Legal Alerts (Year: 2020)
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ATT NJ EMPLOYERS: UNDER NEW LAW, “ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES” WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID ARE PRESUMED TO HAVE CONTRACTED IT AT WORK
On September 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed a new law determining that "essential employees" who test positive for COVID-19 are presumed to have contracted the virus while at work. The law is retroactive to March 9, 2020.
DOL Revises and Reaffirms Portions of Its Final Rule on FFCRA in Response to New York v. Scalia
On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had revised its Final Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in response to the Southern District of New York’s August 3, 2020 decision in New York v. Scalia – a lawsuit filed by the State of New York challenging certain provisions of the DOL’s Final Rule first issued on April 1, 2020. The revised Final Rule will go into effect on September 16, 2020 and, as explained below, has the greatest impact on employers in the health care industry.
NEW FAQs ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: FFCRA AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS
With summer rapidly winding down and many children not returning to school full-time (at least not in person), this creates tremendous challenges for families as well as employers. With that said, many of NFC clients have been asking us for direction on how to navigate the potential leaves their employees with school-aged children may need and what paid benefits may be available to such employees. We now have much anticipated Department of Labor guidance on the applicability of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to school closures and remote learning .
8.11.20 UPDATE – NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ADVISORY STATE LIST
The Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut jointly announced a quarantine plan on June 24 to help protect their states from other areas where surging cases/outbreaks of COVID-19 were detected. The travel advisory list has grown for seven straight weeks with the latest list issued yesterday, August 11th. Currently, there are 31 states and two territories that meet the specified criteria for a travel advisory...
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: THE DOL ISSUES NEW FMLA FORMS
On July 16, 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a revised set of model forms employers can use for leaves that employees take pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These updated model forms are part of the DOL’s years-long process of improving and simplifying the FMLA process for all involved.
Important Documents and Links
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Retirement Plan ERISA Fiduciary Duties During the COVID-19 Crisis by Christine Gottesman
ANTICIPATING AND PREPARING FOR COVID-19 RELATED EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION by Kerrie Heslin, Robin Rome and Ryan Carlson (This article appeared on the Westlaw Practitioner Insights Commentaries web page on July 2, 2020.)
“U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling extending federal job protection to LGBTQ Employees – Bostock v. Clayton County, GA” By Kirsten Grossman