Labor & Employment

Expansion of work share programs under the CARES Act

Among other temporary revisions to unemployment assistance programs, the recently passed CARES Act includes provisions aimed at expanding the effectiveness of state “short-time compensation” programs, also known as “work share” programs. READ MORE

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ARGENTINA – CLIENT ALERT SUSPENSION OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT CAUSE AND FOR REASONS OF FORCE MAJEURE

On March 31, 2020, the Decree of Necessity and Urgency No. 329/2020 was published in the Official Gazette, which prohibits dismissals without just cause and on the grounds of lack or reduction of work and force majeure for a period of 60 days from the date of its publication (that is, May 30, 2020).

Likewise, said decree prohibits suspensions for reasons of force majeure or lack or reduction of work for a period of 60 days from the date of its publication.

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Labour Law News – Coronavirus No 1

We complete our “FLASH INFOS” of 20 March 2020 to inform you about the latest news:

  • Adoption and publication in the Official Journal of the emergency law n°2020-290
    of 23 March 2020 to face the epidemic of Covid-19;
  • Draft decree on partial activity (pending its adoption and publication).
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NEWS – LABOUR LAW SPECIAL FLASH COVID-19

In view of the coronavirus epidemic in Europe and particularly in France, companies must take measures to both protect their employees and also ensure the continuity of economic activity or at least preserve it. Read more…

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LABOUR LAW NEWS – CORONAVIRUS N°2 EXECUTIVE ORDERS OF MARCH 2020

The Executive Orders authorized by the Emergency Law to adapt labour law to the health crisis have just been published in the French official journal « Journal Officiel ». Here is a summary of the main provisions: Read more…

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IS YOUR BUSINESS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT?

The Government of Canada is responding to the economic hardships faced by businesses throughout Canada. On Friday March 27th, 2020, the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new measure to support small businesses and not-for-profits dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. The announcement is part of the government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $107 billion in support to Canadians. Read the full article.

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Navigating the state’s wage subsidy scheme and an employer’s ability to reduce pay

As employers try to chart their route through the current and inescapable business continuity issues that the current Covid-19 crisis presents, management teams are searching for methods to reduce cost.

Unfortunately, the first overhead under the microscope for decision-makers is often employee pay. Read more…

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You Are Excused: Force Majeure and the Workplace in the COVID-19 Era

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has changed the workplace.  Travel restrictions, shelter-in-place orders, and mandatory closures have meant that it is far from business as usual for nearly all employers.  The unprecedented events of the last few weeks have forced many employers, facing major business disruptions or closures, to make tough decisions about hiring, layoffs, furloughs, and compensation.

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Congress Passes the CARES Act and the DOL Provides Updated FFCRA Guidance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump and became effective on March 27, 2020.  The unprecedented legislation, which experts estimate will inject over $2 Trillion into the U.S. economy, has many pertinent changes to existing law with significant impact for employers, employees and other workers. While the Davis Malm Employment Law Practice Group continues to analyze the CARES Act, this Alert provides a summary of relevant changes, as well as updated guidance from the Department of Labor regarding paid sick and leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read more…

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letters Clarifying Regular Rate Principles

In addition to its recent, exigent responsibility of preparing guidance on the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has issued three new opinion letters addressing the excludability of certain types of payments from the regular rate of pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  While these opinion letters do not tread new ground, they are useful reminders of important regular rate principles and merit careful review.

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