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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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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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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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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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Attention Employers! New FMLA Forms Are Here

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just released updated model FMLA forms for employer use.  

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Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel could not be more pleased to announce the return of Harold A. Aucoin, J.D., CPA, LL.M., as a partner leading the Firm's Corporate & Transactions Section

Harold now leads the Firm's Corporate & Transactions Section and practices primarily in the areas of business transactions, corporate law, contracts, taxation, and general business. He originally joined the Firm is in 2007 and, after joining a Firm client in 2011, remained special counsel to the Firm until his recent return as a full-time partner.  

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More FFCRA Leave Questions Answered re Summer Camp Closures

Summer is here, and employers and employees are now facing the issue of summer camp closures.    On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (WHD) clarified its enforcement position in Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-4 (FAB), confirming that eligible employees may take paid leave under the federal Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), if their minor children's summer camps or other programs are closed. Read more

OSHA Issues Road Map for Reopening Businesses

Yesterday, OSHA issued guidance detailing a 3-phase roadmap for nonessential businesses reopening their doors following COVID-19 shutdowns and guidelines for employer reopening policies. The guidance outlines 3 phases for reopening the workplace: Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Huge Civil Rights Victory to LGBTQ Workers

Yesterday, in a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Read more

New EEOC Guidance- Part II: Navigating Employment Issues during the Pandemic

As we blogged about yesterday here, the EEOC released additional guidance to help employers navigate tricky workplace issues and decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complete guidance and EEOC FAQ can be found here. Read more




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