FFCRA: Summer Program Closures May Trigger Leave Benefits

School work is done for this academic year and kids are moping around, bored because their summer camp plans were cancelled due to COVID-19. Are employees able to take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for their kids because their summer programs have been cancelled? Which programs qualify and what … Continued

Podcast Transcript: Open for Business – What Leave Benefits are Furloughed Employees Entitled to When They Return to Work?

On this week’s episode, Sue and James discuss what leave benefits your employees who were previously furloughed are entitled to when they come back to work after coronavirus closures are lifted. Transcript: James:  Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, … Continued

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, hypertension, severe heart conditions, weakened immunity, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease. The … Continued

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves Employers and employees alike are struggling to understand which leaves and time-off benefits may be used for COVID-19 related reasons. For employers who are subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many questions continue to crop up. For example, may employees use their company-provided … Continued

Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees 

Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees  As some employers begin plans for reopening their workplaces, many have concerns on how to manage employees with preexisting conditions that may make them more susceptible to COVID-19.  A poll taken after one of Reed Group’s recent absence management webinars showed that the top priority for employers was implementing safety measures for employees.  Some of those … Continued

Podcast Transcript: FFCRA’s Small Business Exemption

Small business owners may be exempt from providing paid leave for certain reasons under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as explained by James Venable, Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Transcript: James: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed … Continued

Podcast Transcript: EEOC’s COVID-19 Guidance

How the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can help you keep your employees safe, explained by James Venable, Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Transcript: Welcome to our weekly podcast. I’m your host, James Venable. I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for ReedGroup, … Continued