CARES Act & FFCRA Amendments

This post was prepared by my partner Heather A. Kmetz. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which passed yesterday provides employers with tax incentives to retain employees and continue operations, including amendments to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, enacted 03/18/2020): Expanded Payroll Tax Relief.  Employers are allowed to delay their… Continue reading CARES Act & FFCRA Amendments

DOL Guidance on FFCRA

Yesterday, the DOL issued some initial guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. Questions and Answers are here:  The DOL has also issued a fact sheet for employees and employers: There is also guidance on how employers give notice to employees of their rights under the FFCRA, including how to give… Continue reading DOL Guidance on FFCRA

OFLA Extension of Sick Child Leave & A Helpful Link for Oregon Employers

Things are changing fast and some employers may have missed an emergency rule issued by BOLI last week. Under OFLA, eligible employees have always been able to take sick child leave to care for an employee’s child suffering from an illness, injury or condition that requires home care but is not a serious health condition.… Continue reading OFLA Extension of Sick Child Leave & A Helpful Link for Oregon Employers

H.R. 6201 Passed & BOLI issued new OFLA Rule

Last night, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed the Senate and was signed by the President. The law, as passed, has some significant changes from the original version passed by the House. The law goes into effect in 15 days and the Department of Labor is supposed to issue regulations to interpret… Continue reading H.R. 6201 Passed & BOLI issued new OFLA Rule

Changes to H.R. 6201

Earlier today, a revised version of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act passed the Senate. Significant changes were made to the version of the law passed by the House on March 14th (see earlier post). Information about the law, as passed, will be posted tomorrow. The law takes effect on April 2, 2020.

Washington Issues Employer Guidance on Covid-19

Today, Washington L&I issued a hazard alert to help employers make workplaces safer during the novel Coronavirus outbreak.  The alert is here: Coronavirus HazAlert Washington employers should also check the CDC and Washington State Department of Health websites on an ongoing basis as this is a rapidly evolving situation.  

COVID-19 Resources for Employers

The Oregon Employment Department has issued guidance to employers (and employees) about COVID-19 related business layoffs, closures and unemployment insurance: The CDC has resources for businesses and employers: CDC recommendations include the following: Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home… Continue reading COVID-19 Resources for Employers