GBQ’s COVID-19 response team recognizes that the pandemic is impacting everyone. Taking care of your customers and your team through these uncertain times requires an understanding of new laws governing paid leave and several other payroll and benefits provisions.
Our COVID-19 response team and Cathy Strauss, an employment law attorney at Ice Miller, provide guidance on the coronavirus’ impact on employment policies and procedures during these trying times. Key topics discussed include:
The emergency expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and new federal paid sick leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as well as the new payroll tax credit available to employers who provide leave.
Recent updates from the Department of Labor related to FFCRA, which addresses key issues such as intermittent paid leave, calculating the pay rate for workers taking leave and small business exceptions.
Employment-related provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including the expansion of unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the COVID-19, and the interaction of the Paycheck Protection Program with the potential benefits provided by employer tax credits and deferral of employer tax payments.