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On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) mandating that Federal contractors and large employers require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Touted as a bold public health initiative, the EO is unprecedented: never before has the government issued a  mandate requiring employees to submit to a vaccination or weekly...
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The March 2020 CARES Act allows employers to reduce their quarterly federal employment tax deposit obligations in certain situations. For example, if an employer is entitled to a credit of $5,000 for (a) qualified sick leave wages, (b) certain related health plan expenses, and (c) the employer’s share of Medicare tax on the leave wages, and if the employe...
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The $900 billion pandemic relief that passed Congress in December was a compromise measure aimed at improving economic recovery.  Some of its most important features are as follows:
President Plays "TRUMP" Card in Virus Relief
Two virus relief packages have passed Congress and been implemented, each running slightly in excess of $1 trillion.  They provided a $600.00 per week federal supplement to state unemployment benefits, so generous that a majority of workers on unemployment received more money than if they were working.  That federal supplement expired at the end...
In a 6-3 ruling on June 16, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal civil rights laws protect workers on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Bostock v. Clayton County.  The much-publicized issue and ruling comes as a surprise to many and serves as a prime example that changes in social mores among the populatio...
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Atlanta Senior Principal Larry Stine, nationally recognized expert on occupational safety and health law, was extensively quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law News on June 3, 2020.  Contrary to some reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ramped up its inspections of many employers, especially meat and poultry proce...
UPDATE – COVID-19 LEGISLATION
March 17, 2020 Update: The House has passed, and the President has indicated his support for, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The Senate is to consider this bill on March 17, 2020. Employers are primarily impacted by the paid sick leave, expanded FMLA leave, and tax credit. 
THE MOST IMPORTANT DOL GUIDANCE FOR YOU TO KNOW REGARDING EXPANDED FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE AND PAID SICK LEAVE
APRIL 2, 2020 On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule to implement the public health emergency and paid sick leave provisions.  The regulations are consistent with the questions and answers previously issued, and discussed below, as well as the webinar discussed below.  The most important clarification in th...
Webinar : Covid-19 What Employers Need to Know - April 1, 2020 2:00 pm
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On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its long-anticipated Final Rule on exemptions and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The new rule takes effect January 1, 2020. Unlike its Obama-era predecessor, which was challenged in court and enjoined by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the new Final ...
On August 7, 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel arrested about 680 persons during seven food processing plant raids in Mississippi.  Published reports indicated that 243 employees were arrested at the Morton, Mississippi plant of Koch Foods of Mississippi.  Three other companies were also raided, some at more than one...

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