A new executive order prohibits Michigan employers from discharging, disciplining or otherwise retaliating against employees who stay home because they are at particular risk of infecting others with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Weekly unemployment benefits claims jumped to 6.6 million for March 23-27, double the figure for the previous week. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the unemployment rate will exceed 10% for the second quarter of 2020, and some analysts predict the figure will be closer to 15%.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosted a webinar providing valuable advice and answers to employers' Frequently Asked Questions concerning COVID-19 and compliance with federal antidiscrimination laws.
The IRS and DOL announced that small and midsize employers will be able to begin claiming two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse the cost of providing COVID-19-related leave to their employees.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has suspended the California WARN Act for however long California remains in a state of emergency for covered employers affected by a COVID-19-related plant closing, mass layoff or shutdown.
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