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  • DOL Provides Guidance on Small Employer Exemption to Coronavirus Paid Leave March 30, 2020
    New FAQs on the FFCRA Address Small Employer Exemption The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new FAQs that address the small employer exemption to certain paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Small
  • DOL Issues Guidance Documents on FFCRA March 27, 2020
    Guidance materials on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act are now available for employers from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Links to the materials, which explain how the law will be implemented and include required notices, can be found on a DOL webpage dedicated to COVID-19.
  • DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1 March 25, 2020
    Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April – Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of
  • Congress Passes Coronavirus Aid Law March 18, 2020
    On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law a coronavirus relief bill, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for reasons related to the pandemic, among other measures.
  • Health Plans Must Provide Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing March 18, 2020
    Health Plans Must Cover COVID 19 Testing At No Charge On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed its second coronavirus relief measure – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act). President Trump is expected to sign the bill into
  • House Approves Corrections to Coronavirus Relief Bill March 17, 2020
    On March 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed technical corrections to the coronavirus relief bill, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • House of Representatives Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill March 16, 2020
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 14, 2020, following negotiations with the White House. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.
  • Deal Reached on Coronavirus Aid March 14, 2020
    The White House and U.S. House of Representatives have reached a deal that would involve several billion dollars in federal spending and provide free medical testing, paid leave, food assistance for poor families, and other aid for people affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • CO Mandates Paid Employee Sick Days for COVID-19 Testing March 12, 2020
    Effective immediately, Colorado employers in seven industries must give employees up to four days of paid sick leave for testing coronavirus (COVID 19) testing.
  • California Labor Commissioner Issues Guidance on Coronavirus March 12, 2020
    The FAQs address issues such as leave for employees under quarantine or at risk of exposure, questioning employees about their travel to high-risk areas, and the effect of operational shutdowns on employee compensation.

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