COVID-19 Paid Leave & EFMLA – Answering Employer Questions Webinar Recording & Slides

virtual event logoToday Greater Mankato Growth hosted a webinar titled COVID-19 Paid Leave & EFMLA – Answering Employer Questions. Below are links to the webinar recording as well as the slides. In addition, you can view full details of the event here.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slides

COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources

With COVID-19 hitting businesses tremendously hard, all levels of government and other organizations have made a number of financial resources for businesses available. Below is a comprehensive list of those resources with links to where you can learn more. Continue reading “COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources”

Paid Leave Flow Charts

aem-wfs-logo-6.8.35.12-003Our friends at Abdo, Eick and Meyers Workforce Solutions have created two great flowcharts to help businesses determine when and how to pay employees under the new paid leave programs in the Families First Coronavirus Response act and identifying how to calculate and apply for credits and refunds. Check them out!

US Department of Labor Guidance on Paid Leave

FromTheDomeThe US Department of Labor has issued preliminary guidance for employers and employees implementing the new paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. As a reminder, all employers with 500 or less employees must implement these new federally reimbursed paid leave programs by April 1. The US Internal Revenue Service has also issued preliminary guidance on reimbursement for these programs. Final guidance/forms are expected to be released this week.

IRS Provides Guidance for new Paid Leave Programs

FromTheDomeIncluded in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress was the establishment of two new paid leave programs impacting employers under 500. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued preliminary guidance for employers to implement these new programs. You can view this guidance here.

UPDATED: Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Key Provisions Impacting Employers

FromTheDomeUPDATED: The US Senate has passed an amended version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) with a bipartisan vote thus sending it to President Trump for his signature, who has indicated he will sign. Below is an update to the paid leave provisions contained in the final bill, which changed significantly from the bill originally passed by the House. 

The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, enhances Unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states. In addition, the legislation creates two new paid leave programs that every business under 500 employees and all government employers must implement for their employees 15 days after enactment. Below is a HR 6201 Summary of those new programs. Please don’t hesitate to contact Patrick Baker (pbaker@greatermankato.com) with any questions.

Our friends at Blethen | Berens have also created a summary of the new law you can access here.

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Workplace Mandate Bills Under Consideration at Legislature

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature is considering a series of bills that would mandate that employers provide certain benefits to their employees. These proposals include state-mandated paid time off policies, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage, and predictive scheduling. The Legislature will begin hearings on these bills this week. Businesses are encouraged to weigh in with our legislators with their thoughts on these issues. Additional details on the proposals under consideration and how to contact your legislators follows. Continue reading “Workplace Mandate Bills Under Consideration at Legislature”