Compliance Updates

Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines
A detailed guide from the CDC on which groups will have access to the vaccine in Phase 1b and 1c and the considerations that formed its decisions.

On Demand Webinar: Can employers make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory?
Higginbotham's compliance expert answers this question in a 15-minute quick-hit.

NY Federal Court Partially Vacates FFCRA Leave Regulations
A summary of the DOL's provisions that were struck down in the FFCRA leave rules.

DOL Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus
OSHA's two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees.

Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Changes and Leftover FSA Funds
Guidance from the IRS providing temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020.  

EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19
Collection of EEO-1 Component 1 information is delayed until 2021.

Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown
The CDC and White House issue early guidance for reopening businesses.

OSHA Considers Employers' Good Faith Efforts When Enforcing Compliance During Coronavirus Pandemic
Interim guidance advising compliance safety and health officers to evaluate an employer’s good faith efforts to comply with safety and health standards.

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws
An updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Flowcharts
Simple diagrams to help employers determine when the EFMLEA and EPSL apply.

Paid Leave and Tax Credit Update, CARES Act Adds Employee Benefit Mandates
FAQs on paid leave under the FFCRA, payroll tax credits and additional legislation impacting employer-sponsored benefit plans.

DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Paid Leave Under FFCRA
Guidance includes a required employee rights notice and addresses whether a business closing due to an ordinance is required to offer paid leave.

DOL Issues First Round of Guidance on Paid Leave and EFMLEA
It addresses how employers count employees, how small businesses obtain exemptions, how to count hours for part-timers and how to calculate wages.

OSHA Guidance on COVID-19
Interim guidance on COVID-19 for employers subject to OSHA standards.

EEOC to Hold COVID-19 Webinar, DOL Seeking Employer Input on Paid Leave
Watch the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission webinar March 27, and submit FFCRA questions to the DOL.

What are Essential Businesses?
Guidance for determining whether your business is "essential" amid restrictions placed on "nonessential" businesses by municipalities.

Coronavirus Relief Law Requires Paid Employee Leave
A video explaining the two types of paid employee leave: sick leave and expanded FMLA leave.  

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The House's emergency paid sick leave law explained.

Coronavirus Costs Covered by HDHPs
IRS guidance on coronavirus testing and treatment reimbursement.

Coronavirus and the Workplace
This edition of our monthly newsletter outlines compliance issues for employers in light of the outbreak.