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Federal Judge Enjoins Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge enjoined enforcement of the Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.  The law, effective August 1, 2019, was scheduled to start being enforced by the City of Dallas on April 1, 2020.  Dallas’s law, similar to laws passed by the City of Austin and San Antonio, will now wait until the Texas...

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CARES Act Establishes Low Interest/Forgivable Loans For Small Businesses to Weather the COVID-19 Crisis

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act appropriated $2 Trillion to preserve and stimulate the U.S. economy during the Coronavirus crisis. In addition to important economic relief provided to individual tax payers and government backed loans and grants to especially hard...

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DOL Publishes Additional Guidance on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave

On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Field Assistance Bulletin and additional answers to what it anticipates are Frequently Asked Questions about the FFCRA’ s posting obligations. The Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-1 announced that the Department would take a nonenforcement position during the first 30 days when the Act is...

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Record 3.283 Million New Unemployment Claims; Texas Waives Waiting Period and Job Search Requirements for Unemployment

This morning the government reported a record number of new unemployment benefit claims: 3.283 Million new claims.  Meanwhile, based on directive from Governor Abbott last week, the Texas Workforce Commission Unemployment Division is waiving the seven day waiting period for receipt of unemployment benefits and temporarily suspending the work search requirements for unemployment eligibility.

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DOL Publishes Model FFCRA Notices

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provides emergency paid leave and expanded FMLA rights to employees of small and mid-sized employers requires covered employer to post notice of rights and responsibilities under the Act in the workplace.  The U.S. DOL has posted model posters employers can use and post in conspicuous places where employees...

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