Part 1 — Back to Work: Legal Considerations
Reopening requires more than just flipping the lights back on. Employment lawyer Anniken Davenport provides an overview of employment and labor laws your HR department and executives must take action on, as well as considerations for future shutdowns.
- Safety requirements for staff and customers that will create a socially distanced work environment, including the latest CDC, OSHA and EEOC guidance on opening
- Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act for those for whom the workplace may still carry risk due to pre-existing disabilities (diabetes, heart disease, immune disorders) or newly developed ones (PTSD, anxiety disorder, panic disorders)
- How to handle workers who REFUSE to return over supposed unsafe conditions
- Anticipating workplace union organizing and complying with the National Labor Relations Act
- How to handle telework continuation requests
- Rehiring furloughed employees who may be reluctant to return when they’re on enhanced unemployment benefits
- Families First Coronavirus Act, FMLA and paid leave rights and responsibilities for current and returning workers
- Mental health support to ease return
Part 2 — Processing Payroll, Taxes and Credits
Retaining staff and paying them promptly remains a top concern. In this hour, payroll and tax attorney Alice Gilman provides guidance on what resources to tap into legally, and what support lies ahead, including:
- Payroll updates for the second half of 2020 and the year ahead
- Revised Form 941 procedures for the remaining quarters
- How to apply for and use PPP loans, credits and corporate tax deductions to help meet payroll and other expenses
- Unemployment insurance – employer charging, alternatives, keeping a clean record
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