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New Tax Credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”). The Senate is expected to pass the Act this week and President Trump has indicated that he will sign it. The government, however, has indicated that further revisions to the Act may be required.

If enacted into law, the Act would require many employers to provide paid sick and family medical leave to their employees, in addition to making other changes. These provisions are intended to mitigate the economic hardship that many employees would face if the coronavirus forced them to miss work for an extended period of time. These new requirements apply only in the case of a private employers who employ less than 500 employees. These provisions of the Act are discussed in our prior alert here. Read more…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Immigration Compliance and Travel Restrictions

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, federal, state, and local governments around the world are implementing travel bans and quarantine restrictions swiftly and without much warning. As employers implement work from home measures and limited travel policies, it is important to consider their impact on foreign nationals with employer-sponsored work visa status. Read more…

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Opinion | Erin McCool: COVID-19: What should employers know?

As COVID-19 continues to spread through our communities, the state and federal governments are beginning to take actions intended to protect businesses and employees.

The most pressing questions that employers are dealing with include how to protect their workers from contracting the virus and what to do if any employee has either contracted the virus, has been quarantined, or has a family member that has contracted the virus or been quarantined. Read more…

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Labor & Employment Alert >> The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know

On March 14, 2020, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), which the Senate is expected to approve in sum and substance sometime this week. President Trump has expressed approval for the legislation, which will go into effect 15 days after the Act is signed into law and will continue through December 31, 2020. Read more…

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COVID-19 Bill with FMLA leave and sick pay provisions is passed by House and moves to Senate

In response to the unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 14 the  U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is intended to provide a broad range of assistance to businesses and individuals. Specifically, for employers and employees the bill includes measures that will expand the FMLA and provide for emergency paid leave for employers of 500 or fewer employees. The bill would extend these protections through the end of 2020.  Read more…

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Insurance Coverage for the Coronavirus

The recent spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) poses risks not only to human health, but also to the financial wellbeing of many businesses. To date, businesses have been forced to take significant actions in responding to the disease, including cancelling events and even ceasing or suspending operations altogether. As the coronavirus and its ripple effects continue to impact day-to-day life and commerce, businesses may face additional disruptions that could significantly affect their operations and finances. Read more…

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Health Care Employers: How to Prepare for the Impact of COVID-19 on Your Workforce

By Nathaniel M. GlasserArthur J. Fried, Steven M. Swirsky & Maxine Adams

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the 2019 novel coronavirus (known as “COVID-19”) is now a pandemic. The effects continue to be felt in the United States, which currently has well over 1,000 cases of COVID-19. As of March 12, 2020, 19 states have declared a state of emergency to ensure there are resources to address the coronavirus, and President Trump has announced a ban on travel to and from Europe for 30 days starting on Friday, March 13, 2020, which was extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland on March 15th. Additionally, on March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency.   Given the prevalence of the coronavirus in the United States and the growing numbers of cases globally, health care employers should take extra precaution with their employees. As all public health communications are making clear, efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 will not only prevent illness, but they will also reduce the pandemic’s potential to overwhelm critical health care resources.

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As the Coronavirus threatens the normal operations of business throughout the country, banks may consider how to tackle the disruption and protect employees and customers while continuing to comply with regulatory obligations. While the country works through the challenges presented by the Coronavirus, the ability of our banks to seamlessly maintain banking services and the availability of loans to those businesses most significantly stressed by the crisis will be critical to maintaining consumer confidence in the strength and resilience of our economy. Read more…

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House Coronavirus Response Act – What Employers Need to Know

Early this morning, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed significant legislation, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), in response to the anticipated impact of COVID-19. The Act provides a broad group of employees a right to emergency paid sick leave and also expands protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The House Bill also bolsters unemployment insurance and provides uninsured Americans coverage for testing. A bipartisan effort, the Senate is expected to pass the legislation early next week. The President has also expressed his support for the Act.  Read more…

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Colorado Mandates 4 Days of Paid Leave for COVID-19 Testing

On March 10, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order directing he Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (“DLE”) to create emergency rules to “ensure workers in food handling, hospitality, child care, health care, and education can get paid sick leave to miss work if they exhibit flu-like symptoms and have to miss work awaiting testing results for COVID-19.”

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