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Masks or Cloth Face Coverings Required in Workplace

As a result of the Governor’s latest Executive Order 7BB, employers must now provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees who must wear face masks at all times in the workplace.  Executive Order 7BB, effective Monday, April 20th at 8 p.m., requires all individuals in any public place where it is not possible to maintain a […]

Latest Executive Order Mandates Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Businesses

In the State’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Lamont issued his 23rd Executive Order late on Tuesday, April 7.  Executive Order 7V mandates that essential businesses “shall take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between and among employees, customers, and others entering the workplace, such as delivery drivers, maintenance people, or […]

DOL Regulations on New Paid Leave Requirements Contain Some Surprises

On April 1, the Department of Labor issued a Temporary Rule providing further clarification on implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which went into effect on that date.  The rule follows earlier guidance issued by the DOL. These regulations contain some  surprises – even appearing  to rewrite the legislation in some instances.  This article summarizes some key […]

IRS Issues Guidance on New Paid Leave Requirements

IRS guidance for employers claiming tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) provides important information.  This article details some of the highlights of the IRS guidance.  The complete guidance is available here.  To learn about the basic leave requirements under FFCRA, read our previous summaries here and here.  To learn more about the tax credits available to non-government employers, read […]

COVID-19 Workplace Considerations – What You Need to Know

On April 1, Berchem Moses PC presented a Virtual HR Bootcamp to cover Employment Law implications of COVID-19 including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Speakers for this session were Attorneys Paula N. Anthony, and Rebecca Goldberg. Attached is the PowerPoint presentation that was discussed in the meeting. As everyone works to keep up with the rapid developments […]

DOL Clarifies Some Aspects of Emergency Coronavirus Leave Provisions

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a “Questions and Answers” document providing much-needed clarification of some of the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The document is available here.  This article addresses just a few of the issues clarified by the guidance.  If you are not familiar with the basics of FFCRA, a thorough explanation of […]

CARES Act Provides Federal Relief – How it Affects Unemployment Compensation

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law on Friday, March 27th, providing $2 trillion in relief to individuals, businesses, and state and local governments.  The law provides enhanced benefits to employees and relief for certain employers under the Unemployment Compensation systems of states, provided that the states enter into […]

State and Federal Departments of Labor Update Notices to Employees

Connecticut DOL Pink Slip Update In response to the current public health crisis related to COVID-19, Connecticut’s Department of Labor has updated the form provided to employees when they are discharged, laid off, or furloughed to add “leave of absence” under “Reason for Unemployment”.  Employers should use this form effective immediately.  The updated form can […]

DOL Poster on Coronavirus Relief Causes Confusion

Careful readers of the new Department of Labor poster explaining employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act noticed what may be an error, or at least very confusing language.  The third bullet point suggests that an employee can receive up to $12,000 for paid sick leave and emergency FMLA for 10 weeks of […]