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Employee Temperature Checks and Confidentiality: Separating Fact from Fiction

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent employers scrambling for answers to questions regarding health, safety, and confidentiality in the workplace they may have never envisioned dealing with. Recently there have been questions concerning the regulatory requirements that an employer encounters when the employer performs temperature checks for employees to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus among its employees and possible customers. More >

Businesses: Submit Your Reopen Proposal!

Governor Beshear has created a phased approach to reopen Kentucky’s economy called “Healthy at Work.”  As soon as the Governor determines that Kentucky has met certain public health benchmarks, he will begin authorizing certain qualified businesses to reopen.  More >

What Employers Should Know About Bringing Employees Back into the Workplace, Part II

In our first set of guidance on reopening workplaces, we focused on basics of providing a safe working environment, compliance with ADA accommodations, and the next practical steps employers should begin to take. Since then, the EEOC has published updated guidance and an FAQ, and Gov. Beshear has provided guidance on the “Healthy at Work” initiative to begin a phased reopening of the Kentucky business community. Businesses and employers must pay close attention to these forms of guidance in getting back to the new normal. More >

What Employers Should Know About Bringing Employees Back into the Workplace.

By now, all businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky have experienced at least five weeks of interrupted operations. Some businesses have faced a complete shutdown, others are operating on skeleton crews, and others are fully operational but working remotely. The one thing all businesses all have in common is a desire to get back to “business as usual” once the Governor lifts the Healthy at Home restrictions. However, bringing employees back into the workplace will not be an easy task, and will certainly not be “business as usual.” In addition to the continuing obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, employers will need to be mindful of other key laws in order to navigate our new normal in returning to work on-premises. More >

WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING NOW?

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The last couple of weeks have felt akin to drinking from a fire hose. The laws and regulations have been coming fast and furious. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) issued on March 18, 2020. Since that time, the government has issued hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of fact sheets, regulations, posters and bulletins about the Act – some of it completely contradictory. In the most recent regulations, the government estimated the “total rule familiarization cost” to all affected employers will be $295,072,691. Wow! More >

Temporary Leave, Layoff or Pay Cuts: How to Handle Your Workforce Now That Your Business is Closed

Many states have instituted a mandatory “Stay Home” Order closing all but essential life-sustaining business. If your doors are closed, you may be making some tough decisions, and we’re here to help. Some options are outlined below.  More >

Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Employers – Paid Leave Provisions Take Effect April 1st

On March 24th, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance for employers and employees as to how they will be affected by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. The guidance came in the form of an introductory statement, a fact sheet for employers, a fact sheet for employees, and a Q&A sheet that covers a wide variety of situations.   More >

IRS, Department of Labor, and Treasury Outline Workings of Paid Leave Tax Credits

The Department of Labor, IRS and Treasury Department have released a joint notice outlining how employers may utilize tax credits to provide mandated paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on March 18th. The paid leave provisions have been discussed in our summary of the new law here, and these three agencies have now provided a glimpse of the road map for employers to cover the costs of paid leave. While the actual guidance is slated to be issued this week, the notice included information about how these provisions will operate: More >

COVID-19 Update for Employers: New Notice, and NOW is the Time to Review Your Policies

A New Notice is Required

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, H.R. 6201, is now law, and requires many employers to provide paid leave in one form or another during the COVID-19 crisis. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act portion of the new law also requires employers to conspicuously post a notice, where such notices to employees are generally posted, prepared by the Secretary of Labor. This notice is now available from the DOL at this link.  An FAQ from the DOL on this notice is also available on their website. One of the important takeaways from the FAQ is that employers with a largely working-from-home workforce may satisfy the conspicuous posting requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to their employees or posting it to an internal employee website.  More >

Enforcement and Retaliation of New Paid Leave Provisions – Crucial Concerns for Employers

While the new paid sick leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expansion law contains a small carrot for employers in the form of tax credits for those required to pay for sick leave and expanded FMLA leave, it also contains a couple of fairly substantial sticks.  Accordingly, employers should carefully consider any adverse employment actions they take at this time with respect to employees who take leave.   More >

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