Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Minnesota employers should be aware that, pursuant to Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-29, effective April 6, 2020 until December 31, 2020, Minnesota employers “must notify separated employees that they can apply for unemployment insurance benefits.” In addition, the executive order confirms that there is no longer a waiting week for unemployment compensation, and that

The U.S. Department of Labor just issued its Temporary Rule regarding its interpretation of Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 29 C.F.R. Part 826. I’m still digesting this and the IRS guidance (I just blogged about) so stay tuned. For now, the link above will get you to the Rule.

The IRS has finally issued much-awaited FAQ on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Notably, the IRS has taken a much stricter interpretation of the FFCRA than many practitioners (including me!) were when attempting to interpret the law without any guidance. I highly encourage businesses to review the website and FAQ – because the FFCRA

On Saturday, March 28, the U.S. Department of Labor updated its Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers.  While this is still not the regulations that we are all waiting for, it does provide compliance assistance to employers until the regulations are issued. I’ll write about more issues later, but probably the single

Wow – how fast things can change in a day! Following up to my post yesterday, as all of Minnesota is well aware now, Governor Walz issued his Stay-At-Home Executive Order 20-20 effective March 27 at 11:59 pm to April 10, 2020. I’ve barely had time to write this post as I’ve been on the

As Wisconsin’s Governor Evers has issued a “Safer At Home Order“, Minnesota businesses are scrambling to determine whether, in the event Governor Walz issues a similar executive order, their employees will be exempt from such order. Why does this matter? It allows employers to keep employees working (to an extent) and require that

Minneapolis has issued a FAQ regarding COVID-19 and the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. In short, the document outlines how the city of Minneapolis is “interpreting” the ordinance as it relates to earned sick and safe time (ESST). While I believe they are taking some liberties with their interpretation of the ordinance, employers

On March 17, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-06 – Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota.  This executive order provides relief for certain safety requirements to motor carriers providing direct assistance to support emergency relief efforts.  Notably to carriers reading my blog, this

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued a series of emergency executive orders (8 as of the date of this post) relating to COVID-19 that impact Minnesota employers. One very important to Minnesota employers is Emergency Executive Order 20-05Providing Immediate Relief to Employers and Unemployed Workers During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

Effectively March