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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 Enacts New Legislation Offering Additional Protection to Workers

When the Democrats took control of the General Assembly in addition to the governorship in the November 2019 election, many predicted an expansion of workers’ rights. That prediction was realized with the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session.

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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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April 16, 2020

CARES Act Offers New Incentives to Employers Considering Student-Loan Repayment Programs

The CARES Act included a variety of new provisions to help employers and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those provisions were two aimed at student-loan repayment.

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April 16, 2020

Canada: Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Expanded

The Government of Canada previously announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) would be available to support workers and businesses. On April 15, 2020, the prime minister announced that the eligibility rules will be expanded.

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April 16, 2020

Washington State Governor Issues Proclamation Granting “High-Risk” Employees Additional Protections

On April 13, 2020, Washington Governor Inslee issued a proclamation prohibiting employers from engaging in certain employment practices with respect to employees considered high-risk under the proclamation.

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April 16, 2020

New Wisconsin COVID-19 Law Includes Critical Employment Provisions

On April 15, 2020, the Wisconsin Senate convened for its first-ever virtual session to pass a COVID-19 relief package.

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April 15, 2020

Immigration Update During Pandemic: Visa Sanctions, Extensions of Nonimmigrant Status, and Visa Premium Processing

On April 10, 2020, the president issued a new memorandum, Memorandum on Visa Sanctions, focused on immigration compliance measures and enforcement.

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April 15, 2020

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Options for Texas Employers in the Face of COVID-19

As they struggle to stay afloat during this time of crisis, many employers are looking for legal, humane ways to cut costs, including in payroll and benefits. This article summarizes the current state of Texas law on these subjects.

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