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USDOL Revises FFCRA Regulations And Clarifies Employer Responsibilities

On September 11, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised Regulations for the paid sick leave and expanded family leave provisions of t...

09/16/2020

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EEOC Updates COVID Questions & Answers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an update to “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation...

09/15/2020

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As Schools Reopen, USDOL Answers Questions About Eligibility For FFCRA Paid Leave

On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for workers and ...

08/31/2020

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Timekeeping and Teleworking During the Pandemic and Beyond

With telework arrangements expanding rapidly in response to the coronavirus pandemic, this week the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Div...

08/27/2020

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Georgia Businesses Get COVID-19 Liability Protection

The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (GCPBSA) is now in effect and protects businesses and individuals in many circumstances from COVID-1...

08/07/2020

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Understanding The Legal Rights Of Pregnant Workers Generally And During The COVID 19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create hardships and safety concerns for all workers, pregnant employees and new mothers may face additional cha...

08/06/2020

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What Should An Employer Do When An Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in the United States and, as a result, more employers are dealing with employees testing positive for the corona...

08/06/2020

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Employer Considerations As Schools Reopen

As summer comes to a close, school districts across the country are grappling with how to re-open and get back to the business of teaching while keepi...

07/29/2020

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Governor Kemp’s Latest Executive Order Mandates Rules for Many Businesses

By now, just about everyone has heard the radio and television sound bites about Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issuing an executive order that precludes...

07/20/2020

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COVID-19 Is Here To Stay: What Every Employee Needs To Know

We have now entered our fifth month living with the Coronavirus Pandemic and although we had hoped that by now we would be well on our way back to som...

07/13/2020

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USDOL Guidance On Summer Child Care And The FFCRA

On June 26, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) issued further guidance regarding when an employee may take leave under the Family Fir...

06/30/2020

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will implement substantial changes to the Paycheck Prot...

06/16/2020

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Updated Advice For Employers From EEOC During These Unprecedented Times

Be Vigilant in Avoiding Age Discrimination Even If You Have Good Intentions. In the latest round of updates to its FAQs about COVID-19, the EEOC speci...

06/15/2020

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ADA And Mandatory Masks For Employees And Customers

Reopening businesses face many difficult questions, one of which concerns whether or not to require employees and customers to wear protective face co...

06/08/2020

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Summer Child Care And The FFCRA

As businesses plan their re-openings, many employers are trying to determine how to handle employee requests for leave under the Families First Corona...

05/29/2020

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The Summer-time Child Care Blues

As businesses plan their re-openings in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are a parent, you are most likely facing the grim reality that despi...

05/28/2020

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Contact Tracing In The Workplace

One of the most challenging parts of reopening a business is encountering a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among your employees and attemptin...

05/28/2020

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Unemployed Georgians Can Get Increased Benefits Through the Georgia DOL

Over the last several months the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has updated its systems to distribute federal unemployment funds as part of the CA...

05/20/2020

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The EEOC Chimes In About Handling At-Risk Employees Returning To Work

Recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on what employers should do to accommodate workers who may be vulnerable to COVID-19 rais...

05/19/2020

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Issues Employers Must Consider Before Reopening In This Pandemic

As America begins the process of trying to reopen, employers must start planning the return to more normal operations.  Below are some of the mos...

05/18/2020

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Returning Employees To Work Following Unemployment

With the enactment of the CARES Act, employees who are not working due to the pandemic are entitled to receive their normal state-sponsored unemployme...

05/15/2020

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Georgia Governor’s Back-To-Business Order

On April 24, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued a detailed executive order to provide substantive details for businesses to use as they begin to re-open...

04/27/2020

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What Employers Need To Know About Georgia Allowing Reopening Of Businesses

On April 20, 2020, 18 days after issuing a shelter in place Executive Order, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued another Executive Order allowing most ...

04/22/2020

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5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace According To CDC’S Latest Guidance

The Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) just released guidance to assist employers in making decisions regarding reopening during the CO...

04/22/2020

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How to Handle a Confirmed Case of COVID19 When Your Business Reopens

If you are contemplating reopening your business in Georgia, you must be ready to face the very real likelihood of COVID-19 in your workplace. With no...

04/22/2020

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Employer Recordkeeping Guidance From OSHA For COVID-19 Cases

The biggest trend we are seeing on the COVID-19 front this week is that those Employers that are continuing to operate are now being faced with employ...

04/14/2020

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You Still Have Questions? The DOL Has More Answers

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a 124-page document full of regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and the paid leave p...

04/03/2020

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Documenting Employee Leave For FFCRA And Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service has now provided an initial guidance document to assist small- and medium-sized businesses regarding the process for defr...

04/03/2020

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What Employees Need To Know About Returning To Work During The Pandemic

After weeks of social distancing and working from home, the push to reopen the economy is accelerating, and Georgia appears to be leading the charge. ...

04/30/2020

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March 27, 2020

It has been a week of significant changes. Schwartz Rollins is committed to helping both Employers and Employees in what's become the New Normal.

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The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Plan for Small and Medium Sized Business

The most significant provision of the CARES Act (which still has to be passed by the House)for employers provides for “paycheck protecti...

03/27/2020

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affects You As An Employee

We recognize that at least in Georgia, most employees have been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 coronavirus, whether it is by being asked to work...

03/30/2020

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COVID-19 Update for Employers March 26, 2020

The Senate passed a bill late last evening to deliver $2 trillion in government relief to a nation increasingly under lockdown, watching nervously as ...

03/26/2020

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USDOL: Straightforward Facts About Expanded Family And Medical Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for ...

03/26/2020

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Georgia’s Unemployment Rules Have Changed

This article covers the new Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) rules for unemployment benefits for both Employers and Employees in effect as of March ...

03/19/2020

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Congress passes and the president signs a coronavirus law that is less burdensome to employers than originally proposed. On Monday night House lawmake...

03/19/2020

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Q & A About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

The EEOC enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, including the req...

03/19/2020