Sessions Law http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/ recent posts en-us Wed, 27 Jan 2021 09:30:38 -0600 How Fraudsters Target Payroll Employees http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/how-fraudsters-target-payroll-employees/ 2021-01-26 14:22:47 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/how-fraudsters-target-payroll-employees/ IRS Modifies Guidance on 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Extending Repayment Period http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/irs-modifies-guidance-on-2020-payroll-tax-deferral-extending-repayment-period/ 2021-01-20 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/irs-modifies-guidance-on-2020-payroll-tax-deferral-extending-repayment-period/ COVID-19 Litigation in 2021: COVID-19 Sick Leave Class Actions Are Here http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/covid-19-litigation-in-2021-covid-19-sick-leave-class-actions-are-here/ 2021-01-05 14:19:45 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/covid-19-litigation-in-2021-covid-19-sick-leave-class-actions-are-here/ Planning to Continue Telework in 2021? Be Ready For Pandemic-Based Phishing Schemes http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/planning-to-continue-telework-in-2021-be-ready-for-pandemic-based-phishing-schemes/ 2020-12-30 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/planning-to-continue-telework-in-2021-be-ready-for-pandemic-based-phishing-schemes/ *New* Federal COVID-19 Aid Legislation Is Finally Here-What Employers Need to Know http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-federal-covid-19-aid-legislation-is-finally-here-what-employers-need-to-know/ Back in April 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Now, after months of debate, the second COVID-19 economic aid package, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, is here.  President Trump has not signed the new legislation into law just yet.  But a broad outline of the new legislation is below:

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2020-12-23 13:11:50 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-federal-covid-19-aid-legislation-is-finally-here-what-employers-need-to-know/
EEOC Issues New Guidance on the COVID-19 Vaccine http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/eeoc-issues-new-guidance-on-the-covid-19-vaccine/ Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance regarding how employers should manage COVID-19 vaccine decisions. The complete guidance can be found here. Here are 5 important takeaways from today's EEOC's publication:

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2020-12-16 15:29:32 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/eeoc-issues-new-guidance-on-the-covid-19-vaccine/
Alert: California Consumer Privacy Act Changes Impact Employers & Companies http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/alert-california-consumer-privacy-act-changes-impact-employers-companies/ 2020-11-17 11:25:35 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/alert-california-consumer-privacy-act-changes-impact-employers-companies/ How to Respond to Anti-Mask Sentiment at Work http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/how-to-respond-to-anti-mask-sentiment-at-work/ 2020-11-13 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/how-to-respond-to-anti-mask-sentiment-at-work/ Attention Employers: CDC Updates Definition of "Close Contact" http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/attention-employers-cdc-updates-definition-of-close-contact/ 2020-10-22 11:42:42 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/attention-employers-cdc-updates-definition-of-close-contact/ MORE COVID-19 LITIGATION IS HERE- ARE YOU AT RISK? http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-litigation-is-here-are-you-at-risk/ The coronavirus pandemic has spawned hundreds of employment-related charges and lawsuits, including dozens of class actions.

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2020-09-29 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-litigation-is-here-are-you-at-risk/
NEW EEOC GUIDANCE - PART IV: CONFIDENTIALITY OF EMPLOYEE MEDICAL INFORMATION http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-eeoc-guidance-part-iv-confidentiality-of-employee-medical-information/ 2020-09-16 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-eeoc-guidance-part-iv-confidentiality-of-employee-medical-information/ NEW EEOC GUIDANCE - PART III: COVID-19 TESTING AND MEDICAL EXAMS http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-eeoc-guidance-part-iii-covid-19-testing-and-medical-exams/ 2020-09-14 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-eeoc-guidance-part-iii-covid-19-testing-and-medical-exams/ IMPORTANT NEWS FOR FFCRA EMPLOYERS: DOL UPDATED RULE RE FFCRA LEAVE ISSUED http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/important-news-for-ffcra-employers-dol-updated-rule-re-ffcra-leave-issued/ 2020-09-14 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/important-news-for-ffcra-employers-dol-updated-rule-re-ffcra-leave-issued/ Questions Remain Following IRS Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/questions-remain-following-irs-guidance-on-payroll-tax-deferral/ Earlier this month President Trump issued a memorandum directing Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to allow for the deferral of the withholding and remittance of the employee portion of federal payroll taxes from September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 for workers earning less than $4,000 bi-weekly. With the memorandum taking effect on September 1 and no guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, employers and payroll processers were left asking questions.

