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April 22, 2020

Minnesota Update: The Latest COVID-19 Developments Impacting Minnesota Employers

Over the last few weeks, Minnesota’s employment laws have continued to change in significant ways in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 22, 2020

Puerto Rico Employers Must Now Inform Employees Who Have Been Laid Off, Furloughed or Experience a Reduction in Hours the Right to Request Unemployment Benefits

A new Puerto Rico Circular Letter provides that, effective immediately, any private employer that lays off or reduces employees’ regular working hours is required to notify them of the benefits available under the Unemployment Insurance Program.

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April 22, 2020

Philadelphia Clarifies City’s WARN Act to Account for COVID-19-Related Closures

Late on April 20, 2020, the City of Philadelphia issued Temporary Emergency Regulations to the Philadelphia Notification of Intention to Close or Relocate Operations ordinance (Philadelphia WARN Act).

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April 22, 2020

Canadian Federal Government Releases Online Calculator for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canadian federal government announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) application form will become available on Monday, April 27, 2020, and launched an online CEWS calculator to help employers apply for the CEWS.

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April 21, 2020

Lawmakers Agree to New Funding for Paycheck Protection Act Program

Senate lawmakers agreed on April 21, 2020, to inject cash into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a mechanism for offering forgivable loans to small businesses.

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April 19, 2020

WARN Act Risks Loom for Employers Re-Hiring or Un-Furloughing Employees to Receive Paycheck Protection Program Funding

Employers accepting funding under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and bringing employees back onto the active payroll with PPP loan funds are confronting challenging WARN Act compliance issues.

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April 18, 2020

Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice Issues Favorable Ruling for Employers on COVID-19 Relief Measure

On April 17, 2020, a majority of the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice (STF) upheld the constitutionality of Provisional Measure # 936 (MP # 936), bringing some relief for employers struggling to implement steps to reduce labor costs during the pandemic.

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April 16, 2020

New Jersey WARN Act COVID-19 Amendment: Pending Radical Expansion of the Law Delayed, and Exception for Disasters and National Emergencies Clarified

NJ employers contemplating reductions in force can breathe a little easier, at least for a time. A new law makes two critical changes to the provisions of NJ WARN in light of challenges employers face from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 16, 2020

Virginia Extends Restrictions on Nonessential Businesses

On April 15, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam extended Executive Order 53, which imposes restrictions on nonessential retail businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, for an additional two weeks.

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April 16, 2020

Significant New COVID-19 Health and Safety Requirements Imposed on Pennsylvania Businesses

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, M.D. issued an order on April 15 aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. The Order was immediately effective, but it will not be enforced until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2020.

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