Legislative Developments

As most employers know by now, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) has two main components:  the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA” or “FMLA+”).  The United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) has recently provided additional guidance on how an employer’s leave policies interact

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

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 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