Dear Clients and Friends,
We hope you all remain safe and healthy. We are writing to provide you with additional information and resources regarding employer obligations in response to COVID-19:
- IRS: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted 66 very helpful FAQs regarding the tax credits available to fund the paid leave required under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FAQs are available here. If you have been wondering about what kind of “proof” you should require from employees seeking paid leave under the FFCRA, you’ll want to pay particular attention to Questions 44 – 46. As a reminder, the Department of Labor materials regarding the FFCRA paid leave benefits, including the FFCRA poster, FAQs, regulations, and a webinar, can be found here. The IRS has also posted FAQs, available here, regarding the Employee Retention Tax Credit available for eligible employers under the CARES Act.
- NHES: New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) issued notices this week requiring employers to inform separating employees in writing of their right to file for unemployment benefits and how to do so. While there is no specifically required pamphlet or notice, the information in the PDF we have attached to this email must be provided, and providing the PDF to separating employees would suffice. The information should be provided to any separating employee, whether the separation is temporary or permanent. According to NHES, the information may be provided by letter, email, text message, or flyer given or sent to the separating employee. NHES had to impose this new requirement on employers in order to qualify for federal assistance under the CARES Act.
- EEOC: Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released updated information regarding COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO laws. The updated information can be found here.
- CDC: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released updated interim guidance regarding critical infrastructure employees continuing to work following potential exposure to COVID-19. The updated guidance can be found here. Information on how to identify essential employees in the critical infrastructure workforce can be found here. As a reminder, general information from the CDC for all employers for responding to COVID-19 can be accessed here.
- NH DHHS: The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) has a very helpful COVID-19 resource page, available here. Be sure to check out the Resources & Guidance tab at the top of that web page for additional helpful information.
Stay safe and stay tuned!