Late on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its first guidance for employers attempting to navigate the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Because the DOL has yet to issue any regulations to implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family

To our valued clients and friends. We are providing an interim update on Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7H regarding new severe restrictions on workplaces for “non-essential businesses” issued last evening and effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00p.m.

Since the announcement of the Governor’s “Stay Safe – Stay Home” initiative, we have been

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed House Bill 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law. The law takes effect on April 2, 2020, and remains in effect until December 31, 2020. The FFCRA amends portions of the FMLA while also providing for paid sick leave in limited cases.

Because of the

On March 16, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “corrections” to House Bill No. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The new version of the bill will come as a relief to many employers because it removes or restricts many of the paid leave provisions established in the original bill. Like the

Over the weekend, some 8,000 unemployment claims were filed just in Connecticut (the average is 1,000).  With the Governor ordering the closures of restaurants and bars (except for takeout and delivery), gyms, movie theaters, and more effective at 8 p.m. on March 16, 2020, many employers have already begun instituting mass layoffs.

As a result,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the White House recently announced that “out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President.”  These checks will cover employees, visitors, and members of the press.  In a prior post,

On March 1, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will be implementing a new electronic registration process as part of its annual H-1B Cap Lottery. Given that the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 (“FY2021”) H-1B Cap Lottery will be the first to be conducted using this new registration process, U. S. employers seeking to

2019 ended with a bang for stakeholders of retirement plans with the passage of the SECURE Act, a major piece of federal legislation that will alter the retirement plan landscape for years to come. Signed into law as part of a $1.4 trillion bipartisan spending bill on December 20, the SECURE Act (the full name

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (now Pub. L. 116-94) (the “Appropriations Act”), which, among other things, contains the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (the “Act”). The Act is a significant piece of retirement legislation which seeks to expand access

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has published a final rule increasing the fee to use its Premium Processing Service from $1,410 to $1,440. The new fee will take effect on December 2, 2019, and requests for Premium Processing postmarked on or after this date must include the new fee.

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