Many employers are recognizing the financial strain on their employees as they begin to plan for their businesses’ future in these unprecedented times. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that make it easier to receive unemployment insurance benefits and increases the amount of unemployment benefits which

Larkin Hoffman employment law specialist Phyllis Karasov and employee benefits specialist Mary Komornicka discuss the new employee benefit features in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in our latest COVID-19 Briefing series podcast. The CARES Act allows employers to make changes in its Section 401(K) and 403(b) plans to assist employees who

As the agency responsible for enforcing workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued two pronouncements concerning COVID-19 and the workplace.

COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce

On April 21, 2020, OSHA published Guidance for the Construction Workforce which consists of tips to help reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus in

Larkin Hoffman employment law specialists Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine answer some of the tough questions employers face under the new Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) in our latest COVID-19 Briefing series podcast. Under the FFCRA, employers with fewer than 500 employees must provide paid leave to employees who cannot work due to pandemic-related

The unemployment compensation landscape is constantly evolving during this COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (“DEED”) are frequently issuing new guidance and updates as they work to implement emergency orders and legislation and to try to respond to the mass layoffs stemming from COVID-19

Millions of small businesses have been awaiting further guidance on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which applies to private businesses with fewer than 500 employees. On April 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published its temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to the FFCRA.  This article will discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published the model notice which employers must post as required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The notice must be posted in conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted.   An employer can satisfy this requirement by emailing or

On March 26, 2020,  the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its first guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”). The publications included a fact sheet for employees, a fact sheet for employers and a question and answers document. The documents begin to address the numerous questions that businesses have concerning

Woman working from home

This article is co-written by:
Phyllis Karasov, Larkin Hoffman
Larry Morgan, Orion HR Group, LLC

In light of the coronavirus, the majority of employers are allowing, if not mandating, that employees work from home (WFH). What should employers be thinking about when arranging for employees to telecommute?

  1. Determine which positions lend themselves to WFH. Obviously,

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an ever-changing, difficult situation for many people. Employers are being forced to make difficult decisions affecting the lives of employees—people about whom they care deeply. As government officials attempt to respond to and mitigate the pandemic, many of you are having to dramatically cut or eliminate employee hours or even