The SESCO team is conferencing every morning to review and discuss the news and developments that will affect SESCO clients. As such, we urge you to monitor these series of alerts, potentially on a daily basis.
This general guidance is based on U.S. federal employment law and the current medical assessment of COVID-19, as of April 15, 2020. State and local laws may apply, and medical assessments may change, resulting in different conclusions.
Reopening a Business Without Opening Employer Liability
Employers face a myriad of issues in thinking through whether and how to reopen for business, or how to thoughtfully phase out furloughs or teleworking models currently in place for ongoing enterprises. While federal, state, and local authorities haggle over who will decide which businesses can reopen and under what circumstances, employers should start preparing now. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) have both released updated guidance regarding COVID-19 and its effects on workplace practices.
Click HERE To view the full recommendation
Reopening a Business Without Opening Employer Liability #2
Employers face a myriad of issues in thinking through whether and how to reopen for business, or how to thoughtfully phase out furloughs or teleworking models currently in place for ongoing enterprises. While federal, state, and local authorities haggle over who will decide which businesses can reopen and under what circumstances, employers should start preparing now.
Click HERE To view the full recommendation
COVID 19 Employer Frequently Asked Questions
SESCO Management Consultants has assembled a taskforce to address the many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The COVID-19 Taskforce has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which is continually updated as events warrant.
If employers have specific questions that reach beyond this general guidance or they wish to obtain a sample policy, we recommend they contact us at 423-764-4127 or email@example.com
To view full list of questions click HERE
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Employers Prepare to Provide Paid Sick Leave and FMLA under New Legislation
The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers. The leave provisions will go into effect on April 1, 2020.
To view the Updated Staff Recommendation click HERE
FFCRA Required Notices and Templates
To comply with the Families First Coronavirus Response, employers can find necessary notice and templates below:
- Employee FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Policy — Click HERE
- Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion Leave HERE
- Employee FMLA Request for Leave Form – Includes Child Care Click HERE
- Employee Rights: Required Federal Poster Click HERE
- Medical Examiner's Certification — Click HERE
- Staff Recommendation: Overview of FFCRA Documentation Requirements Click HERE
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, intended to stimulate the national economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides direct financial assistance to Americans, eases access to loans and other economic assistance to businesses of all sizes and provides aid and support to healthcare providers. The CARES Act does modify the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in several key ways. To view the entire article click HERE
Small Business Interruption Loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
What is this Program?
Under the Senate bill, the federal government will be allocating $349 billion to the Small Business Administration to guarantee loans to small businesses.
These are referred to “7(a) loans” because they are authorized by that section of the laws governing the SBA.
To view the entire article click HERE
COVID-19 General Other Resource Forms/Templates
SESCO Management Consultants has developed generic templates and forms that will assist with practical COVID-19 guidance. We are regularly updating this content as needed.
** Please note these are generic templates and are for informational purposes only. These documents are not intended to constitute legal advice nor do they create a client-consultant relationship between SESCO Management Consultants and any recipients. You should consult with SESCO Management Consultant on federal, state or local necessary customization for compliance. **
- Company Essential Business Designation Display — Click HERE
- COVID 19 Manager Talking Points — Click HERE
- COVID 19 Policy — Click HERE
- Employee Certification of Essential Business A — Click HERE
- Employee Certification of Essential Business B — Click HERE
- Employee Memo Coronavirus and Flu Prevention — Click HERE
- Infectious Diseases Policy Generic Sample — Click HERE
- Memo Temporary Suspension of Nonessential Business — Click HERE
- Memo Temporary Telecommuting Arrangements — Click HERE
- Notice of Reduction in Force Due to Coronavirus — Click HERE
- PPP Forgiveness Application and Instructions — Click HERE
- Notice of Temporary Layoff or Furlough Due to Coronavirus — Click HERE
- What You Should Know — Click HERE
Much of what an employer can and can’t do will be guided by guidance and directives issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We recommend employers review the following link:
SBA Business Continuity
The U.S. Small Business Administration has createdGuidance for Businesses and Employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).