Reopening Workplaces During COVID-19 Chart
This chart is designed to help employers that are making decisions regarding reopening workplaces during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Handling the Influx of Remote Work Requests
This HR Insights article provides guidance for handling the influx of remote work requests as offices and worksites reopen.
Accommodating At-Risk Employees Amid COVID-19
What happens when returning to work itself may prevent employees from safely accomplishing their job functions? This article compiles some guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to help employers during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance focuses on ADA accommodations as they pertain to “at-risk” employees.
CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response
This document briefly summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19.
Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Guidance Issued; More Changes Expected
On Friday evening, May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury released the overdue requirements and forgiveness guidelines for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The guidance is in the form of instructions, definitions, and a fillable PDF application that the borrower seeking forgiveness would submit to the lender.
In the Know: SBA Unveils PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application (Application) and instructions for small businesses to use when applying for PPP loan forgiveness with their lender. This article provides a general overview of the Application and information about loan forgiveness eligibility under the PPP.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
This application, which was released by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration, is for small businesses to use when applying for PPP loan forgiveness with their lender.
Safe Harbor Guidance on Paycheck Protection Loans
On May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued guidance in advance of the May 18, 2020 deadline for borrowers to return certain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. [The safe harbor deadline to return loans has been extended several times.]
Pre-employment Screening Amid COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic and its disease, COVID-19, have disrupted HR departments across the country. Now might seem like the ideal time for hiring since millions of Americans are out of work. But pre-employment screening is slowing down the process.
Conducting a Remote Layoff
Conducting a layoff is never easy—and conducting a layoff virtually adds new challenges for employers. This HR Insights article provides a general overview of how to conduct a remote layoff.
In the Know: What to Do After Receiving a PPP Loan
In response to the debilitating effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on small businesses across the country, the federal government funded a program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If your business secured a PPP loan, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. This article provides a general overview of PPP loans and what employers should do if they receive an approved PPP loan.
EEOC Delays EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 Reports Until 2021
On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will not collect EEO-1, EEO-3 or EEO-5 reports in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This Legal Update provides more information.
PPP Guidance for Employees Refusing to Return to Work
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued new guidance regarding the Payment Protection Program (PPP), established to offset the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This new guidance from the SBA concerns employees who refuse to return to work after a business reopens.
Business Travel After COVID-19
This HR Insights article explores the ways that business travel may be different once the threat of COVID-19 subsides.
EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
On May 7, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The additional FAQs were added to guidance that the EEOC originally issued on March 18, 2020, and updated on April 9, 17, and 23, 2020. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains the EEOC's FAQs.
Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQ
These are frequently asked questions (FAQs) about paycheck protection program loans from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Federal Agencies Issue COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans
The Departments of Labor and the Treasury have issued deadline relief to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and plan service providers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This Legal Update summarizes the deadline relief.
Guide to Creating a Return to Work Action Plan
This guide can be used as a tool to create a return to work action plan in preparation for reopening a business following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please note that it follows health and safety guidance laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA, but does not account for state, local or industry-specific guidance related to COVID-19.
Effectively Leading Remote Teams
When leading virtual teams, employers can boost productivity and keep employees engaged by addressing the unique needs of remote employees. This article addresses challenges of leading remote teams, considerations for leaders and how employers can take actions for success in the remote environment.
IRS Section 139 Qualified Disaster Relief Payments and Coronavirus
Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employers to provide qualified disaster relief payments to their employees free of income and employment taxes. A qualified disaster relief payment includes any amount paid by an employer to reimburse or pay “reasonable and necessary” personal, family, living or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a qualified disaster. This Compliance Overview presents information on how Section 139 works and how it may apply to the Coronavirus pandemic.
DOL Now Fully Enforcing FFCRA Paid Leave Rules for Coronavirus
After observing a 30-day nonenforcement period to help employers come into compliance with new paid leave rules, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it is fully enforcing all provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
NY Sues Trump Administration Over FFCRA Paid Leave Rules
A lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) alleges that regulations issued by the federal agency unlawfully narrowed workers’ eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA).
