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Individuals Traveling from Brazil Restricted from Entry under New Presidential Order

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 26, 2020
Beginning 11:59 p.m. on May 26, 2020, travelers from Brazil will be restricted from entering the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus.”

DOL Issues Final Rule on Fluctuating Workweek Method of Computing Overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 26, 2020
On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule revising its so-called “fluctuating workweek” regulation. The final rule confirms that incentive payments—such as bonuses, commissions, and other premium payments—made in addition to the salary are compatible with the use of the fluctuating workweek method of compensation. The DOL also clarifies other aspects of the fluctuating workweek method that have confused courts and employers alike. The final rule provides much-needed clarity to the regulated community and provides additional flexibility to employees and employers in structuring compensation arrangements that align with their objectives.

My FMLA Blog Turns 10 Today! A Look at the Best and Worst of the FMLA in 10 Years of Writing

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 26, 2020
Today, my little FMLA blog turns 10 years old.

Payroll Protection Program Update: Forgiveness Application and Guidelines

FordHarrison LLP • May 26, 2020
The CARES Act created the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which amended the Small Business Act (“SBA”) to provide short term loans to companies with fewer than 500 employees and other companies (such as those in the restaurant and hospitality industry). Such loans may be eligible for full forgiveness if used for payroll and other business expenses and all other statutory requirements are met. The SBA continues to issue guidance on a rolling basis, which can impact a company’s eligibility for the loan, use of the loan, and the level of forgiveness.

DOL Green Lights Bonuses for Employees with Fluctuating Work Schedules

Franczek Radelet P.C • May 26, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) expressly authorizing employers to offer bonuses, hazard pay, and other premiums to employees whose hours, and regular rate of pay, vary from week to week.

Small Business Administration Issues Additional Guidance on Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 26, 2020
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued guidance on the forgiveness provisions applicable to loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act.

Orange County Amends Its Re-Opening Guidance Regarding Offices-Based Businesses

Jackson Lewis P.C. • May 26, 2020
On May 4th, Governor Newsom issued a new executive order allowing for limited reopening of certain businesses. This initial allowance for re-opening was part of the State’s larger staged plan referred to as the “Resilience Roadmap.” The Governor’s plan identified that the State was in the early part of Stage 2 but set out guidance for counties to seek variances based on criteria set by the California Department of Public Health.

NY Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave for Health Care Workers

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 26, 2020
On May 17, 2020, the New York Department of Health (NY DOH) and the New York Department of Labor (NY DOL) issued joint Guidance pertaining to an employer’s obligation under the New York State COVID-19 Sick Leave Law (“the Law”) to provide paid sick leave to “health care employees.”

Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 26, 2020
As part of the ongoing plan to restart Puerto Rico’s economy, on May 21, 2020, Puerto Rico Governor Hon. Wanda Vazquez-Garced issued Executive Order 2020-041 (“EO” or the “Order”). Among other things, the Order, which takes effect on May 26, 2020, expands the list of businesses and commercial activities that were allowed to reopen pursuant to the prior Executive Order issued on May 4, 2020. EO 2020-041 also extends the lockdown and curfew measures until June 15, 2020.

The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • May 26, 2020
Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18 (GA-18) regarding the reopening of Texas businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. GA-18 was part of the Governor’s 3-phase plan for reopening the state and was issued in tandem with a report entitled Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas.

Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2019 Cook County Equalization Factor

Franczek Radelet P.C • May 26, 2020
The Illinois Department of Revenue has released the final 2019 Cook County equalization factor. The factor (sometimes referred to as the multiplier) for 2019 is 2.9160. The press release from the Department of Revenue is available here.
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