The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued numerous directives in March and April 2020 related to COVID-19. These include Interim Guidances about protections that should be used for employees that have a higher risk level of occupational exposure by
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Within the last two weeks, many laws, orders and guidance have been approved and published regarding the administration of unemployment and employee financial relief. We discuss below the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) guidance providing clarity to states on how
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HSB’s Employment Law team continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Carolina employers. Please join us for a webinar on April 22nd, from 12-1 PM, where Chris Gantt-SorensonPerry MacLennan and Demetrius Pyburn will provide
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Businesses operating on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic must take extra precautions to ensure they are not subjecting their employees and others on-site to an outbreak that can be avoided by reasonable protections.  Business must, therefore, ensure their employees are either
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Final Rule regarding the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) effective April 6, 2020, through December 31, 2020, although operational April 1, 2020.

The Rule clarifies the
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On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a historic $2 trillion stimulus package to provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses.

Importantly for employers, a key provision in the CARES Act is
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued two Model Notice Posters and additional FFCRA enforcement guidance on March 25, 2020. The Model Notices as well as Fact Sheets, and Questions and Answers for Employers on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
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The Treasury, IRS and Department of Labor issued a joint announcement that small and midsize employers can take advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to reimburse them for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
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