Podcast Transcript: The CARES Act – What You Need to Know

The top five takeaways from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), explained by James Venable Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Transcript: Sue: Welcome to our weekly podcast. I’m your host today, Sue Woods, senior compliance counsel at ReedGroup, a Guardian company. And joining me today is James Venable, the vice … Continued

Puerto Rico Enacts Paid Leave for COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

Non-exempt employees in Puerto Rico are entitled to five working days of paid leave if they become infected or are suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Effective immediately upon its April 9, 2020 enactment, the new leave provision amends the Puerto Rico Minimum Salary, Vacation and Sick Leave Act, Act 180-1998, which excludes employees classified … Continued

Washington Employers Must Provide Accommodations Protecting High-Risk Employees from COVID-19

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 on April 13, 2020, requiring all public and private employers to offer accommodations to high-risk employees to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. The proclamation is effective from April 13, 2020 through June 12, 2020, unless extended by Governor Inslee. The proclamation adopts the Centers for Disease … Continued

New EEOC Guidance on ADA Reasonable Accommodations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Grappling with reasonable accommodation requests from disabled employees can be difficult, even without layering COVID-19 related concerns on top of the process. To help employers stay compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new Q&As regarding how to address the interactive process during the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continued

U.S. DOL FFCRA Rule Faces Challenges and Q&A Guidance

Update: Our latest post about the DOL’s FFCRA guidance can be found here.   The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) recently released Temporary Rule and Q&A guidance concerning the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided much-needed detail for employers and third-party leave administrators grappling with administering the FFCRA’s new paid leave entitlements. However, … Continued

Rhode Island Waives TDI/TCI Waiting Periods and Relaxes Documentation Required for COVID-19 Claims

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the U.S., many state agencies have rallied to increase impacted workers’ access to wage replacement benefits through existing state-administered benefits programs. Some agencies have also revised documentation requirements in recognition of the current limitations on timely access to COVID-19 testing and diagnosis. The Rhode Island Department … Continued