Designing a Post-coronavirus Office
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed many aspects of the current workplace, and soon, employers should begin planning for what their post-coronavirus office will look like. Previously, social distancing and COVID-19-related best practices hadn’t been a topic on the mind of most employers or employees. By updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviors and expanding remote work options, employers can help prevent the spread of future diseases, and protect the health and safety of employees.
Return to Work Plans Following the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has interrupted many businesses across the country. While it’s unclear how long COVID-19 will continue to affect organizations, many employers are looking to the future of employees returning to work.
Congress Passes $480 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package
On Thursday, April 23, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on and passed the newest coronavirus aid bill, which includes funding for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump, who indicated he will sign it into law quickly.
Senate Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stated that an agreement had been reached regarding the newest coronavirus aid package, which includes funding for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. This News Brief explains further.
Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. However, even when stay-at-home orders are lifted and nonessential businesses are allowed to resume operations, there’s a lot for organizations to consider before they reopen their doors. Read on to learn more.
Preventing Remote Employee Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This HR Insights article explains how employers can help prevent burnout while employees work remotely during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Opening Up America Again Guidelines
This resource from the White House was provided to state governors on April 16, 2020, during a phone call about next steps for the country. The document outlines guidelines for reopening the states as the coronavirus pandemic eases. It's unclear how these plans may change in the future.
IRS Extends Deadline for Forms 5500 Due Before July 1, 2020
IRS Notice 2020-23 extends the Form 5500 filing deadline for retirement and welfare plans that have an original or extended filing deadline on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. These plans have until July 15, 2020, to file their Forms 5500. This Legal Update summarizes the extension.
HR Insights: Furloughs and Layoffs
The last thing employees and employers want is lost jobs. However, reality sometimes forces the situation, as is the case with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Many businesses without the ability to have employees work from home have been ordered to close by the government, compelling employers to make tough decisions—namely, whether to lay off staff or furlough them.
CARES Act Makes Changes for Retirement Plans
The CARES Act makes a variety of coronavirus-related changes for retirement plans. These changes affect tax-qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, 403(a) and 403(b) plans, and governmental 457(b) plans. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes key changes, including the new rules for in-service distributions to COVID-19 impacted participants.
DOL Issues Corrections to FFCRA Regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor has released corrections to recent regulations published under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This Legal Update summarizes the corrections.
Treasury Secretary Says More Funding Coming for Small Businesses
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Secretary Treasury Steven Mnuchin said that small businesses don’t need to worry about not being able to receive funding from the U.S. government in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This News Brief explains further.
Unemployment Benefits for Coronavirus Under the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides federal funding for states to provide expanded benefits, including an additional $600 for certain weeks, under their unemployment insurance (UI) benefit programs. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the UI provisions of the CARES Act and includes information about related guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.
DOL Regulations for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued temporary regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing employers with information to help them meet their new paid leave requirements under the law. This Compliance Bulletin addresses highlights of the regulations.
Updated DOL FAQs - Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. This document includes the FAQs issued Apr. 3, 2020.
FFCRA Small Employer Exemption: DOL Guidance
Effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requires all private employers that have fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave (paid leave) for specified reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the FFCRA includes a provision under which certain small employers may qualify for an exemption from two of the FFCRA’s paid leave requirements.
IRS FAQs: FFCRA Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) tax credits apply to small and midsize businesses. The FFCRA, was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.
Employee Retention Tax Credits for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) creates an employee retention tax credit, which is designed to encourage eligible employers to keep employees on their payroll, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19.
CARES Act – Small Business Loan Overview
In response to the American economy reeling from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the federal government recently signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Among other provisions, the CARES Act provides businesses suffering under the debilitating effects of the pandemic with unprecedented access to emergency loans. This document will serve as an overview of the loan programs available.
Federal Financial Relief Available for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms: The Details & Applications
In the past two weeks, Congress has passed two major financial rescue bills that provide economic relief to businesses and workers. While we have been taking educated guesses on how the laws will be implemented, the agencies have rapidly developed guidance and temporary regulations.
