Employment

Re-Openings, Restrictions, and Legal Rights: Moving Through and Beyond COVID-19

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In Illinois, April 30, 2020 marks Day 40 of Governor Pritzker’s stay-home order, confining all residents and shutting down all operations, except for “essential activities.” Is the Order legal? Do such government mandates violate First Amendment freedoms, as some states courts have ruled? How can nonprofit leaders plan well, safely, and legally for moving through and beyond COVID-19?

Updated FAQs – COVID-19 PPP and EIDL Loans for Churches and Other Nonprofits

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As of April 24, 2020, the SBA’s Payment Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs were replenished with $310 billion in PPP and $60 billion in EIDL additional funding. The SBA has correspondingly updated its April 6, 2020 FAQs. Organizations with pending applications and new applicants thus may both garner these highly advantageous loans, like the first round approved March 27, 2020, however, this additional funding is expected to run out quickly.

 

Responding to a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in the Workplace or Someone Who Has Symptoms

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A significant number of employees have been working from home, but they may soon return to work as stay-at-home orders are lifted across the country. As employees begin to return to their workplaces, employers want to know what they should do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19. Are employers legally required to do anything? What is best practice in responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the workplace? What if the person only has symptoms but no confirmation? What information can employers disclose to other employees, if any? This article will address five things employers should do when responding to a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace.

FAQs – COVID-19 PPP and EIDL Loans for Churches and Other Nonprofits

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This guidance supplements our law firm’s April 2, 2020 webinar addressing financial assistance available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which was enacted March 27, 2020 in response to the worldwide novel coronavirus outbreak. The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) program are intended to provide significant financial assistance to nonprofits, small businesses, and others facing economic harm and other risks resulting from pandemic-related conditions.

CARES Act: Financial Relief for Nonprofit Operations and Employment

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became effective on March 27, 2020. The Act allows for the injection of approximately $2.2 trillion into the economy to provide businesses and nonprofits with forgivable loans to avoid employee layoffs, to support the healthcare industry, to shore up other critical, adversely affected industries, and to create numerous other incentives for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. Such unprecedented financial relief seeks to help our entire country weather the current financial, economic, and public health maelstrom.

This article focuses on provisions in the Act that will affect nonprofit organizations’ financial operations, their employer-related financial responsibilities, and financial assistance for employees and other individuals. The Act contains numerous additional provisions not covered in this article, many of which may affect specific individuals or businesses.

Update on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), requiring employers to provide certain sick pay and family medical leave benefits to eligible employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The FFCRA requires the federal government to cover the cost of the required benefits on an almost real-time basis via refundable payroll tax credits. While there are still some areas of the new law that lack clarity, we have summarized the currently available guidance regarding required payments and the related payroll tax credits below, along with Q&A and Examples to help your organization digest the technical provisions therein.

Expanded Paid Leave and Unemployment Benefits for American Workers Impacted by COVID-19

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On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. The legislation delivers widespread changes for all employers with less than 500 employees and government employers. Effective Thursday, April 2, and continuing until December 31, 2020, such employers must now provide their employees with certain relief related to the exigencies caused by COVID-19. Relief measures include the following:

Remote Financial Operations and the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic’s continually developing implications for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses, now is the time to ensure that employees can perform key financial operations functions working remotely… e.g., from their homes. It is also the time for nonprofit organizational leaders to ensure that their online giving operations are fully functional and working well.

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