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New EEOC Guidance - Part IV: Confidentiality of Employee Medical Information

On Monday we blogged about the EEOC's updated guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic regarding testing and medical exams.  As we previously blogged about in Part I: here, Part II: here and Part III: here, the EEOC has issued multiple Q&As regarding testing, the ADA, and accommodations during these last 6 months.  The complete guidance and EEOC FAQs can be found here. Read more

Important News for FFCRA Employers: DOL Updated Rule re FFCRA Leave Issued

On Friday, September 11, 2020, the DOL updated its regulations regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), clarifying certain provisions that were previously struck down by a federal court in the Southern District of New York. The updated Rule takes effect September 16, 2020. The complete text of the Rule be found here. Read more

New EEOC Guidance - Part III: COVID-19 Testing and Medical Exams

On September 8 the EEOC provided employers with additional guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we previously blogged about in Part I: here and Part II: here, the EEOC has issued multiple Q&As regarding testing, the ADA, and accommodations during these last 6 months.  The complete guidance and EEOC FAQs can be found here. Read more

New DOL Guidance On School Reopening and FFCRA

Just in time for back-to-school, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published responses to three new frequently asked questions regarding paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for the reopening of schools.  (Note: The DOL has not yet addressed the New York federal judge's ruling earlier this month which invalidated several provisions of the FFCRA, which we blogged about here.)  The DOL also issued a letter providing guidance to states on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits available for parents unable to work due to remote learning.  Read more

*NEW* Form I-9 Guidance - COVID-19 Temporary Changes & More

As we blogged about here, the Department of Homeland Security has relaxed some of the Form I-9 requirements for all remote workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following that announcement, DHS released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, which we blogged about here.  More recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS) has announced more changes. Read more

State Paid Sick Leave Mandates-New CO Updates and More

Across the U.S., dozens of states and municipalities have enacted mandatory employer-provided paid sick leave laws, which are now in effect or scheduled to go into effect in the coming months (e.g., Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, etc.). 

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Telework-Here to Stay? Don't Worry, We Can Help

COVID-19 has shifted the way we work and forced millions of employees and business leaders to perform their jobs remotely. The switch to telework was fast and furious, and sound telework policies may not have been at the forefront of your transition plan during the chaotic early days of the pandemic. 

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When COVID-Mary Goes to School Live Employment Law Training Wednesday at 11CST/12EST - Presented by ACA International

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 11CST/12EST, SFNI attorneys, Elizabeth Fite Blanco and Rachel Morris, will lead a Live Video Training Seminar regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the legal issues presented by children returning to schools online or partially online. Read more

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Fraud is on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

During the pandemic, unemployment insurance (UI) benefits fraud has spiked dramatically. This is not surprising given the title wave of federal money and overwhelming number of UI claims filed in the last 6 months...over 50 million UI claims since March 2020 at last count. Read more

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 Read more




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