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…

“Is Your Payroll Company WithHOLDING Out On You?”

Corporate, Tax and Bankruptcy Update We have noticed several payroll processing companies go out of business or file for bankruptcy, leaving their clients (the businesses forwhom they process payroll) without services, and potentially facing large tax bills. One such company that filed bankruptcy in Utah in 2014 had been automatically withdrawing the wages and tax…