Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Impact Disaster Loan provided for in the Cares Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has important provisions all businesses should be evaluating right now.  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) allocates almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep their employees and prevent other losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  PPP loans are 100% federally guaranteed and the funds may…

How Will My Employees’ Unemployment Claims Related to COVID-19 Affect My Unemployment Tax Premiums?

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in Utah, as in other states, since the outbreak of COVID-19. Many employers are concerned that the spike in claims will cause their unemployment insurance premiums to dramatically increase. On March 25, 2020, the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) issued guidance on this topic: https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/uifaqemployers.pdf. First, DWS indicated that the spike…

Department of Labor Issues “Questions and Answers” on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has published “Questions and Answers” to assist employers with complying with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. This document provides plain-language guidance to practical questions. Formal regulations from the DOL interpreting the Act are still forthcoming.

Family First Coronavirus Response Act Notice Requirements

 (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions) Where do I post this notice? Since most of my workforce is teleworking, where do I electronically “post” this notice? Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing…

Stay-at-Home Orders: How employers can prepare for mandatory lockdown measures

In response to growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, 17 states have issued mandatory stay-at-home orders. The lockdown orders generally prohibit residents from leaving their homes except for essential needs, such as grocery shopping or seeking urgent medical care, and require that all “non-essential businesses” close. Four additional states have ordered all nonessential businesses…

Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Emergency Paid Sick Time & Paid Family Leave

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), emergency legislation that imposes upon employers both paid family leave and new paid sick leave obligations.  The measure will have a major impact on employers with fewer than 500 employees. Expanded Family Medical Leave Act Coverage The legislation amends…

Utah Unemployment Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19

Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits to cover many individuals who are temporarily unemployed or underemployed due to business interruption or quarantine measures taken in response to COVID-19. DWS has published FAQs on its website for employers and employees at https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html. These FAQs suggest DWS will be generous in granting…

Coronavirus and Your Business: Practical and Legal Considerations

By Christopher B. Snow, Director and Shareholder, Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Group. Despite suffering significant coronavirus (COVID-19) reading fatigue (I come from a long and distinguished line of hypochondriacs), there are a few legal and practical issues that your business should be considering as this pandemic unfolds. It is likely that your employee handbook does not…