In an effort to provide assistance to our clients to help navigate these new laws and challenges during this COVID pandemic, we have put together articles and summaries on some of the recent COVID-19 related legislation.
We understand that this is very overwhelming and at times very confusing. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Articles and Summaries
New York State and Federal Laws/Orders
Overview and Explanation of the NYS Quarantine Leave Law
This law only provides job protection and potential leave benefits (depending on employer size) for situations where a currently working employee is quarantined under an ORDER of the Department of Health (or similar government entity).
Overview and Common Questions Related to FFCRA
Emergency Sick/Quarantine Leave, Emergency Family Leave and Emergency Leave for Caring for School Aged Children for currently working employees.
The Small Business Exemption to FFCRA
The exemption applies to small businesses (less than 50 employees) and only as an exception to leave taken due to the need to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed due to COVID-19.
IRS Guidance on Required Documentation for Tax Credits under FFCRA
Documentation required in order to apply for and receive Tax Credits under FFCRA.
How do employees apply for leave under NYS Quarantine Leave Law and FFCRA?
What to do if an employee tests positive and/or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
Updated Guidance on NY Executive Order 202.8 Regarding Essential Businesses
Timeline of New York Executive Orders
Business Relief Programs under CARES
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was recently signed into law and provides economic relief specifically expanding the loans available to small businesses through the Small Business Association ("SBA") affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDC and OSHA Guidance
CDC Guidance for Reopening America
OSHA Ends Suspension of Recordkeeping Requirements for COVID-19 Cases
CDC and OSHA guidelines for keeping workplaces safe
OSHA Case Recording and Enforcement Guidance
CDC Issues Updated Interim Guidance for Critical Infastructure Employees
EEOC Issues Updated Guidance: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws
EEOC Updates Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance to Address COVID-19
The EEOC has recently issued updated guidance about what kind of healthcare inquiries and medical examinations employers can seek from their employees during this time.