Category Archives: Industry Update

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 […]

US DOL Updates FMLA Forms and Seeking Feedback on FMLA

On July 17, 2020, the DOL issued new model notices and forms to be used by employers in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new optional forms are simpler and easier to understand for employers, leave administrators, healthcare providers and employees seeking leave. The DOL made revisions after substantial input […]

NLRB Addresses Offensive Conduct Standard

On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that eases the way for employers to discipline or discharge an employee based on abusive or offensive conduct, such as racist or profane remarks committed while the employee was also engaged in activities that are protected under the National Labor Relations Act […]

DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire July 19, 2020. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended this policy […]