- NY Federal Court Partly Strikes Down FFCRA Leave Regulations August 4, 2020In a case brought by the New York attorney general, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has vacated portions of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- Virginia Adopts Safety and Health Standard for COVID-19 August 3, 2020The New Emergency Temporary Standard Requires Job Risk Assessments, Employee Training and Customized Control and Prevention Measures Virginia has adopted an occupational safety and health standard to protect employees within the state from COVID 19. This Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
- Massachusetts Finalizes Amendments to PFML Regulations August 3, 2020On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave published final amendments to regulations issued under the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program.
- Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Aug. 19 July 28, 2020According to the DHS This Will Be the Final Extension The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I 9 documents has been extended to Aug. 19, 2020.
- NLRB Changes Rules for Abusive or Offensive Conduct By Employees July 22, 2020On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision that eases the way for employers to discipline or discharge an employee based on abusive or offensive conduct—such as racist or profane remarks—committed while the employee was also engaged in activities that are protected under the National Labor Relations Act.
- DOL Publishes More Q&As on Employment Laws and Coronavirus July 20, 2020On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in workplace situations involving COVID-19.
- DOL Revises FMLA Forms, Seeks Input on Regulations July 17, 2020The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Information about federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. The agency has also revised its FMLA notice and certification forms.
- DOL Issues RFI on Paid Family and Medical Leave July 15, 2020In a Request for Information (RFI) issued July 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is seeking information about the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs, and how access (or lack of access) to these programs impacts workers and their families.
- Proposed Rule Would Allow Changes to Certain Grandfathered Plans July 10, 2020On July 10, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued a proposed rule that would allow grandfathered group health plans to make certain changes to cost-sharing requirements without losing grandfather status.
- IRS: W-2 Reporting Required for FFCRA Leave Pay July 9, 2020Employers are required to report sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2, according to guidance from the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department.