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A Releases Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness App

On October 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in conjunction with the Treasury Department released a simplified loan forgiveness application for loans provided under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The simplified application shall be...

Revised FFCRA Regulations

On August 4, 2020, we published a blog titled FFCRA Rules Struck Down. Since publishing that post, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its guidance regarding some of the contested issues including advance notice requirements, intermittent leave,...

DOL Approves Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) changed how retirement plan disclosure documents may be distributed. This rule change will affect over 700,000 retirement plans that are covered under ERISA and must provide multiple paper disclosures...

DOL Issues Field Assistance Bulletin for Telecommuter Time Tracking

Telecommuting (also known as working from home), was introduced back in the 1970’s and as technology has advanced, it has steadily expanded. Today, the large number of Americans working from home due to COVID-19 has allowed many businesses to continue...

CDC COVID-19 Testing Guidance

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) has issued recommendations aimed at developing testing plans for employers in non-healthcare workplaces. The CDC has also released guidance for healthcare personnel. Both guidance documents are...

OSHA Fines Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Violation

On July 21, 2020, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a news release regarding fines assessed on three Ohio nursing homes for violating respiratory protections standards. All three nursing homes were owned by the same...

DOL Updates COVID-19 Related Q&A

On July 20, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new questions and answers regarding employer and employee rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)...

DOL Releases New FLMA Certification Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released new FMLA certification forms that provide employees with the required notices in a new electronic fillable pdf. The new forms will help reduce contact and have also been simplified, making them easier to complete...

DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Again Due to COVID-19 Precautions

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they will extend the Form I-9 completion flexibility rules for another 30 days. The new expiration date for the accommodation is now set to August 19, 2020. This is the third extension due to...

Antibody Testing Prohibited

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits mandatory antibody testing before allowing employees to return to the worksite.  However, employers may require a doctor’s note certifying...

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