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U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Regulations

Yesterday, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule regarding the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The regulations created under the rule reaffirm prior DOL guidance and provide clarity regarding a number of outstanding questions. The full 124-page text of the regulations can be found here (set to be officially published on April 6, 2020). Pertinent information contained in the regulations is outlined below.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Key Small Business Provisions Fact Sheet

The bipartisan legislation—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—designed to pump $2 trillion into the U.S. economy to help millions of American workers and businesses survive the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic gripping the country has been passed in the Senate and House. 

Small Business Compliance with Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21

Effective Tuesday March 24, 12:01 am, employers with certain exceptions, were ordered by Governor Whitmer to cease all operations that cannot be performed by employees working remotely from their homes. Following are the obligations for business in Michigan. We have heard from many members that they are thinking of staying open.  We understand this instinct, but we also understand the Governor’s EO.  If you are thinking of staying open, please use this simple exercise when making that decision.

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