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  • Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19) April 3, 2020
    The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has dominated employers’ attention with its provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been trying to answer employers’ questions leading up to April 1, but one […]
    James W. Ward
  • Discounted All-in-One Posters for Your Remote Employees April 2, 2020
    With Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order, California employers are allowing employees to work remotely just so business can continue. During this time, employers should be mindful of the various notices required under federal, state or even local law. Your posting requirements must still be met, even in situations where an employee works remotely from home. (Note: […]
    HRWatchdog
  • Los Angeles City Council Approves Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 April 2, 2020
    On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance to provide supplemental paid sick leave to workers affected by COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has until April 7, 2020, to act, and the new ordinance is not effective until the Mayor signs it. Under the […]
    Bianca Saad
  • Reminder: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Now Effective April 1, 2020
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), federal legislation President Trump signed on March 18, 2020, providing paid sick leave (PSL) and emergency family and medical leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), is now in effect. Employers should remember a few things about this new law. Who does it […]
    James W. Ward
  • COVID-19 Impacts H-1B Visa Applications, Processing March 31, 2020
    As of noon, Eastern time on March 20, the initial (and brand-spankin’ new) 2021 H-1B Visa application process officially closed, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, by March 31, it expects to have notified registrants with selected applications that they’re eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for their named beneficiary. […]
    Jessica Mulholland
  • Guidance on Temporary CalWARN Suspension for COVID-19 March 30, 2020
    As previously reported, on March 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order temporarily suspending the notice requirements of California’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (CalWARN Act), provided employers meet certain conditions specified in the order. Newsom’s order also directed the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to issue guidance on how […]
    James W. Ward
  • Guidance and Poster Issued for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) March 27, 2020
    After President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, 2020, providing paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave related to COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus), employers have raised concerns and questions about how the law applies to them and their employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) […]
    James W. Ward
  • DFEH Issues Employment Information on COVID-19 March 26, 2020
    As California is working to slow the spread of the COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has created DFEH Employment Information on COVID-19 to provide employers with answers to some burning questions. The DFEH’s FAQs cover a range of questions, including: Whether employers may send employees […]
    Katie Culliton
  • DOL Needs Employers’ Input for New Leave Laws March 25, 2020
    Everything is moving fast as COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, is triggering changes in our businesses, economy, laws and even families. The federal government just passed legislation expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and creating a new paid sick leave, both of which go into effect next week. The U.S. Department of Labor […]
    Katie Culliton
  • Form I-9 Document Inspection More Flexible Due to COVID-19 March 24, 2020
    Although COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, is causing employers uncertainty for the future, they’re still hiring — even as many of their employees are working remotely. Federal law, however, requires employers to use the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification to verify employment eligibility and to physically examine each original Section 2 document the employee […]
    Jessica Mulholland