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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    By Attorneys with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an "Employee Rights" poster or notice for the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave components of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
  • Monday, March 30, 2020
    Along with its requirements for paid leave and unemployment insurance, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, H.R. 6201) also imposes new coverage requirements on group health plans that relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Friday, March 27, 2020
    By Tammy Binford, Contributing Editor
    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing disruptions throughout society, and government agencies aren’t immune from the need to make changes to normal practices.
  • In light of the unusual state of current affairs employers are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it will exercise discretion to defer the “in-person” requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).
  • By Steve Jones, Jack Nelson Jones, P.A.
    Employers know workers’ compensation is tilted in favor of employees receiving benefits. It’s designed that way since employees are surrendering their right to sue employers for negligence in return for the workers’ comp insurance coverage. Thus, employers must be particularly vigilant to protect their rights in the claims process. A recent Arkansas Court of Appeals ruling illustrates the reality.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    By Kim Buckey, VP, Client Services, DirectPath
    For most HR professionals, enrollment season is no longer top of mind—it’s either months behind them or still a few months away. But the relative quiet of late winter/early spring is actually the ideal time to evaluate the last open enrollment season and benefits communications from the past year to prepare for the year ahead.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic. In this 3-part article series we cover these factors across several wage and hour topics. In this installment, we will cover several pay issues and scenarios.

  • Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic In this installment we will cover the use of volunteers as well as the rules around asking employees to work longer hours or perform job functions other than their usual work.

  • Employers faced with a pandemic need to know how to manage a variety of wage and hour issues. Federal law has addressed many of the factors to consider when preparing for or working through a pandemic. In this 3-part article series we will cover these factors across several wage and hour topics. In this installment, we will cover several pay issues and scenarios. Keep in mind that individual state laws or collective bargaining agreements may apply as well.

  • UPDATED for Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, and Utah

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance March 12 that outlines the flexibility states have in this area to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits when an employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work.

    Employees affected by coronavirus-related closures generally will be eligible for unemployment compensation. Most states have acted to waiving the usual one-week waiting period and other requirements.

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