U.S. Department of Labor publishes poster and issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera extends Maryland state court closings to May 1, 2020. Click HERE for the Order.
SCHOOL CLOSING EXTENDED 4 WEEKS: State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon has announced that public schools will remain closed for an additional four weeks.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act LIVE Webinar. Friday, March 27th 10:00-10:30 am. Register HERE.
IRS issues press release on the immediate availability to businesses of the payroll tax credits intended to offset the cost of the new federal sick leave and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions. Click HERE for the full press release.
Governor Hogan issues the closure of all non-essential businesses in Maryland. Click HERE to learn more.
DLLR has provided guidance on how to notify the MD DLLR unemployment insurance division about mass layoffs per COMAR 09.32.02.06. The process for employers experiencing mass layoffs (25 or more employees) is to first send an email to a designated email address DLLR set up and then wait for DLLR to send a form back to the employer to fill out and turn in. Then, DLLR will start contacting the employees on the list submitted by the employer. The DLLR updated webpage can be found here: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex M. Azar has exercised his authority to waive sanctions and penalties against a covered hospital that does not comply with certain provisions of the HIPPA Privacy Rule. Click HERE for the full order.
President Donald Trump signed into law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act that includes provisions for free testing for Covid-19 and paid emergency leave. For an overview of the Act click HERE.
Maryland Legislature Passes COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 – The law allows part time workers to be treated as full time, extends unemployment benefits to workers who have been quarantined due to risk of exposure or to care of an infected relative and whose employers temporarily close and prohibits firing workers who are out due to the virus or are afraid about workplace safety. It will cut costs for screening tests, improve access to telehealth services, prohibit price gouging and make it illegal for an employer to fire a worker because he or she is quarantined among other measures. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Hogan tomorrow.
Resources for Businesses. The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Labor have compiled resources to help businesses whose daily operations are affected during the state of emergency. Members of the business community are encouraged to reach out with their questions by sending a message to Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov.