In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Federal Government of Canada has made changes to Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits and its Work-Sharing Program to assist eligible employers and employees.
Brazil declared a state of public disaster (Legislative Decree # 88/2020) on March 18, 2020, which will allow the government to spend beyond the annual budget to assist with health needs and to support employment.
Most employers are familiar with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and relevant state or local paid sick leave laws. But there are other, lesser-known laws potentially implicated amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Various agencies in Puerto Rico have issued guidance to clarify provisions in the recent Executive Order enacted to facilitate the private and public closings necessary to combat the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.