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The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has released a Small Business Guide to the CARES Act. This guide contains useful links and information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Small Business Debt Relief Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and much more.
The Department of Labor issued regulations for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was effective April 1, 2020. The FFCRA contains two (2) sections—the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (E-FMLA), and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), and applies to all employers with fewer than 500 employees.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed by President rump on March 18, 2020. The Act contains two (2) sections —the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (E-FMLA), and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). The mandates created by this legislation apply to all employers with fewer than 500 employees.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Treasury Department, and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a joint notice (I.R. 2020-57) providing preliminary guidance for employers impacted by COVID-19 under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act).
The U.S. Department of Labor today released a workplace poster containing a list of employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act.
All employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to conspicuously post this notice in the workplace immediately. It is also recommended that covered employers immediately distribute a hard copy or electronic copy of the notice to all employees working remotely.
For the third consecutive day, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened the restrictions on employees who are allowed to report to the workplace.
Gov. Cuomo announced this morning at his daily press briefing that he will sign an executive order mandating 100% of New York's workforce stay home. The only exceptions to this mandate are employees of "essential businesses" as determined by the Empire State Development Corporation. The list can be found by clicking HERE, or visiting the ESDC website at: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026.
Gov. Cuomo stated that he is taking this drastic measure in response to the continuing spike in the number of Coronavirus cases in the state.
We'll update this post as additional information becomes available.
The Empire State Development Corporation released an updated list of “essential business” services as they relate to Gov. Cuomo’s revised Executive Order 202.6. (https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026). Please review the list and note the instructions to request an exemption to the restrictions at the end of this document.
The expanded list includes:
The New York State Senate and Assembly passed, and Gov. Cuomo signed a bill that provides protections for employees who are subject to mandatory or precautionary quarantine orders.
To address immediate needs of New Yorkers, “each employee who is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the department of health, local board of health, or any governmental entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19” will be provided with job-protected leave as follows: