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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES GUIDANCE ON FFCRA PAID SICK LEAVE AND EMERGENCY FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

3/31/2020 | General

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by updating a list of “Questions and Answers” about the FFCRA on the DOL.gov site. Below is a summary of some critical points in that guidance: EFFECTIVE DATE OF LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS: The DOL has stated that the first available date for leave is April 1, 2020. The Effective Date of the FFCRA is April 2, 2020, which was 15 days from the FFCRA’s passage […]

Monday, March 30, 2020 – CARES ACT PROVISIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

3/30/2020 | General

On March 27, 2020 the CARES Act, which outlines much publicized small business loans and enhanced unemployment benefits, was passed into law.  There are a few main components of the Act which are most critical for employers:  Small Business Loan programs (including tax relief, loan deferral and forgiveness), enhanced unemployment compensation (UC) benefits, and changes to employee benefits.  The key components are: Small Business Programs Deferral of employer’s share of Social Security tax Amount deferred paid in two installments – […]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NEW SICK LEAVE AND EMERGENCY FMLA POSTER

3/25/2020 | General

As we told you last week, the Department of Labor was required to design a poster for employers to post in a “public place” commonly visited by employees regarding the new paid sick leave and Emergency Family Leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  That poster is here, and the link to the poster is below.  There is also a “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet related to the poster and where employers need to post – the link […]

Monday, March 23, 2020 – Coronavirus Update on Unemployment and Stay at Home Orders

3/23/2020 | General

  PA unemployment – Pennsylvania has eliminated the waiting week and work search requirements for unemployment recipients.  The waiting week was eliminated on March 20, 2020 for claims starting effective 3/16/20. Pennsylvania UC will accept applications for unemployment compensation (“UC”) benefits for employees who are required to quarantine by a health care provider, medical provider, or public official (which MAY include employees who are sick with the virus)– a loosening of prior rules.  The PA UC site indicates that employer-provided […]

ELDI ALERT –CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT PASSED

3/19/2020 | General

Last night, Congress passed and the President of the United States signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”), the anticipated coronavirus relief bill.  The Act has several main components: paid sick leave for affected workers; paid family leave for affected workers; increased unemployment compensation funding to states which loosen their eligibility rules for unemployment compensation benefits; free testing for those needing testing for the COVID-19 virus; expanded food aid; and tax credits to employers who provide […]