Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 3, 2020

By Theresa E. Rusnak

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the first regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFRCA became effective on April 1 as well, and provides for Emergency Family and Medical Leave (EFMLA) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL). Both laws apply to private employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as some public employers. 

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the CARES Act

April 1, 2020

By Paul J. Buehler III and Mallory A. Campbell

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—a $2 trillion stimulus bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment insurance portion of this act, known as the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act, provides enhanced unemployment benefits including larger benefit amounts, availability for a longer period of time, and extended coverage for individuals who are not typically eligible for unemployment benefits, as outlined below.

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Federal Paid Sick Leave and Expansion of FMLA Benefits – Health Care Provider and Emergency Responder Exemptions

March 30, 2020

By Jacqueline A. Smith and Jessica C. Moller

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides paid sick leave and amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include a new qualifying reason for leave related to COVID-19. However, the FFCRA permits employers to exempt “health care providers” and “emergency responders” from eligibility for these benefits.

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Questions and Answers Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 30, 2020

By Adam P. Mastroleo

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was enacted.  The statute left many questions regarding its implementation and administration unanswered.  Over the past several days, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) has been publishing questions and answers addressing some of these unanswered questions.  Here is a summary of some of the key information provided by the DOL.

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New York State Issues FAQs Regarding the New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

March 25, 2020

By Subhash Viswanathan

New York State recently published some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 paid sick leave law that was enacted last week.  The FAQs clarify some aspects of the law that were not clear from the text of the statute and give some insight into the manner in which the law will be interpreted and enforced.

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A Summary of New York's COVID-19 Leave Law

March 23, 2020

By Katherine S. McClung

Last week, New York enacted new legislation regarding leave and other benefits for certain employees relating to COVID-19.  (The federal government also passed the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, which we have covered in a prior blog post).  Unlike the federal laws, which take effect on April 2, the state law took effect immediately.  Here is a summary of what employees are entitled to receive under this new law.

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The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: A Summary for Employers

March 20, 2020

By Andrew D. Bobrek

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed by President Trump on March 18, Congress enacted the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.  Both of these enactments impose significant new obligations on employers.  Here is a summary of what employers need to know.

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COVID-19: Update from the Governor’s Press Conference Today

March 20, 2020

By Hermes Fernandez and Caitlin A. Anderson

In his daily press briefing, Governor Cuomo stated this morning that all non-essential businesses will be required to reduce their workplace staffs to zero.  He stated that this will be enforced.  Violations of the workplace reduction will result in civil fines and even mandatory closure for any business not in compliance.  NOTE:  ESSENTIAL SERVICES DO NOT HAVE TO BE REDUCED.

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New Executive Order Requires Reduction of In-Person Workforce by 75%

March 20, 2020

By Hermes Fernandez and Caitlin A. Anderson

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.6 late on March 18th.  Under the order, effective as of March 20th at 8 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities are to use any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize to the maximum extent possible.  This order does not apply to government entities, municipalities and public schools.  This order requires every employer, unless exempted, to reduce its in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% by today, March 20th, at 8 p.m.

On March 19th, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.7.  This order requires every employer, unless exempted, to reduce its in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% by tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m.

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Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order 202.6 to Reduce In-Person Workforce by 50%

March 19, 2020

By Hermes Fernandez and Caitlin A. Anderson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.6 late on March 18.  Under the order, effective as of March 20 at 8 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities are to use any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize to the maximum extent possible.

Most importantly, unless excepted, each employer is to reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% by tomorrow, Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m.

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