DOL’s EBSA Issues Update on Emergency ERISA Deadline Extensions

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Department (EBSA) has published EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, which provides updated guidance regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability claim timelines. History Last spring, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Departments of Labor and Treasury published guidance extending certain timeframes under ERISA and the Internal … Continued

American Rescue Plan Aims to Resuscitate FFCRA Emergency Paid Leave Mandate

President Biden has unveiled his proposed framework for additional federal COVID-19 relief legislation, named the “American Rescue Plan.” The American Rescue Plan touches many topics including but not limited to a national COVID-19 vaccination effort, another round of direct stimulus payments, federal workplace safety and health standards, and extension of certain unemployment benefits. Most significantly … Continued

Congress fails to extend FFCRA leave: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Despite optimism that there would be an extension of paid emergency sick and family leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), the COVID-19 relief bill signed by President Trump yesterday fails to extend the FFCRA’s leave mandate beyond December 31st. However, it does extend tax credits until March 31, 2021 for employers … Continued

California Leave Legislation: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, California Family Rights Acts Amendments, New Parent Leave Act Repeal, Oh My!

At the eleventh hour, the California legislature, poised to adjourn for final recess on August 31, passed multiple leave-related bills with big absence management implications for California employers. In this three-part blog, we first explore the new statewide paid sick leave mandate that requires emergency paid leave be provided to many California employees who fall … Continued

When Your Team Is Still Working Remotely

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, many companies are extending remote work for their employees who were able to perform their jobs from a home office. Expanding remote work has been a highly effective strategy for employers seeking to keep their employees safe while continuing to operate their business. Working from home can present challenges for … Continued