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DOL Issues Second Round of Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act >
March 27, 2020
By: Sidney R. Steinberg and David E. Renner
As implementation day (April 1, 2020) approaches, late yesterday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued yet another set of additional guidance and FAQs to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act). Technically, the DOL added to its already existing guidance by adding 23 additional FAQs (FAQs 15-37).

DOL Issues Initial Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Publishes Required Model Notice >
March 26, 2020
By: Sidney R. Steinberg and David E. Renner
Late in the afternoon on March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published its initial guidance and FAQs regarding the new Act. While it seems that the implications of the Act are changing almost daily for employers, this initial guidance does provide some clarity for employers on how to implement the new Act. Here are some of the key implications of the DOL's new guidance.

Employment Tax Aspects of the Coronavirus Response Act >
March 24, 2020
By: James R. Malone, Jr.
The Families First Coronavirus Act has significant employment law implications, as it imposes new leave provisions under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The Act also has significant employment tax implications.

Workers' Compensation Rights/ Obligations in Light of the Forced Government Shutdown Due to COVID-19 >
March 23, 2020
By: Karyn Dobroskey Rienzi and Jill A. Gilden
With coronavirus (COVID-19 related mandatory shutdowns in place across Pennsylvania, employers and workers' compensation insurance carriers will face requests for reinstatement of total or partial disability benefits from employees who have returned to work following work-related injuries.

EEOC Issues New Guidance for Managing COVID-19 Risks Consistent with the ADA >
March 20, 2020
By: Sidney R. Steinberg and Daniel F. Thornton
Amid the flurry of laws and agency guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 18, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published new guidance regarding the interplay between COVID-19 and federal disability protections. While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act continue to apply, they do not prevent employers from following public health authorities' guidelines and recommendations about steps to address the COVID-19 crisis.

President Signs Bill Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 >
March 19, 2020
By: Sidney R. Steinberg and David E. Renner
Yesterday afternoon, March 19, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved, and the President signed, the House's Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed early Saturday morning and amended late Monday night. The Bill is designed to provide assistance to American workers in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the United States. The Bill has large bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 363-40 and passing 90-8 in the Senate. While the Bill focuses largely on necessary public health-related matters, the Bill also contains several provisions that will significantly impact U.S. employers.

Coronavirus/COVID-19, Construction Contracts, and Legal Next Steps >
March 17, 2020
By: Mason Avrigian, Jr. and Paul A. Logan
Contractors need to be armed with positions and responses in the event owners or other parties in the industry seek to enforce contracts that become virtually impossible to perform. If your business encounters these circumstances, you must consider various legal positions and arguments to protect your interests.

House Amends Bill Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 >
March 17, 2020
By: David E. Renner
An update on changes made by the U.S. House of Representatives to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act providing for mandatory paid FMLA leave and paid sick leave for employees working for employers with fewer than 500 employees impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

U.S. House Passes Bill Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 >
March 16, 2020
By: David E. Renner
Early Saturday morning, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Bill) designed to provide assistance to American workers in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the United States. The Bill has bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 363-40. While the Bill deals with a number of necessary public health related matters, the Bill also contains several provisions that will significantly impact U.S. employers.

Commonwealth Court Affirms PUC's Use of End of Test Year Methodology for Calculation of the Fully Projected Future Test Year and Application of Act 40 >
January 16, 2020
By: Jessica R. Rogers
On January 15, 2020, in the matter of McCloskey v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Order in the UGI Utilities, Inc. - Electric Division base rate proceeding at Docket No. R-2017-2640058. Specifically, the Court affirmed the PUC's finding that Act 11 allowed a public utility using the Fully Projected Future Test Year to calculate its rate base using an end of test year methodology, as well as the PUC's determination that UGI Electric had met its burden under Act 40 to show that it was appropriately using funds that previously would have been subject to the Consolidated Tax Adjustment.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Clarifies Time Limitations for Joinder Petitions >
January 6, 2020
By: Karyn Dobroskey Rienzi and Patrick T. Cusick
In a recent Opinion, Sota Construction Services, Inc. v. WCAB (Czarnecki), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court clarified the time limitations for filing Joinder Petitions as well as the issue of the appealability of orders dismissing Joinder Petitions. Specifically, the Court held that a party is not required to file a Joinder Petition within the three-year statute of limitations for filing a Claim Petition under Section 315 of the Act.

City of Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Days Act Mandating Employers Provide Employees Paid Sick Time Becomes Effective March 15, 2020 >
December 18, 2019
By: David E. Renner
The Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (PSDA) is not slated to become effective on March 15, 2020 - what should Pittsburgh employers be doing now to prepare?

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