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2020-09-03 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/questions-remain-following-irs-guidance-on-payroll-tax-deferral/
NEW DOL GUIDANCE ON SCHOOL REOPENING AND FFCRA http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-dol-guidance-on-school-reopening-and-ffcra/ 2020-09-02 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-dol-guidance-on-school-reopening-and-ffcra/ *NEW* FORM I-9 GUIDANCE - COVID-19 TEMPORARY CHANGES & MORE http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-form-i-9-guidance-covid-19-temporary-changes-more/ 2020-08-31 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-form-i-9-guidance-covid-19-temporary-changes-more/ TELEWORK-HERE TO STAY? DON'T WORRY, WE CAN HELP http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/telework-here-to-stay-don-t-worry-we-can-help/ 2020-08-27 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/telework-here-to-stay-don-t-worry-we-can-help/ STATE PAID SICK LEAVE MANDATES-NEW CO UPDATES AND MORE http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/state-paid-sick-leave-mandates-new-co-updates-and-more/ 2020-08-27 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/state-paid-sick-leave-mandates-new-co-updates-and-more/ When COVID-Mary Goes to School Live Employment Law Training Wednesday at 11CST/12EST - Presented by ACA International http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/when-covid-mary-goes-to-school-live-employment-law-training-wednesday-at-11cst-12est-presented-by-aca-international/ 2020-08-25 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/when-covid-mary-goes-to-school-live-employment-law-training-wednesday-at-11cst-12est-presented-by-aca-international/ Unemployment Insurance Benefits Fraud is on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/unemployment-insurance-benefits-fraud-is-on-the-rise-amid-covid-19-pandemic/ 2020-08-21 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/unemployment-insurance-benefits-fraud-is-on-the-rise-amid-covid-19-pandemic/ OSHA Provides Guidance Regarding the Safety of Face Coverings http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/osha-provides-guidance-regarding-the-safety-of-face-coverings/ Do you have employees who have expressed that it's "unsafe" to wear a face covering throughout the workday? If yes, you're not alone.   There are some adults who cannot safely wear a face covering. Specifically, CDC guidance states that a person "who has trouble breathing" should not wear a face mask, along with anyone who is "unconscious," "incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance."  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

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2020-08-17 17:28:13 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/osha-provides-guidance-regarding-the-safety-of-face-coverings/
New York District Court Vacates Parts of FFCRA Final Rule (Including Work Availability Rule) http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-york-district-court-vacates-parts-of-ffcra-final-rule-including-work-availability-rule/ Today, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York vacated several provisions in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s FFCRA regulations.  As we blogged about here, the DOL issued a Final Rule on FFCRA leave back in April.  Among other things, the Final Rule lays out circumstances when an employee is not eligible for FFCRA benefits due to lack of work, and that employees may only take FFCRA leave intermittently with their employer's consent.

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2020-08-04 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/new-york-district-court-vacates-parts-of-ffcra-final-rule-including-work-availability-rule/
Form I-9 Penalties Just Went Up http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/form-i-9-penalties-just-went-up/ The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, in accordance with annual inflation. The new fines are effective immediately for penalties assessed after June 17, 2020 for associated violations which occurred after November 2, 2015.  

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2020-07-28 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/form-i-9-penalties-just-went-up/
MORE COVID-19 DOL GUIDANCE: PART 2 - FLSA http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-dol-guidance-part-2-flsa/ As we blogged about here, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on COVID-19 return-to-work issues.  Part 2 of this series focuses on the additional guidance issued under the FLSA.

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2020-07-27 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-dol-guidance-part-2-flsa/
MORE COVID-19 DOL GUIDANCE: PART 1 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-dol-guidance-part-1/ On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on COVID-19 return-to-work issues under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  

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2020-07-24 00:00:00 http://www.sessions-law.com/news-resources/more-covid-19-dol-guidance-part-1/