Guidance for Employers for Compliance with Families First Coronavirus Act

March 25, 2020
President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) on March 18, 2020. The Act becomes effective on April 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020. This comprehensive legislation requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide employees with paid Family Medical Leave Act Leave for qualifying needs related to a public health emergency and paid sick leave for certain leave necessitated due to a public health emergency (COVID-19). The Act also provides for tax credits to employers that are required to provide additional paid leave under the Act. Finally, the Act provides for expanded unemployment insurance benefits.

DOL ISSUED GUIDANCE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

March 25, 2020
The United States Department of Labor has just published its first guidance for employers and employees on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our guidance issued on March 23, 2020 will be updated in accordance with the DOL Guidance. The model notice has not yet been issued. However, the DOL Guidance clarifies that the paid leave portion of the Act does not stack for childcare leave – it runs concurrently. In a situation where an employee cannot work due to the unavailability of school or childcare due to COVID-19, all employees (of covered employers) are entitled to two weeks of paid leave (at the employee’s regular rate of pay) for this purpose. After the expiration of these two weeks (or 10 days), any employee who has worked for 30 days for the employer and is unable to work, is entitled to receive an additional 10 weeks of paid leave (2/3rds pay subject to caps/limitations) to take care of a son or daughter.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Executive Order Fifty-three

March 24, 2020

When does this order go into effect? What areas of the state are covered?
The order is in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.


Will this order be changed?
Governor Northam, in consultation with State Health Commissioner Oliver, may adjust this order or issue new orders as needed, given the quickly-changing public health situation.

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Guidance for Employers for Compliance with Families First Coronavirus Act

March 24, 2020

President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) on March 18, 2020.  The Act becomes effective on April 2, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020.  This comprehensive legislation requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide employees with paid Family Medical Leave Act Leave for qualifying needs related to a public health emergency and paid sick leave for certain leave necessitated due to a public health emergency (COVID-19).  The Act also provides for tax credits to employers that are required to provide additional paid leave under th

COVID-19 Guidance to Employers

March 18, 2020

The President of the United States has declared a national emergency; schools are closed; national sports leagues and concerts and other live entertainment has been canceled; the size of gatherings restricted; bars and restaurants are closed, however some organizations and businesses must continue to operate and teleworking for employees may not be an option.  Various labor and employment laws regulate what an employer can do, including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLS

Virginia Employees Receive the Right to Obtain Copies of Personnel Records Upon Written Demand

October 17, 2019
Virginia employers have never been required to provide employees with access to personnel files absent the issuance of legal process.  That changed as of July 1, 2019 when an amendment to the evidence section of the Virginia Code granted all employees (current and former) the right to obtain copies of records in whatever format maintained that “reflect” the employee’s dates of employment, position held, wages earned, job description and title, and any injuries the employee sustained during the course of his/her employment with the employer.  VA. Code Ann. §8.01-413.1(B).

Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers – One-Day Live Seminar

September 10, 2019
Trying to keep up with the intricate web of agencies governing employment law and the increasing number of legislative changes each year can be overwhelming for even the most experienced attorney or human resource director. Are you up to date on the latest legal developments and able to confidently advise clients on employment law issues? Avoid inadvertent violations of state and federal regulations. Attend this seminar and learn from seasoned practitioners as they discuss tips and techniques for handling advanced-level issues. Register today!