Kids Returning to School Raises Questions

With the continued rise in coronavirus cases and uncertainty regarding whether and in what manner schools will reopen in the fall, attorneys Rita Kanno and Diane Waters of Lewis Brisbois, in San Diego and Dallas, respectively, believe it is critical for employers to understand the evolving leave entitlements under federal, state and local law. Some…
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Department of Labor (DOL) Releases Revised FMLA Forms

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released new and significantly revised versions of its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The new forms are now currently in effect and can be found on the DOL’s website. We have added the forms below for…
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How Should You Handle Employees Personal Travel?

Recently, we’ve received many inquiries related to employee personal travel and COVID. We have reached out to legal counsel and are providing some insight for your use, if you choose. We spoke to the team at Dinsmore and Shohl LLP: You can generally have a Company policy requiring precautions be taken after non-essential work travel…
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Tips and Resources for Employers During COVID-19

As we begin to enter month 5 of COVID work-place implications, we thought it would be helpful to pass along some new info and guidance that has been published and curated. If you watch any national news, there is extraordinary dialogue taking place about re-opening schools. From everything we are seeing, there is a very…
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Be Aware, Payroll Fraud is on the Rise

Payroll fraud is on the rise, especially direct deposit scams. Fraudsters are now targeting organization’s HR departments posing as employees in hopes of persuading HR to change the direct deposit bank information to one that is under new control. In most cases, HR and the employee do not realize a fraud has taken place until…
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Michigan Return to Work Recommendations

The Governor of Michigan has begun releasing geographic areas of the state to resume “normal” operations.  This Executive Order, 2020-114 can be found HERE along with all other official Executive Orders.  There are a lot of steps and requirements for those companies resuming operations.  Note that, employers MUST create a written control response plan before…
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IRS and DOL Issues Extension of Timelines for COBRA

In response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, the IRS and DOL has issued extensions of timelines affecting COBRA coverage.

New I-9 Policy Due to COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy to allow employers to accept expired List B documents when completing the Form I-9 beginning May 1.

EEOC Won’t Collect Employer EEO-1 Data in 2020 Due to Coronavirus

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it will delay until March 2021 the collection of EEO-1 Component 1 information

Changes to FSA and HSA Eligible Items

The $2 trillion+ Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This bill included significant steps forward in helping consumers protect the health and well-being of their families by reducing unnecessary trips to the doctor during this time of increased demand and creating even more value for the…
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