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Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19)

The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has dominated employers’ attention with its provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been trying to answer employers’ questions leading up to April 1, but one …

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Reminder: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Now Effective

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), federal legislation President Trump signed on March 18, 2020, providing paid sick leave (PSL) and emergency family and medical leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), is now in effect. Employers should remember a few things about this new law. Who does it …

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The U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which passed earlier this month expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and new paid sick leave, is now scheduled to be effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) News Release issued yesterday, March 24, 2020. In addition to …

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Form I-9 Document Inspection More Flexible Due to COVID-19

Although COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, is causing employers uncertainty for the future, they’re still hiring — even as many of their employees are working remotely. Federal law, however, requires employers to use the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification to verify employment eligibility and to physically examine each original Section 2 document the employee …

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IRS and FTB Extend Tax Filing Deadline as Emergency Measure

In a move intended to relieve some of the financial pressure invoked by the coronavirus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the IRS has moved the national income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.  Mnuchin tweeted, “At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will …

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Furloughs Versus Layoffs: Is There A Difference in California?

Many Californian businesses are facing difficult choices during this COVID-19 pandemic (also known as the coronavirus pandemic). Confronting losses in revenue and uncertainty in the future, businesses are evaluating their options for preserving their companies while maintaining their workforce. CalChamber members are asking, “What is the difference between furloughing and laying off employees?” Essentially, a …

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Remote Work Considerations Amid Coronavirus

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is affecting us in ways that just a few short months ago were incomprehensible, and it’s making life for many employers pretty tough. While the trend of working from home, also referred to as “telecommuting,” has grown over the years, coronavirus concerns have pushed many employers to allow remote work …

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passes

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed additional emergency relief legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Families First Act). Passed because of the escalating coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, the Families First Act creates expanded employee benefits and protections related to COVID-19, including a new federal paid sick leave law, an …

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California WARN Act Suspended For COVID-19 Emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order suspending the bulk of the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) for the duration of the current COVID-19 emergency, subject to certain conditions — an action that concerned employers are welcoming. The COVID-19 emergency is wreaking havoc on many employers’ operations. In the state’s effort …

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COVID-19 From an HR Perspective

In light of the recent pandemic, employers are unsure of their obligations regarding reducing employee hours, closing the office, or sending employees home if they exhibit symptoms associated with the virus.  In an effort to provide you the most up-to-date information, P·A·S Associates has prepared the following information. What are an employer’s legal obligations, if …

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