CARES Act Makes Changes for Health Plans
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act makes a variety of changes affecting health plans.
DOL Clarifies Exemptions to Coronavirus Paid Leave Laws
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide eligible employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Small businesses and employers of health care providers or emergency responders may qualify for exemptions to these leave requirements. This Compliance Bulletin includes the Department of Labor's FAQs on these exemptions.
States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus
In the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new employee leave laws and issued new regulations and guidance on existing leave laws and programs. This Compliance Bulletin briefly summarizes new state leave rules designed for workers affected by COVID-19.
President Trump Extends Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he was extending the federal social distancing guidelines for an additional 30 days to help contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Learn more with this News Brief.
I-9 Form In-Person Rule May Be Deferred for Coronavirus
Under guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 20, 2020, employers will not necessarily have to be in the physical presence of a new employee when verifying his or her identity as part of the I-9 Form process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This Legal Update provides information about the DHS' guidance.
CARES Act Expands Health Coverage Rules
On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the coronavirus crisis. The new law also includes several provisions affecting health plan coverage. This Legal Update summarizes the CARES Act's coverage changes.
$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Signed Into Law
On Friday, March 27, 2020—after days of debate— the president approved a $2 trillion economic rescue package designed to provide financial assistance to Americans and their families, and billions of dollars in loans for businesses. The package is the largest fiscal stimulus in modern U.S. history and is the government’s most recent response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In The Know: Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
This document provides an overview of the $2 trillion stimulus package, which is designed to provide financial assistance for those struggling as a result of the coronavirus (COVD-19) outbreak.
DOL: New Coronavirus Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1
The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Specifically, the guidance states these provisions apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020.
Relaxed Enforcement Expected as Coronavirus Paid Leave Law Becomes Effective
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has directed its field staff to observe a temporary nonenforcement period for the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Coronavirus Stimulus Direct Payments FAQ
Congress is close to passing a $2 trillion stimulus bill to help offset the financial burdens created by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The bill proposes to send direct payments to Americans. This article contains answers to questions you may have about those payments.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Questions and Answers
As part of sweeping legislation—the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)—signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs
As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for their employees. Government relief measures may provide compensation for businesses and individuals in certain situations. In other cases, existing rules on employee rights will apply.
Congress Agrees to $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020—after days of debate—Congress agreed to a $2 trillion economic rescue package designed to provide financial assistance to Americans and their families, and billions of dollars in loans for businesses. Voting is expected midday. The package is the largest fiscal stimulus in modern U.S. history and is the government’s most recent response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Cutting Sales In Challenging Times
TechServe Sales & Recruiting Management Program
March 2020 Newsletter
Driving results through increased activity of the right kind is what good sales and recruiting management is all about. Make certain that the methods, measurements, and activities are clearly defined and in place so that your organization weathers this perplexing storm.
DOL Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements
On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued guidance explaining the paid leave requirements under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The FFCRA expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow partially compensated employee leave for child care purposes related to COVID-19. The FFCRA also provided for employee paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons, including an employee’s own illness or quarantine. The Act included other measures to address the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on workers.
Engaging Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused unprecedented changes for many industries. As social distancing is encouraged, gatherings with over 10 people are banned and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for all nonessential employees are issued, many employers are asking their employees to work from home.
IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave
Employers with fewer than 500 employees may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This document provides the guidance.
COVID-19 and Immigration Updates: Form I-9 Guidance, Border Closures, and More
This article briefly summarizes the recent governmental guidance on Form I-9 requirements, travel, and visa processing and services, among other matters, in response to the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. As this is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation, employers should monitor the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) websites and consult with their employment immigration counsel to ascertain whether the guidance has evolved, warranting a reassessment of business strategies.
Important Updates on Coronavirus and the Workplace
COVID-19 is now a global pandemic and employers across the country must determine what measures to keep employees safe and comply with the law. This presentation outlines best practices for addressing the risks of communicable illness and disruption at work, discusses the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act and reviews agency guidance on how COVID-19 affects existing workplace laws.
