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New Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posters Published | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy The new poster for covered private sector employers related to leaves under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has been published by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor and is available here. The agency has also published a set of FAQs related to the notice,…

The New Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act… What You Need to Know | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law by President Trump late on March 18, 2020. Among other things, it temporarily expands the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and creates an additional paid leave of absence. This Alert only addresses private sector employers; federal, state, and local…

Employer Payroll Tax Credits Regarding COVID 19 | FFS Insights

Summary of Employer Payroll Tax Credits The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (“Coronavirus Act”) was signed into legislation on March 18, 2020.  Under the Coronavirus Act, employers are eligible for payroll tax credits in connection with providing paid leave to their employees. Specifically, the employer portion of Social Security tax may be reduced…

EEOC Updates Guidance for Employers Related to COVID-19 | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces federal non-discrimination laws, has issued two publications addressing employer obligations and restrictions in connection with pandemics. The first one, which was issued during the prior H1N1 outbreak, is still relevant. It can be accessed here. On March 18, 2020, the EEOC issued a…

California Employers Can Still Require Employees to Sign Arbitration Agreements…For Now | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor In October of 2019 Governor Newsom enacted a law that prohibits California employers from requiring their employees to enter into certain types of arbitration agreements.  Specifically, the law precludes employers from requiring, as a condition of employment, continued employment, or the receipt of any employment-related benefits, that any employee waive his…

Monetizing Your Intellectual Property | FFS Insights

by Mark B. Mizrahi You can appreciate the value of IP rights by looking at some of the most well-known and successful companies in the world, such as Samsung, Apple, Facebook, etc.  In many cases, the product, be it hardware, software, or a business method, can be easily replicated or reverse-engineered by any person with skill in a particular field.…

California Leads Nation in New Employment Laws for 2020 | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy Once again, California is on the leading edge of new laws designed to protect workers. Unless otherwise indicated, the following laws became effective January 1, 2020. Worker Classification AB 5, which adds new Labor Code section 2750.3, amends Labor Code section 3351 amends Unemployment Insurance Code sections 606.5 and 621, codifies…

Secure Act – Partial Elimination of Retirement Plan Stretch-Outs | FFS Insights

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” Act (“SECURE Act”), which became effective as of January 1, 2020. The SECURE Act made changes to the rules for making distributions from IRAs, ROTH IRAs, qualified retirement plans, and similar accounts (“Retirement Plans”), as briefly described below,…

Newsom Enacts Several Pieces of Legislation Impacting California Employers | FFS Insights

by Tal K. Taylor Governor Newsom just enacted several pieces of legislation that will impact many California employers, including banning mandatory arbitration agreements, expanding lactation accommodation requirements, and increasing the time employees have to file certain workplace complaints. Banning Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Beginning on January 1, 2020, employers will no longer be able to require…

The Ever-Changing Laws About Exempt Employees | FFS Insights

by Teresa R. Tracy THE NEW FLSA RULE ON EXEMPT STATUS: WHAT CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW Effective January 1, 2020, a new rule will become effective under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), revising the exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. It is estimated that 1.2 million currently exempt…

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