DOL Issues RFI on Paid Family and Medical Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeks information from the public about the effectiveness of paid employee family and medical leave. In a Request for Information (RFI) issued July 15, 2020, the DOL said it intends to gather information about the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs, and how access (or lack…

DOL Issues Revised Optional FMLA Forms

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the forms employers and employees may use to meet their notification and certification obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).   In a July 16, 2020, statement announcing the changes, the DOL said the forms were revised…

IRS Issues FFCRA W-2 Reporting Guidance

July 17, 2020 | FFCRA Update   The IRS issued Notice 2020-54 to help employers properly report 2020 emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Employers with less than 500 employees who provided benefits under either leave program will need to…

Departments Issue FAQ Part 43 on COVID-19

On June 23, 2020, the Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (“HHS”) (collectively, “the Departments”) issued FAQ Part 43, which includes certain guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), as well as other COVID-19 health plan issues.  …

Cyber Criminals Seeking to Capitalize on Coronavirus

Criminals prey on unfortunate circumstances, seeking to capitalize on victims during times of panic and hardship. Unfortunately, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is no exception. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told individuals to be vigilant about scams related to COVID-19. Cybercriminals have been known…

5 Tips for Onboarding Employees Remotely During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused employers to make significant changes to their business practices, including onboarding. Managers and new hires across the country are navigating the unchartered waters of remote onboarding.  The onboarding process—which is designed to cultivate a long-term relationship between the employer and the employee while fostering a feeling of…