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May 12, 2020

Puerto Rico: Breach of Contract Claims in the COVID-19 Age and the “Force Majeure” Defense: Considerations for Employers

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc on industries and businesses around the world, disputes regarding breaches of contractual obligations are likely to increase.

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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

The Next Normal: A Littler Insight on Returning to Work – EEO Compliance

In the COVID-19 world we are in today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has established new rules to help employers slow the spread of this devastating virus.

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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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May 11, 2020

California Creates a Rebuttable Presumption that Certain Workers Who Report COVID-19 Illness Are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

On May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20, immediately creating a monumental change in how claims of industrially contracted COVID-19 suffered by the state’s “essential workforce” will be addressed.

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May 8, 2020

Final Title IX Regulations Adopt Sweeping Changes for Handling Sexual Harassment Claims at Institutions of Higher Education

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education (DOE) issued its Final Rule adopting amended regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).

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May 8, 2020

Michigan Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Through May 28, 2020, While Announcing a Phased Reopening of Businesses with the Manufacturing Sector Next to Open

On May 7, 2020, Michigan Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77, extending her April 3, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Order through May 28, 2020, while setting forth a plan to reopen the state in phases as part of the Michigan Safe Start Plan (SSP).

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May 8, 2020

IRS Reverses Course on Employee Retention Credit for Qualified Health Plan Expenses

The IRS has changed its position and will allow employers to receive a tax credit for paying health care plan premiums for employees on furlough.

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May 8, 2020

Reopening Rhode Island Phase 1: A Practical Guide for Employers

With Phase 1 of the “Reopening RI” framework set to commence on May 9, 2020, certain non-critical businesses will be able to resume operations.

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May 8, 2020

The Netherlands: Rehabilitation, COVID-19 and Wage Payment Rules

Restrictive COVID-19 measures are affecting the evaluation of employers’ rehabilitation efforts.

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