Required COVID-19 employment laws for related staff time off have changed AGAIN.
The expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) laws and an extension of related tax credits are driving these changes. So, what laws are you required to comply with in 2021 if your staff needs to take time off due to COVID-19?
It is critical that you correctly handle employee leave requests due to COVID-19 hardships (i.e. children out of school, caring for infected family members, recovering themselves from the virus, etc.). Failing to do so can get you audited by the Department of Labor (DOL) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and make you ineligible to take advantage of the available tax credits.
The good news is you don’t have to figure this out on your own. Employment law attorney, Jonathan R. Mook, JD is presenting an online training session that will provide you with a step-by-step roadmap of EXACTLY how you can comply with employee COVID-19 leave obligations. During this training, Jonathan will break down required statutes into easy-to-understand pieces, walk you through how to protect your practice with documentation, and how to effectively communicate your policy changes to your staff.
Here are just some of the COVID-19 related employee time off questions you’ll get answered when you attend this 60-minute attorney-led training:
- How should you handle time off for those seeking testing or caring for family members?
- What entitlements do your employees get under the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)?
- What rules apply to leave as an ADA (American with Disabilities Act) accommodation?
- How can you specifically determine when and if COVID-19 is an ADA disability?
- How can you access available tax credits for your employees’ paid leave?
- If an employee took COVID-19 paid time off last year, are they still eligible this year?
- What is the relationship between COVID-19 paid leave and FMLA or ADA leave?
- Are you required to pay employees for time off at the full rate of pay?
- Are you required to bring an employee back after extended COVID-19 related leave?
- How much time off (paid or unpaid) should an employee be allowed to take?
- What role does recordkeeping play in keeping your practice violation-free?
- How does unpaid leave work with the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) paid leave?
- Can you apply COVID-19 leave taken to employee vacation or other paid-time-off balances?
- What documentation can you ask for from employees to justify their time off requests?
- Can you authorize paid time off differently based on an employee’s position and/or performance?
- How should you amend your COVID-19 policies to align with new changes in paid-time-off leave?
- And so much more…
Even innocent employment law compliance mistakes can get you audited and lead to hefty violation penalties. By attending this upcoming live online training, you’ll get clear answers to your COVID-19 employee time off questions and walk away with a plan to help ensure your practice is compliant with these complex rules.
Don’t wait another minute! Sign up for this online training today to ensure your practice is compliant with all current COVID-19 leave policies and procedures and that you are able to take advantage of all possible tax credits. Access to this online session is limited to ensure Jonathan can answer all your COVID-19 time off-related questions. Sign up today. 2021 COVID-19 employment policy PTO laws.
Jonathan R. Mook, JD, is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises: Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities, both published by LexisNexis. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts and business disputes.
Mr. Mook frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. Mr. Mook is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. He also is a co-editor of the Mid-Atlantic Employment Law Letter and is a regular contributor to several legal publications. He is included in Best Lawyers in America (2020 ed.) for employment law.
Mr. Mook is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and has been a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
I liked that the webinar provided reference handouts, covered all of the necessary info, and left additional time dedicated for questions.