1 September 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor issued three new FAQs concerning when FFCRA applies to school openings this fall. Previously, the DOL covered school closings in March, and there was much uncertainty as to how school openings would be treated under the FFCRA.
18 August 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many uncertainties in the workplace, and salary budgets are an especially crucial area of concern for many organizations. ASE’s recently released 2020/2021 Salary Budget Survey reveals how employers are responding to this ever-changing market.
11 August 2020
The FFCRA applies to U.S. employers with fewer than 500 employees. Last week a district federal court in New York overturned some provisions of the interim FFCRA rules. These interim rules for the FFCRA were written quickly, within two weeks of the law. However, these rules have a shelf life of 12/31/20, but given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 vaccinations, it may be extended into another year. In the meantime, employers that are covered under these rules need...
28 July 2020
One of the more downplayed situations some employers are facing while re-opening is the fact that some workers are not returning to work when offered re-employment. These workers have been on layoff and received both state unemployment (in Michigan up to $362/week) and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act $600 weekly benefit – sometimes resulting in the employee receiving more money for not working.
30 June 2020
In the world of Wage and Hour law exemption determination there is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that is the law on what jobs are “exempt” from most recordkeeping and payment of overtime for work over 40 hours in a week.
30 June 2020
Last month’s Bostock decision ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights. This decision has a number of subtle impacts that employers need to be cognizant of, including compensation and by extension employer sponsored health plans.
23 June 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This law allows retirement plan participants access to their retirement plans through plan account distributions and loans that do not suffer the 10% penalty tax usually assessed for early distributions from plans.
26 May 2020
Last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule addressing compensation for non-exempt employees that work flexible or “fluctuating” workweeks. This new rule updates the DOL’s regulations where it outlined how overtime is calculated for salaried non-exempt workers whose hours vary by week. This new rule became effective on 5/20/2020.
5 May 2020
The biggest fear for employers is what to do if an employee who came back to work is later diagnosed with COVID-19. Are employers liable for these situations?
7 April 2020
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which creates two new emergency paid leave requirements in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
7 April 2020
After the publication of last week’s article, which was written before temporary regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor were published in the Federal Register on April 1, it appears that the answer to the question – Will Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order Requiring Shelter in Place Trigger the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPLSA)? – is now yes. These temporary regulations are effective April 1 and last until December 31, 2020, and there is no 30-day notice and...
17 March 2020
There are a lot of moving parts that HR has to stay on top of to effectively respond to the impact and fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASE is keeping up on the employer end of this topic with a dedicated Coronavirus webpage. A survey on employer practices is being conducted to help with planning and decisions. Some preliminary data pertaining to employers’ actions around layoffs and unemployment is provided below. ASE is also adding new classes and webinars designed to keep...
3 March 2020
According to new survey from Business Group on Health, a majority of large employers here in the U.S. are working to expand their paid leave benefits. The 2020 Employers’ Leave Strategy and Transformation Survey found that most employers are adding or considering new types of paid leaves or increasing the number of days available for leave. In 2019 39% of the responding employers expanded their paid leave benefits with 38% planning to do so in 2020 and 35% looking even...
18 February 2020
It’s winter and we still have a long way to go. Many of us will look out the window at the cold and gray and imagine being somewhere warm and on the beach. How would you like to work for an employer that actually provides you money on top of your paid time off to take that dream vacation? The newest perk some generous employers have rewarded their employees with are travel stipends, or as some call it, “paid, paid vacation” that helps to take care of...
11 February 2020
With today’s tight labor market, employers are turning over any stone they come across to find the next benefit program that allows them to attract and retain employees. Remote working and flexible work environments do not have the same enticing properties that they did even a few short years ago since these programs are now becoming an expected benefit by many employees rather than a perk.