Tag Archives: covid-19

Paycheck Protection Program Amendments Signed into Law

Amendments to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were signed into law on Friday, June 5, 2020. Since being established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March 2020, the PPP has been the subject of additional stimulus bills, legal guidance and interim final rules. In the latest development, […]

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Two Field Assistance Bulletins (FABs) to Address Child Labor and FFCRA Eligibility Due Summer Childcare Concerns

With school and summer activity schedules greatly altered as the country continues to reopen while dealing with coronavirus, the DOL issued two FABs on June 26 to clarify issues relevant to the pandemic’s effects on employees and the workplace. The new FABs address: FAB 2020-3: When a physically closed school is considered “in session” relative […]

OSHA Recommends that Employers Encourage Workers to Wear Face Coverings at Work

As the national economy reopens, an unprecedented number of workers will be required to wear faces masks in the workplace for the first time. To help employers provide a safer work environment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the use of masks […]

New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory

In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states across the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the state has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. […]

DOL Launches Employee Tool for Determining FFCRA Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The tool poses questions to help employees assess whether their employers are subject to the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. Then, for employees whose employers are covered by the […]

OSHA’s Guidance on Reopening for Non-Essential Businesses

On June 18, 2020, OSHA issued “Guidance on Returning to Work” for non-essential businesses. The guidance sets forth three phases for reopening, and OSHA states that “During each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to focus on strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee […]

IRS Provides More COVID-19 Relief for Cafeteria Plans

Due to the changing landscape related to COVID-19, and employees’ needs related to their benefits, the IRS has recently made a change to the Section 125 rules regarding the ability to make mid-year benefit changes. In summary, the guidance states: Plans may allow employee mid-year health election changes (that would otherwise be irrevocable) for: Employees […]

U.S. Department of Labor is Now Enforcing Compliance of the Provisions of the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) initially gave employers time to comply with and correct mistakes without facing scrutiny related to providing leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect on April 1, 2020. However, the DOL has officially started its enforcement efforts and has begun to issue penalties for […]

The Lasting Impacts of COVID-19 on the Workplace

 With millions of Americans required to self-quarantine or shelter at home, thousands of companies of all sizes and industries have been affected. From travel restrictions and remote work, to furloughs and layoffs, life has changed drastically and rapidly.  Even after this crisis ends, it’s likely that social distancing will have a lasting impact – and […]

Preparing Your Workplace to Reopen Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s hard to believe almost two months have lapsed since non-essential businesses in New York (NY) were forced to close or shift to 100% remote work. While President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts, each state will ultimately be responsible for […]