Be Prepared for Reopening Your Business with COVID-19 Policies in your Employment Handbook

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Recent changes in law and best practice guidance from the CDC and local authorities require employers to adopt written COVID-19 related policies before returning employees back to the office. For a fixed fee, we are offering the following: COVID-19 Package: COVID-19 plans and policies including: a general checklist for employers an infected employee response plan a […]


Karen Kalzer

US Supreme Court Recognizes Employment Rights Based on Same-Sex and Gender Identity Status

Employment

The Supreme Court of the United States announced its 6-3 decision today affirming that Title VII protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sex, and that basis includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The Court addressed three consolidated cases in which each of the complainants was terminated shortly after their same-sex orientation or transgender […]


Lauren Parris Watts

New Protections for High-Risk Employees

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Yesterday, Governor Inslee issued his newest COVID-19 related order – Proclamation 20-46: High Risk Employees – Workers’ Rights – protecting high risk employees (defined as older adults and people of any age who have certain chronic underlying health conditions) by requiring the following of all public and private employers in Washington State: Utilize all available […]


Onik'a Gilliam-Cathcart

EEOC Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on EEO Laws

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a FAQ regarding the impact of COVID-19 on equal employment opportunity laws enforced by the agency, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.  Below are some highlights: For purposes of protecting the rest of the workforce, what information may employers ask […]


Onik'a Gilliam-Cathcart

Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Regulations Filed

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

On April 2, the Secretary of Labor filed temporary regulations for the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Signed into law on March 18, FFCRA creates two new leave opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act […]


Karen Kalzer

Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) Loans Authorized Under the CARES Act to Faith Based Organizations

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Education, Employment

On Friday April 4, 2020, the Small Business Association (SBA) issued guidance regarding the availability of the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act to faith-based organizations.  That frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) sheet offers us some guidance and can be found here. The FAQ clarifies that religious entities […]


Taylie Riddle

COVID-19: IRS Issues Notice 2020-20 Postponing Filing and Payments of Federal Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Estate Planning and Probate

Notice 2020-20 (an update to Notice 2020-18) has now extended the due date for additional tax returns. Automatic Postponement of the Due Date for Filing Forms 709 and Making Payments of Federal Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax. The due date for filing Forms 709 (United States Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Return) and making payments […]


Karen Kalzer

New Families First Guidance from Department of Labor

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided additional information and guidance regarding the emergency leaves provided under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA).  The Q & A page that provides the guidance may be found at  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. The following are some highlights of the new guidance: The Emergency FMLA (EFMLA) is not in […]


Taylie Riddle

COVID-19: CARES Act and Retirement Relief

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Estate Planning and Probate, Taxation

The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief to those affected by the pandemic.  This blog post will focus on the provisions solely affecting retirement plans. Hardship Distributions:  The Act allows individuals affected by the virus to take early withdrawals of up to $100,000 from their retirement plans or IRAs, without incurring […]