April 20, 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Should Employers Require Employees to Wear Facemasks?

As employers begin considering return to work strategies, many are wondering whether they should permit or require individuals to wear facemasks at work. It may be surprising to many companies, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has published detailed standards and guidance …›

DOL Issues Regulations for Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 6, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published regulations regarding the paid leave programs previously established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and later revised in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security …›

Payroll Tax Relief Provisions of COVID-19 Legislation

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has passed legislation to encourage continued payment of wages and benefits by providing relief to employers in the form of payroll-related tax credits, loans, and tax-deferral programs, including: - for businesses with fewer …›

April 2, 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Treasury Department Issues Guidance (and Application) for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury Department released its guidance concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was authorized by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the PPP, qualified small businesses, eligible non‑profits, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors may …›

DOL Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Critical Issues for Employers Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 28, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published additional guidance on nearly two dozen more “critical issues” that the DOL had not addressed in its previous guidance on the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Our March 26, …›

CARES Act – What Employers Should Know (Part I): Paid Emergency Sick and Public Health Emergency Leave and More

By unanimous vote on March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the largest stimulus measure the United States has ever seen, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The bill—totaling a whopping 880 pages—tackles numerous issues on several fronts in an …›

DOL Releases "First Round of Published Guidance" on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Since we last reported on the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released Fact Sheets for employees and employers and a set of Questions and Answers (“Q&As”) clarifying several issues related to the paid leave and …›