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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 […]

CORONAVIRUS BEST PRACTICES AND CAUTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

3/11/2020 | General

Although the news on the coronavirus expands daily as schools close and events are postponed, employers cannot shut down their businesses indefinitely.  Employers increasingly are dealing with inquiries from concerned employees and must be prepared to respond.  There are both hygiene considerations and employment law considerations which employers should address: Hygiene Considerations and Best Practices Encourage employees to wash their hands frequently with soap and water. CDC guidance is clear that frequent handwashing is one of the best methods to […]

NEW WAGE AND HOUR RULE FINALIZED; EFFECTIVE 1/1/20

9/24/2019 | Client Alerts

JUST ANNOUNCED 9/24/19 – the Department of Labor has finalized the new overtime rules, and those rules become effective on January 1, 2020. Under the overtime rules, there is a minimum salary level which an employee must earn before that employee can be considered for one of the exemptions to overtime. Effective January 1, 2020, that minimum salary level will increase to $35,568.00 per year (or $684.00 per week). The previous levels were $23,660.00 per year or $455 per week. […]

NEW OVERTIME RULE PENDING – NEW MINIMUM SALARY PROPOSED

3/8/2019 | Articles

We have known that this was coming for a while – the change to the overtime laws which would increase the minimum salary an employee must be paid for that employee to be exempt from overtime payments, otherwise known as the “salary threshold.” If an employee performs the tasks of a manager, licensed professional, or an administrator AND the employee is paid at least the “salary threshold” amount, that employee can be exempt from overtime – meaning that the employee […]

Amazon Pays Workers to Leave

10/4/2018 | Articles

ARE THEY CRAZY? AMAZON PAYS UNHAPPY EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE         Recently the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, issued a letter to shareholders in which Mr. Bezos discussed an innovative way in which Amazon deals with unhappy employees at one of Amazon’s order fulfillment centers. Once a year, Amazon offers those employees the ability to leave their job if they are unhappy with the job for any reason. If the offer is accepted in the first year, Amazon […]