New Coronavirus Relief Law Requires Paid Employee Leave
As part of sweeping legislation enacted in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has enacted two laws requiring employers to provide paid leave for coronavirus-related reasons. This Compliance Bulletin discusses those laws.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: New Law Provides Emergency Paid Sick and Family Leave
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Detailed Analysis
On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed 90-8-2 H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” The President immediately signed the bill into law, which is effective no later than 15 days of enactment.
The Families First Act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide 14 days paid sick leave and 12 weeks of unpaid/paid family leave under certain, limited circumstances. Specifically, paid sick and family leave benefits may not payable if the employee is able to work remotely. The Labor Department is also authorized to issue regulations to exempt employers with less than 50 employees from the paid sick and family leave provisions. The paid leave provisions sunset on December 31, 2020.
Working Remote: Q&A with Scott Grausnick, CEO of Harbinger Partners
The possible spreading of COVID-19 is making the move to a virtual workplace a necessity. Businesses that haven’t allowed employees to work from home full-time are needing to make it happen quickly. For companies, it may be overwhelming right now, but there are enormous benefits for both the employer and the employee.
Legal Update--Coronavirus Law Enacted, Requires Paid Employee Leave
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed a coronavirus aid law previously passed by the House in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the measures included in the law are provisions requiring employers to provide paid leave for reasons related to the illness. This Legal Update summarizes those provisions.
Updated House Passes Corrected Coronavirus Relief Bill (See Legal Update 3.18.20)
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved technical corrections to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) that make substantive changes to its provisions. The U.S. Senate may take up the bill on Tuesday, March 17. The bill must be passed by both the House and Senate, and signed by the president, to become law.
NEW - States Relax Unemployment Benefit Eligibility for COVID-19
As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, several states have announced adjustments to their unemployment insurance (UI) programs for employees who are out of work because of the COVID-19 outbreak. These states include Alabama, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Additional states are expected to issue similar guidance in the near future. Each state administers a separate UI program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law.
DOL FAQs COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act
No Gatherings of 10 or More People, President Trump Says
In light of the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the Department of Labor (DOL) has published answers to frequently asked questions on how employers can stay in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which regulates wage and hour conditions for employees.
In a press conference on Monday, March 16, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that Americans should avoid gatherings of 10 or more people and avoid seating at bars and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus. This announcement comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that gatherings of 50 or more people should be canceled or postponed for at least eight weeks, which would be until early May, due to the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Updated House Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill (See Update 3.17.20)
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020. President Trump has endorsed the legislation. However, there is uncertainty over when the U.S. Senate will vote on the bill.
Thinking It Through: Wage and Hour Implications of Employer Responses to the Coronavirus
The spread of the novel coronavirus and associated outbreak of the COVID-19 disease raise challenging questions for employers. This article describes some of the U.S. wage and hour implications resulting from employers’ measures addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, including compensation for employees who are quarantined or furloughed, business expense reimbursement, reporting time pay, and predictive scheduling laws.
50 State Resource on Paid Leave Obligations
Certain states and localities consider office or school closures due to public health concerns a "covered use" under Paid Sick Leave laws. TechServe Alliance members can use the ComplianceHR Navigator Leave compliance module, to quickly access up-to-date leave laws and requirements, get guidance on next step action items, and so much more – all while reducing your risk of exposure and liability.
Economic Analysis: The Impact of COVID-19 and the Collapse of Oil Prices
In an ongoing effort to keep you informed, your TechServe Alliance Member Services Team is providing the following link to the Trends Report available to members each month. This most recent report discusses ITR Economics' assessment of the economic impact of the coronavirus.
It is a thoughtful non-emotional analysis of both the current and projected economic landscape. ITR Economics' key takeaway: Keep Calm and Carry On.
The ITR Trends Report is available to TechServe Alliance members each month.
Coronavirus - Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.
Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in their approach to dealing with COVID-19. This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation.