The Federal Vaccine Mandate
As states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, businesses are taking steps to return to a normal schedule and pattern of employment. While some employees welcome this opportunity, some employees will refuse to return to work, particularly if they are making more money through the coronavirus stimulus bill that currently provides an extra $600.00 per week paid by the federal government through July 31, plus expanded state unemployment benefits for up to 39 weeks.
On August 8th, President Trump signed an Executive Order to defer payroll tax obligations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This Executive Order directs the Treasury Department to defer the collection of the employee portion of Social Security FICA taxes from September 1st through the end of 2020. While this deferral will temporarily increase employee checks, the deferred taxes may have to be repaid unless Congress enacts legislation stating otherwise.
To request emergency paid sick or expanded FMLA leave as provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please fully complete the following request form and submit to your manager as soon as possible before leave commences. Verbal/phone notice will be accepted. Your manager will complete the form. However, you must provide the information and documentation needed and sign the form. A text message and photo of documents are fully acceptable.
As Businesses Re-open and Try to Return to Normal Operations…
Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) to provide forgivable loans to eligible businesses facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends a 14-day quarantine as the best way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, they have indicated that reducing the number of days quarantine can be applied in some cases. Click below for full details on the new guidelines.