President Trump's COVID-19 Executive Orders on Unemployment and Payroll Taxes: More Questions than Answers

To what extent may unemployment benefits be enhanced and payroll taxes be deferred, as a result of President Trump’s recently issued Executive Orders? Issued on August 8, 2020, the Orders and related Memoranda to Cabinet and Executive Agency leaders seek to extend COVID-19 relief measures to individuals and businesses by reviving prior Congressionally authorized relief measures under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. Two of the Orders provide for partial continuation of enhanced unemployment benefits ($400 weekly) and suspended payroll tax collection. This executive branch action, however, leaves much to government agency heads in terms of implementation. Additionally, it will likely require some congressional agreement in terms of financial appropriations, as well as significant collaboration from state governments, to yield any meaningful results.

COVID-19 at Work: Symptoms, Contact, Disclosures, What Else?

What happens when an employee reports COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19? Upon receipt of such information, employers must be mindful of their dual obligations: (1) to protect the confidentiality of the employee’s sensitive medical information, and (2) to take reasonable measures to protect all employees’ safety and care, including making careful disclosures. While these obligations may exist in some tension, employers can properly navigate both duties. Here’s how.

Registered Agents: The Basics

​A nonprofit organization that incorporates or registers to conduct business in a particular state is required to have and continuously maintain a registered agent with a physical address, or registered office, located within such state. What does a registered agent actually do? Who should serve as registered agent? This article provides the basic information every nonprofit should know about this necessary role, in response to these questions.