On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the No Surprises Act, which was part of the consolidated appropriations bill intended to provide stimulus payments and other relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The act comes after years of negotiation between health plan insurers, employers, and providers, and represents a significant change in the way that providers can bill and be reimbursed for “out of network” services.
Articles Discussing Workplace Issues Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Kimberly Doud and Nancy Johnson of Littler’s Orlando office are joined by Miami shareholder Finn Pressly to continue the discussion on COVID-19 vaccines and to focus on the use of incentive plans as a tool to encourage employees to vaccinate. This conversation should help employers navigate the landscape to
Making good on President Biden’s position that everyone should wear a mask when using public transportation, the CDC issued an Order effective February 2nd requiring all travelers using public transportation to wear masks while boarding, traveling and disembarking. The Order requires all travelers, crew, and people who work at the
Kimberly Doud and Nancy Johnson of Littler’s Orlando office discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting Florida workforces. In this second podcast, Kimberly and Nancy discuss vaccines – the availability in Florida, how Florida has distributed its vaccines and the issues employers need to start confronting with respect to
We all remember the shelter-in-place orders of 2020, and the resulting drop in customers for many businesses as the pandemic took its toll throughout the year. Perhaps we should not have been surprised when the pandemic continued and the resulting rounds of employee furloughs turned into rounds of employee
The CARES Act passed in March 2020 created an “employee retention tax credit,” which entitled eligible employers to a refundable tax credit for wages paid to employees during periods that the employer’s business was subject to a suspension, a shutdown, or a significant decline in revenues.
As directed by President Joe Biden’s Executive Order issued on January 21, 2021 requiring the Federal Government to take swift action to protect workers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has released updated guidance on how to prevent exposure and the spread of COVID-19 in
On January 25, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a proclamation reinstating COVID-19 entry restrictions for travelers from Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area of Europe. The proclamation also adds South Africa to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions.
The CARES Act passed in March 2020 created an “employee retention tax credit,” which entitled eligible employers to a refundable tax credit for wages paid to employees during periods that the employer’s business was subject to a suspension, a shutdown, or a significant decline in revenues. The tax credit was
The questions have come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
Q: I furloughed several of my employees in 2020. Does the time on furlough count toward their FMLA eligibility?
Q: We forced an employee to take a leave of absence when they exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, which led to
As employers continue to grapple with a safe return to the workplace, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for businesses and employers on SARS-CoV-2 testing of employees, as part of a more comprehensive approach to reducing transmission of the virus in non-healthcare workplaces. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 continues to cause significant restrictions in many areas around the world, including workplaces: Employees are working in remote settings, they no longer share tools and supplies, partitions separate workspaces, employees may not gather in common areas, and in-person meetings are reduced to a minimum. With distribution of the first
In his first days in office, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a flurry of executive orders. Notably, President Biden instructed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue new instructions to state unemployment agencies that will allow individuals to claim unemployment benefits even if they quit their jobs because
Kimberly Doud and Nancy Johnson of Littler’s Orlando office discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting Florida workforces. This first podcast recaps the 2020 landscape and takes a peek at some of the Biden administration’s new executive orders.
Future episodes will tackle singular topics such as vaccines, unemployment issues,
The Biden administration announced that restrictions on travel known as the “14-Day Rules” will remain in effect, despite former President Trump’s decision to terminate some of them. These rules restrict entry by most non-U.S. citizens and non-Green Card holders from China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and the 26