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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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Options for Employers, Employees During School Closures

In response to the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, many school districts are electing to shut down campuses for several weeks to attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. These closures will undoubtedly have a huge impact on both employers and employees, but employers and employees have several options, including the use of …

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Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend!

What Employers Should Do: Remind your employees to set their clocks forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 8, 2020. Verify how your payroll system is set up to handle the change in time. Check other programs such as scheduling, meeting and calendar software. What if your company has a weekend night shift?  Make sure your …

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Balancing Workplace Illnesses and Medical/Privacy Concerns

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s exposure and protect our workplace? Under the federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), an employer has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. However, managing …

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