The pandemic’s initial origination in Asia provides an opportunity for western-based employers to anticipate where they might be in 6 weeks to 2 months and what they might anticipate as they prepare to manage their employees’ to return to the workplace.
On April 24, 2020, Michigan Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order extending her April 3, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Order through May 15, 2020, while providing rules for certain businesses permitted to resume operations.
On April 27, 2020, Colorado will enter a new phase in its fight against COVID-19, when the “Stay-at-Home” order issued by Governor Polis expires and is replaced by what the governor has labeled relaxed “Safer at Home” restrictions.
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.
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.
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.