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California Changes Its Independent Contractor Law – Again! | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy AB 5, the controversial California landmark legislation that dramatically changed the landscape of independent contractor versus employee status, has barely been in place since it became effective January 1, 2020.  It was followed by much gnashing of teeth by both businesses and many independent contractors who found their relationships altered in…

In-person Learning, Against all Pods?

by Tal K. Taylor As many students begin the schoolyear without on-site instruction, the concept of in-home learning pods is gaining in popularity among parents and caregivers.  A group of families may decide to jointly hire a tutor to teach an in-person curriculum or to help facilitate or supplement the online curriculum of a school…

EEOC Further Updates COVID-19 Guidance to Address Ongoing Questions | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy EEOC Further Updates COVID-19 Guidance to Address Ongoing Questions On September 9, 2020, the EEOC issued updated Guidance regarding the interplay between COVID-19 and the laws that it enforces.  All of the materials that the EEOC has which are related to COVID-19 can be found at www.eeoc.gov/coronavirus. The new Guidance makes…

The First of its Kind, Court Rules That Commercial Tenant is Entitled to Reduction in Rent Due to COVID-19 | FFS Insights

by Arash Beral, Jeffrey S. Goodfried and Jeffrey M. Jensen In what appears to be the first notable decision in the country tackling COVID-19 related implications vis-à-vis commercial contracts, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an order recently requiring a tenant (a restaurant) to pay only 25% of rent due during…

EEOC Issues Its Fifth Update Related to Discrimination and COVID-19 | FFS Insights

By Teresa R. Tracy The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is regularly updating previously-issued Technical Assistance Questions and Answers (i.e., issued March 17, March 18, April 9, April 17, 2020). It did so again on April 23, 2020. Our summary of prior updates can be found here and here. The EEOC continues to emphasize that…

EEOC Issues Additional Guidance Addressing Common COVID-19 Questions | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy On April 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional guidance regarding COVID-19 issues under the various federal non-discrimination laws that it enforces. That additional guidance from the EEOC can be found here. Our alert on the earlier guidance can be found here. The following is limited to the…

EEOC Issues Updated Questions and Answers Specific to COVID-19 | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated Technical Assistance Questions and Answers expanding information for employers related to COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The updated document…

DOL Issues Additional Guidance on FFCRA Critical Issues That Went Into Effect Today | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) became effective today, April 1, 2020. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance just a few days ago on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in the form of 59 questions and answers for employers on what the new leave laws require. The new guidance…

Overview of Payment Protection Program (“PPP”) Loans | FFS Insights

by Keith P. Mariano On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law. The CARES Act provides a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to combat the effects of the novel coronavirus. The $2.2 trillion package provides paychecks to individuals, loans to businesses, and tax breaks. Specifically,…

New Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posters Published | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy The new poster for covered private sector employers related to leaves under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has been published by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor and is available here. The agency has also published a set of FAQs related to the notice,…

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