In-person requirements of the Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form) process may be deferred under certain circumstances during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on March 20, 2020.   Download the “NEW – I-9 Form In-Person Rule May Be Deferred for Coronavirus”      

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The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has employers scrambling to deal with a variety of employment issues, many of which they’ve never previously encountered. We’ve compiled some of the employers’ most common questions, including how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act affects employers, how to handle business closures, and what benefits are available to employees.  …

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has directed its field staff to observe a temporary nonenforcement period for the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Issued on March 24, 2020, the DOL’s Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-1 (FAB) indicates that the agency will not take any enforcement actions against FFCRA-covered…

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As part of sweeping legislation—the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)—signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act” allows 12 weeks of partially compensated FMLA leave…

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As public health officials work to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), many have recommended social distancing and self-quarantining. Some states across the country have issued orders for people to stay at home unless it’s essential they leave, and some employers have had to send employees home or ask them to work remotely.…

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused employers to make significant changes to their business practices, including onboarding. Managers and new hires across the country are navigating the unchartered waters of remote onboarding. The onboarding process—which is designed to cultivate a long-term relationship between the employer and the employee while fostering a feeling of…

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On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued guidance explaining the paid leave requirements under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow partially compensated employee leave for child care purposes related to COVID-19.…

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On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law legislation requiring employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two types of paid employee leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The first measure expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow some employees 12 weeks of partially compensated leave to care…

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