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Update: New Effective Date for Paid Sick Leave and Paid Emergency FMLA Provision in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

We previously provided guidance regarding paid sick time and leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers take note: recently released guidance from the Department of Labor has clarified that the Act will go into effect on April 1, not April 2 as the legislation implied.
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IRS Defers Tax Payment and Filing Obligations Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has deferred both income tax payments and income tax filings to July 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the deadline three months later than the standard April 15, 2020 deadline.

The full Notice 2020-18 (Notice) can be viewed here. Additionally, the IRS has supplemented the Notice with a series of Frequently Asked Questions (IRS FAQs) that are located on the IRS website.

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New Jersey Extends Benefits and Protections to Workers Impacted by COVID-19

On March 25, 2020, by signing legislative bill S2304 into law, Governor Philip Murphy expanded the availability of benefits under the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance (“TDI”) and Family Leave Insurance (“FLI”) programs to employees impacted by epidemic-related illnesses such as COVID-19.  The new law (“Law”) provides numerous key changes to the existing statutory scheme for state-issued disability insurance benefits, family leave insurance benefits, and use of accrued paid sick time.

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HOW TO ASSIST WITH THE MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGE

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop across Canada, medical professionals anticipate that there could be a shortage in medical supplies and equipment. While all levels of government have been taking steps to respond to COVID-19 and to obtain necessary supplies, they have also reached out to the private sector to assist. Read the full article.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS

There are several types of employment insurance benefits available to individuals during this difficult time. Read the full article.

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E-WILLS & LEGISLATIVE CHANGE A NECESSITY IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The Ontario Government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday March 24th at 11:59 pm for a 14 day period, with the potential of lengthening that period as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. While the professional services of lawyers have been listed as one of the essential workplaces excluded from the mandatory closure, the delivery of estate planning legal services is particularly challenging in these trying times. Read the full article.

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LITIGATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: IS YOUR MATTER URGENT?

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court began restricting the matters that would be heard amidst COVID-19 concerns. For civil and commercial matters in Toronto, the Court will only be hearing matters related to outstanding warrants or urgent and time sensitive motions that pose a risk of immediate and significant financial repercussions if they are not dealt with. This leaves an important question unanswered: what is considered urgent? Read the full article.

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New Measures of Assistance for Workers and Employers

By Eliab Taïrou and Marianne Poliquin

March 26, 2020 — RSS’s Labour and Employment Law Practice Group closely monitors developments with measures taken by the federal and Quebec governments to support employers and their workforce.

For instance, as of April 2020, Canada will be implementing a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, that will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

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New Measures of Assistance for Workers and Employers

RSS’s Labour and Employment Law Practice Group closely monitors developments with measures taken by the federal and Quebec governments to support employers and their workforce.

For instance, as of April 2020, Canada will be implementing a new Canada Emergency Response Benefit, that will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

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Temporary Benefit Strategies to Immediately Help Workers: Benefits Guidance in the Time of COVID-19

The closure orders issued by federal and state government authorities across the United States have resulted in the reduction and loss of income for a significant percentage of the U.S. workforce. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Report Act (the “Coronavirus Act”), effective April 2, 2020, providing relief for certain eligible families, employers and businesses. Further legislation is on the horizon. Meanwhile, under existing law, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) permits employers to provide some immediate and direct employee assistance on a tax-favored basis.

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