In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, many businesses will inevitably be forced to reduce employees’ hours and thus their compensation. As a result, employees may be eligible to file for partial unemployment benefits.
The Ontario government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children due to closures.
In an afternoon press conference on March 16, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared that certain non-essential businesses across Pennsylvania “are to close” for at least 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
On March 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration announced and issued a national emergency declaration establishing a limited exemption from driver safety regulatory requirements.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has implications specific to Rhode Island employers. On March 16, 2020, Governor Raimondo issued a directive that restaurants and similar businesses remain closed for eat-in dining.