As virtually all Ohio residents and business owners know, Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of Ohio's Department of Health, issued a "Stay at Home Order" on March 22, 2020, and issued an amended and extended Stay at Home Order through May 1, 2020, on April 2, 2020.
New guidance from the IRS, issued the evening of March 31, 2020, answers some of the questions left open by recent DOL publications on the issue of Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded FMLA leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
A new compliance assistance guidance from the DOL ("Guidance") has been posted concerning the paid leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"), which includes Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion leave ("Expanded FMLA") and Emergency Paid Sick Leave ("EPSL") provisions, all of which become effective April 1, 2020.
On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") Wage and Hour Division ("WHD") released a workplace poster detailing employees' rights to expanded medical leave and paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its first form of guidance on the leave provision contained in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") passed last week. The DOL notes that it will also be promulgating official new regulations in the coming days. The entire DOL Q&A is linked here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.
Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an "emergency declaration" expanding and clarifying eligibility for unemployment benefits during the current COVID-19 ("coronavirus") pandemic.
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Governor DeWine announced a new "Stay at Home Order" issued by Ohio Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH (the "Order"). In addition to severely restricting the ability of individuals in Ohio to leave their residences for two weeks, the Order contains specific and dramatic instructions to Ohio employers on managing their workforces. The employment-related restriction in the Order includes numerous exceptions. Below are details concerning the Order and its impact on essentially all private businesses in the state.
On the evening of March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law a significant legislative response affecting employers and workers coping with the COVID-19 ("coronavirus") pandemic.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels, prompting public and private action. Governments at all levels nationwide have issued emergency orders and resolutions establishing public health strategies and guidance for employers, communities and individuals to abide by during this time. Businesses are designing and implementing plans to prevent or minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace with the hope that business operations can continue with minimal disruption.
The rise of social media in the last several years has led to a pattern of people pouring out every detail of their personal lives - from the mundane to the potentially damaging - for the world to see. Understandably, this has led to a variety of clashes with employers over issues ranging from social media use at work, to posting of disparaging comments, to workers' compensation fraud. A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should give employers throughout the United States a moment of pause.