It is safe to say that spring 2020 will not soon be forgotten. While the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news and the attention of federal and state governments alike, the Maryland General Assembly passed several new laws affecting the workplace.
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.
Two new City of Los Angeles ordinances that the mayor signed into law on May 4, 2020 will force employers in certain industries to rehire laid off or furloughed employees in a specified manner, rather than at the employer’s discretion.
The DOL recently issued new guidance to states on the Short-Time Compensation (STC) program provisions (also known as “work sharing” or “shared work”) in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act).
The UK government announced measures to help workers and employers, including a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This article - updated May 5, 2020 - summarises the grant, which is available to all UK employers, based on current guidance.