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Compensation & Benefits

DOL issues employer guidance on leave provisions of FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new round of guidance telling employers how to comply with the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits written into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that went into effect April 1.

Snapshot: Quarter of employers offer COVID-19 incentive pay

As employers continue to navigate the uncertain terrain in a COVID-19 world, some have begun offering hazard pay to employees who are required to work on-site during the pandemic.

Senate passes CARES Act; onto the House, then to the President

As passed by the Senate, the CARES Act contains the following provisions.

DOL paves way for unemployment benefits

Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits are a centerpiece of the mammoth $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation that Congress and the White House negotiated the week of March 23. Details were still being hashed out at press time, including “unemployment compensation on steroids,” according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Stressed employees? New perk may help

If you are currently operating at full capacity and looking to add workers to meet increased demand, you’re probably finding it hard to hire. And while raising pay may help, that won’t address needs of a stressed and anxious workforce. But there is one perk that may set your business apart: Consider offering various therapy services for worried workers.

New law requires paid-leave recordkeeping

Effective April 2, employers that may never have had to worry about the FMLA because they don’t have enough employees will have to become family-leave experts in a hurry. And all employers will have to figure out how to manage a new paid-leave benefit.

How employers will recoup FFCRA paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is true to its name: families get the benefit of the law first. The law requires employers to provide paid leave and pay for it up front. Then, it establishes tax credits that let employers recoup those costs after they have been paid out.

Coronavirus: Good news for hourly workers’ pay

A new survey by Willis Towers Watson finds that most employers will continue to pay hourly workers who test positive for the virus (72%), whose workplace experiences a mandated closure (54%) or who have a cold or flu-like symptoms and voluntarily stay home (51%).

18% of Americans losing jobs or income due to coronavirus

A new poll finds that 18% of American workers have either lost their jobs or had their hours and thus their pay reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Get ready for more failure-to-promote suits

The coming months look like they will bring hard economic times, which probably means we will see an increase in employee lawsuits. One unique risk to watch out for: failure-to-promote litigation.