COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resource Center

April 20, 2020

COVID-19: Proposed Changes to the PA Workers' Compensation Act

This past week, both the Pennsylvania House and Senate considered legislation to lower the burden of proof in COVID-19 cases for Pennsylvania's first responders. 1 Although unsuccessful to date, some members are proposing legislation for broader COVID-19 application to include employees of "essential businesses”. One example of the proposed...

April 20, 2020

COVID-19: PA Department of Health Issues New Worker Safety Order...

Effective 8 PM on April 19, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health implemented a new Order augmenting the safety precautions required by all life-sustaining businesses . There has been some...

April 17, 2020

OSHA Issues Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19

On April 10, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), 1 clarifying that confirmed...

April 16, 2020

COVID-19: FMCSA Provides New Guidance for SDLAs and Commercial...

On April 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an updated list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions that a State Driver...

April 16, 2020

COVID-19: New Jersey Senate Backs Bill to Expand Workers’...

As reported on www.nj.com , State Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced proposed legislation to remove the requirement that workers deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, and who...

April 09, 2020

COVID-19: PA Attorneys Offer Virtual Round Table Workers'...

C&W Attorneys Desinee R. Dwyer (Philadelphia) and Katherine E. Bavoso (Harrisburg) are holding private round table events via conference call to discuss COVID-19 and the impacts on workers’...

April 07, 2020

COVID-19: Supreme Court of Georgia Extends Judicial Emergency

On Tuesday April 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Harold D. Melton extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency which would have expired on April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. In...

April 06, 2020

Coronavirus Could Accelerate U.S. Cannabis Legalization

The current pandemic has Americans afraid, economically vulnerable, and turning to help from their government in record numbers. State and local governments have so far been up to the task, but as...

April 06, 2020

COVID-19: WV Supreme Court of Appeals Extends Judicial Emergency...

On April 2, 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia amended its previously entered Judicial Emergency Order to extend the operative time frame of the Order to May 1, 2020. In addition...

April 06, 2020

COVID-19: FMCSA Provides Relief for Expired CDL’s and Medical...

As we have previously reported, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a temporary waiver for some commercial vehicle drivers to address disruptions in licensing and other...

April 03, 2020

COVID-19: Temporary Rule - Small Employer Exemption Under FFCRA

In follow-up to our prior summary of the recently issued “Temporary Rule” by the Department of Labor, we are providing this outline of the Small Employer Exemption criteria. The FFCRA provided...

April 03, 2020

COVID-19: Temporary Rule - Hours and Wages Under FFCRA

In follow-up to our prior summary on the newly issued “Temporary Rule” by the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, please find a discussion of the newly created FFCRA “hours and wages”...

April 03, 2020

COVID-19: Temporary Rule - Intermittent Leave

In follow-up to our prior summary on the newly issued “Temporary Rule” by the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, please find a discussion of the newly created FFCRA “intermittent leave”...

April 03, 2020

COVID-19: FFCRA Guidance as DOL Issues Temporary Rule

The Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has issued a “Temporary Rule” providing additional guidance and definition to the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA). This rule went into effect...

April 01, 2020

COVID-19: Governor Suspends Portions of Section 413 of the...

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today suspended, at least temporarily, the need for an Affidavit when filing Form LIBC-751 “Notification of Suspension or Modification Pursuant to Sections 413(C)...

April 01, 2020

Recent Impact of COVID-19 on the Trucking Industry

COVID-19 has dramatically tightened the truckload capacity in the United States, but the federal and state governments are committed to keeping the supply chain moving. As spot market truckload...

March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Southern District of West Virginia Limits Court Operations

On March 23, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia issued General Order #3 that cancels jury matters and generally limits in-person court appearances between...

March 31, 2020

COVID-19: PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Posts New Online...

In the wake of COVID-19, the PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently posted some instructions on WCAIS to assist PA adjusters in filing forms: In alliance with the Governor’s objectives to...

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: FFCRA Enforcement

As we approach the effective date of the recently passed, Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), on April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor has provided some guidance and potential relief to...

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Unemployment Compensation Expansion Under CARES

Late last week, the President signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” commonly referred to as the “CARES.” While this law included unprecedented stimulus to a wide range...

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: The FFCRA Does Not Apply to Displaced Employees

This Wednesday, April 1, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act becomes effective. This legislation, provides, in part, for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave in...

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