Category Archives: Industry Update

OFCCP Releases New Audit Lists

A new list of establishments scheduled to undergo an OFCCP audit has been posted. The list includes 2,250 service & supply contractors. This year’s list includes institutions of higher education, which were excluded from the prior list while OFCCP provided additional technical guidance to contractors in this field and updated training and procedures for compliance officers.Two new […]

US DOL Issues Guidance Clarifying Employers’ Obligations to Track Compensable Hours for Teleworkers

With telework arrangements expanding in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2020-5 to clarify an employer’s obligation to track the number of hours of compensable work by employees who are teleworking or otherwise working away from premises controlled by their employers. […]

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Extended to September 19

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced yet another 30-day extension of the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I-9 documents, until Sept. 19, 2020.  This exemption applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. The original news release explains how to obtain, remotely […]

DOL Releases Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of July 31, 2020. As a reminder, employers with group health plans that cover participants in states that provide premium assistance subsidies through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are required to notify their employees annually, […]

DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued questions and answers (Q&As) on when federal contractors must include Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or Executive Order 13706 fringe benefits or their monetary equivalent for workers taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The SCA and DBA require certain federal contractors to […]

President Trump Orders Payroll Tax Deferment

On August 8, President Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from September 1 to December 31, 2020. Because the order is for a deferral, the unpaid taxes will need to be recouped later, unless the Department can find an avenue to eliminate the obligation to pay the taxes. […]

Supplemental Unemployment Benefits

On August 8, President Trump signed a series of executive orders and memorandums intended to provide financial relief to employees and those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the presidential actions called on regulators to allow a weekly supplemental unemployment benefit of up to $400, with $300 to be […]

Leave Allowed Only When In-Person Learning Is Not an Option

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in different school reopening situations, including those that offer hybrid learning, which blends in-person with distance learning. The FFCRA allows certain employees to take up to two […]

Form I-9 Verification Due to EAD Production Delays

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed.  As a result, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing […]