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May 12, 2020

House Democrats Unveil “Phase 4” COVID-19 Relief Legislation, Including Expansion of Paid Sick and Family Leave, Hazard Pay, and Unemployment Benefits

On May 12, 2020, the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled its opening bid in the next round of COVID-19 response legislation.

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May 12, 2020

Proposed Amendments to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations are Released for Public Comment

With less than 8 months before benefits become available under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released proposed amendments to regulations previously finalized on July 1, 2019.

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May 12, 2020

Virginia Delays Phase One of its Business Reopening Plan in Northern Virginia Region, Richmond, and Accomack County

On May 12, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 62, delaying the implementation of Phase One of the Commonwealth’s three-phase reopening plan for the Northern Virginia Region until May 29, 2020.

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May 12, 2020

Puerto Rico: Deadlines to File Qualification Amendments are Extended due to COVID-19 Lockdown

Puerto Rico’s lockdown measures have affected deadlines imposed by government agencies, including deadlines imposed by the Puerto Rico Treasury Department.

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May 12, 2020

Canada: Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan Cannot be Used to Top up the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The federal government of Canada has clarified that the Employment Insurance rules allowing employers to make additional payments to workers through Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans do not apply to employees receiving the CERB.

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May 12, 2020

Employers Have Until August 4 to Implement New OFCCP Disability Self-Identification Form

On May 8, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget approved the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) updated form for prospective and current employees to voluntarily self-identify as an individual with a disability.

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May 12, 2020

Maryland Enacts Mandatory WARN Act Obligations for Even Small Job Actions

Maryland recently enacted amendments to its Economic Stabilization Act to require that an employer implementing a “reduction in operations” must provide 60 days’ advance notice and continuation of certain benefits.

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May 12, 2020

Despite Pandemic, Chicago’s Fair Workweek Ordinance to Take Effect as Scheduled

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, set to take effect on July 1, requires covered employers to provide advance notice of work schedules to their covered employees, and to pay additional wages if posted schedules are changed within a certain time period.

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May 11, 2020

Canada: Eligible High-Revenue Employers in Need of Significant Funds to Weather the COVID-19 Storm Can Soon Apply for Emergency Financing

On May 11, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that, as part of its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the federal government will establish the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program.

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May 11, 2020

Massachusetts Agency Provides Guidance on Unemployment Benefits for Returning Employees and Employers’ Obligations

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) recently issued new guidance for employers, addressing a number of questions related to the effect returning to work will have on employees’ unemployment benefits and employers’ obligations.

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