Category Archives: Industry Update

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 […]

U.S. DOL Publishes More Q&As on Employment Laws and Coronavirus

On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in workplace situations involving COVID-19. The DOL’s new guidance on COVID-19 and the FLSA addresses […]

State Mandated COVID-19 Safety Training

The NY Forward, phased guidelines include training requirements that employers must adhere to when reopening their workplaces. However, employers who operate in other states should know that there is considerable variation by state when it comes to the requirements of employer-provided COVID-19 safety training.   More than a dozen states currently require employers to provide COVID-19 safety […]