The COVID-19 pandemic has presented countless challenges to employers across all industries for well over a year now, as rules and guidance from state and federal agencies continue to develop – and change. These changes have left many questions unanswered; however, we have definitive instructions now regarding employers with federal contracts.
We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.
As we finally closed out 2020, the required leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) also came to a close. However, the Department of Labor issued two new FAQ’s on its website (FAQ 104 and 105), clarifying that if an employee has not exhausted their FFCRA leave prior to January 1, 2021, a covered employer may elect to voluntarily extend the employee’s deadline to do so through March 31, 2021.
As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reduced the recommended duration of quarantine periods for casual COVID-19 exposures, from 14 days to 7-10 days.
As we near the end of October, Illinois employers are reminded to submit their 2019 “final judgment” disclosures to the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) by October 31, 2020. This report must include all “adverse judgments” between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.