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COVID-19: Considerations and Support for Property Owners >
March 30, 2020
In these trying times, offering our clients the support they need is of the utmost importance to the Environmental Group at Post & Schell. The past few weeks have left us all navigating uncharted waters, taking each day as it comes, and facing and addressing new and previously unheard of challenges.

DOL Issues Third Round of Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act >
March 30, 2020
By: Sidney R. Steinberg and David E. Renner
With April 1, 2020 right around the corner, late Saturday night, March 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its third round of additional guidance and FAQs to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, adding 22 more FAQs (i.e., 38-59) to its existing guidance.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know >
March 30, 2020
The Legal Intelligencer
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum, James R. Malone, Jr., and David E. Renner
On March 18, the U.S. Senate approved, and the president signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the act) that was enacted to assist American workers in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The act, which is set to take effect on April 1, provides paid FMLA leave and paid sick leave to employees of certain employers who meet specific criteria.

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.

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