COMPLIANCE & LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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FEDERAL

FEDERAL COVID-19 TASK FORCE OFFERS GUIDELINES ON OPENING AMERICA

TRUMP SIGNS THE $2 TRILLION CARES ACT

On March 27, President Trump signed the CARES Act "Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act" following a unanimous vote by the Senate. The CARES act includes public health aid to address COVID-19, cash relief for citizens, broad lending for small business and relief for impacted industries.

Review this summary of the CARES Act from the legal team at Steptoe & Johnson here.

Download: Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Read more about small business loans and reimbursements available for paid leave here in our March 27, 2020 blog post.

CARES Act Infographic- posted April 8, 2020

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide and Checklist

US Small Business Administration

SENATE PASSES FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. The leave provisions of the Act take effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Updated DOL FFCRA Regulation Overview- posted April 8, 2020

DOL Issues Correction to FFCRA Regulation- posted on April 13, 2020

DOL FAQ Summary- posted April 8, 2020

FFCRA Small Employer Exemption- posted April 8, 2020

DOL Clarification of Paid Leave Laws- posted March 31, 2020

Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs

Summary of Tax Credits Available

DOL FAQ: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

DOL Paid Leave: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

DOL Model Notice: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

Coronavirus Bill: Health Plan & Paid Leave Provisions: Hylant Webinar Slides- Updated to Address Questions Received Following Webinar on March 24, 2020

The Evolving Landscape of Employer Paid Leave in Light of COVID-19: Hylant/Sun Life Slides

WEBINARS

Employment Compliance Considerations for Re-Opening the Workplace - recording below
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EEOC PANDEMIC FAQ

On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

The FAQs draw from the EEOC’s existing pandemic publication,  Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA, to help employers navigate workplace issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In particular, the EEOC’s FAQs include information from a section of the publication that answers employer questions about what to do after a pandemic has been declared. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains the EEOC’s FAQs.

Employers are subject to the ADA if they have 15 or more employees. Smaller employers may be subject to similar rules under applicable state or local laws.

DOWNLOAD EEOC BULLETIN

COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.

Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in their approach to dealing with COVID-19.

This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation.

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