Category: Attorney Blog

Another Round of COVID-Related Employment Law Updates – Caregivers

April 22, 2020 Employment leaves for caregivers and persons affected by extreme public health emergency There is a Maine law which may apply to employees who need leave related to COVID, particularly where the new paid leave provisions may not apply.  This section requires an employer to grant “reasonable and necessary leave” from work, with …

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Another Round of COVID-Related Employment Law Updates – Minors

April 22, 2020 In addition to all of the employment-related COVID issues that receive a lot of press,  there are also some lesser known issues that have to be considered.  A few are described here and we will continue to bring similar issues to your attention. Employment of Minors The Maine DOL has reminded us …

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OSHA Issues New Recordkeeping Requirements for COVID Situations

April 13, 2020 Under OSHA’s general recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case: • Is confirmed as a COVID-19 illness; • Is work-related as defined by the regulations; and • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in the regulations, such …

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Summary

April 2, 2020 With many businesses struggling during the COVID19 pandemic, we wanted to highlight one of the major components of the CARES Act that was recently passed by the federal government; namely, the Paycheck Protection Program. This program is found in Title I – Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, and it is …

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Guidance from DOL to Interpret FFCRA: Intermittent Leave

March 31, 2020 This is the second installment of reporting on the DOL’s Questions and Answers interpreting the FFCRA, which we are addressing in increments. The question for today is whether the FFCRA allows for intermittent leave time. As a preliminary matter, paid sick leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19 must be taken in …

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Guidance from DOL to Interpret FFCRA: Small Business Exemption

March 30, 2020 The DOL has issued guidance in the format of questions and answers regarding several provisions of the FFCRA. We are going to talk about these in increments. The first issue is when the small business exemption applies to exclude a small business from the provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act …

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Telecommuting – A Necessary Option But Be Aware of Certain Legal Issues

March 27, 2020 There is no question that telecommuting has become a necessary, and in many cases, the only option for employers to keep their workforce going. In doing so, I want to remind employers of some legal considerations. The Practicalities Ordinarily, I would first raise some practical considerations, such as whether the nature of …

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DOL Releases Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posting

March 26, 2020 Late yesterday, the DOL released the explanatory notice that was referred to in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The notice is mandatory and must be posted by all covered employers immediately. The notice can be found here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/posters The following is some additional information provided by the DOL. The Notice …

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DOL Guidance on Expanded FMLA for COVID-19

March 25, 2020 The DOL has issued a Question and Answer guidance to assist in interpreting the amended FMLA, called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Here are some points: The DOL says the effective date is April 1, 2020 – please note this is different than most people assumed, which was April 2. The …

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