Late Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Connecticut updated its Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers yet again, tweaking the rules on masks in the workplace that had been put in place just days earlier.

The modifications by the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) reduce the need for employees to wear a mask or face

Late Friday, April 17, 2020, the Department of Economic and Community Development issued updated Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers and updated Essential Safe Store Rules, requiring masks or cloth face-coverings be worn by customers and employees effective immediately.

The new rules expand the requirement of masks in the workplace.  Previously, the rules

If you didn’t know about Connecticut’s Shared Work Program before the pandemic, you weren’t the only one.  Over the last few years, only a small handful of employers statewide had even taken advantage of the program. Since the start of the pandemic, however, over 700 employers have applied for the program and over 500 of

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Governor Lamont issued his latest Executive Order (7V) mandating new workplace safety rules to be promulgated by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).  Shortly thereafter, the new rules were released.  For essential businesses, these new rules should be implemented immediately. Also

The CARES Act made significant changes to unemployment benefits in response to the COVID pandemic.  As we explained in our March 31, 2020 update, this included expanding unemployment benefits to those who were not previously eligible (e.g. self-employed individuals or employees of religious schools), extending benefits for 13 additional weeks, and eliminating the one-week

Late Wednesday afternoon, just as the leave provisions of EFMLEA and EPSLA were becoming effective to employers, the United States Department of Labor issued regulations addressing a host of issues.  Some of the regulations mirrored the DOL guidance released last week, but other portions were new or further clarifications.

While no alert can detail all

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”  The CARES Act makes significant changes to the unemployment compensation structure for all employers, including governmental entities and non-profit organizations. The CARES Act also implements a Paycheck Protection Program, which is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses

Late Saturday, March 28, 2020, the United States Department of Labor updated, for the third time in less than a week, its guidance on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) paid leave provisions.

The most recent guidance, among other updates, addresses two issues that have previously been unclear and will have

Late on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor released a second round of guidance for employers to answer additional questions about the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).

The following is a brief recap of some additional questions answered in the new guidance. However, for more information,

The COVID-19 pandemic has made decision-making for employers feel urgent. Each headline of new cases and new restrictions screams “action”; however, perspective and thoughtfulness are qualities that will serve us all well as we navigate daily challenges.

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