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Does the Federal WARN Act Apply to Me?

Employers considering reducing their workforce, months-long furloughs or reducing employee work hours during this trying time should consider the federal WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) before going too far down that path. A number of states and cities have their own WARN Acts with their own – in some cases even stricter […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Summary of the Employment Provisions of the New Law

On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”), taking a major step to provide paid leave to workers affected by COVID-19 and blunt the effects of the virus on the U.S. economy. We summarize the employment provisions of the Act here.

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Emergency Efforts to Mitigate COVID-19: Legislation Extending Unemployment and Disability Insurance Benefits to Employees and Its Impact on Employers

COVID-19 has already caused major disruptions in United States labor markets and its impact is expected to last for months. Federal and state governments are introducing and passing various forms of emergency legislation targeted at providing income support to workers, including by extending unemployment insurance benefits to temporarily displaced workers and, where applicable, making available disability […]

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Furloughs, Reductions in Force, and Alternatives to Consider

The unprecedented steps our society is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will unfortunately take its toll on some employers, their employees and families. With public health authorities in California issuing shelter-in-place orders and the prospect of significant relief provisions in Congress, the situation is unfolding rapidly. We offer suggestions to help employers consider […]

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Paid Sick Time Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Early on March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Bill 6201, titled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”  The bill is expected to be voted on by the U.S. Senate early this week. If passed by the Senate, Section 5101 of the bill, the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act” will require employers […]

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COVID-19: Dramatic Proposed Changes to the FMLA

The Senate is expected to vote on an emergency bill early this week that will, among other things, dramatically expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) both in terms of coverage and mandating paid leave. Late last week the House of Representatives passed HB 6201 entitled “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Section 3101 of that bill, […]

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