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► Businesses Start Reopening, But Not All Workers Ready to Go Back

May 6, 2020

Some states are loosening restrictions and allowing at least some businesses to reopen. But as anxious as people are to resume their pre-COVID-19 lives, some employees are hesitant to go back. Matthew H. Parker, an attorney with Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP in Providence, Rhode Island, ...

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► COVID-19 Raises Critical Questions About Employee Testing

April 27, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for any employer seeking to provide a healthy working environment. To help mitigate some of the uncertainty, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued updated guidance for employers considering ...

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► 7 Signs You Have a Good Retirement Plan Advisor

April 24, 2020

When 401(k) plans first hit the scene in the early to mid-80s, financial advisors focused primarily on investment lineups, and that was OK with plan sponsors. However, as assets grew and the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution plans accelerated, employers began to realize they ...

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► Employers See Downside to Coronavirus Order Limiting Immigration

April 20, 2020

President Trump recently announced that he would suspend immigration to the United States as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking anger among businesses reliant on foreign workers. Perhaps bowing to that pressure, the final version of the president’s ...

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► Coronavirus Presence brings new obligations related to OSHA

April 16, 2020

As employers begin looking beyond the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and start thinking of bringing people back to work, they will be wise to realize the new virus means permanent changes related to their obligation to provide a safe workplace. Christopher Sutton, an attorney in ...

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► DOL Issues New FFCRA Poster and Additional Guidance

April 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an "Employee Rights" poster for the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave components of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Employers covered under the FFCRA—private employers with fewer than 500 ...

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► Treasury, IRS Propose Changes to Withholding Rules

April 9, 2020

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed updating the federal income tax withholding rules to reflect changes made by recent legislation such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). The proposed regulations, recently published in the Federal ...

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► CARES Act Includes Changes to Health Coverage, Privacy Laws

April 7, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act , the massive relief and stimulus package signed March 27, includes several health coverage provisions designed largely to facilitate testing and treatment for COVID-19, along with encouraging alternatives to health care in the ...

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► Form I-9 In-Person Verification Deferred During COVID-19 Crisis

March 26, 2020

In light of the unusual state of current affairs employers are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it will exercise discretion to defer the “in-person” requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). ...

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► Employment Laws Fail to Keep Up with Legalization of Marijuana and CBD

March 24, 2020

When I stand in the checkout line at our local Whole Foods, CBD products are within easy reach. If I buy the CBD ointment, could I run into any problems at work? Employers, Employees Alike Are Left in Vulnerable Position As states around the country continue to legalize marijuana and ...

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