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COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: DOL Publishes Required Employer Notices & FAQs

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: DOL Publishes Employer Notices and FAQs The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law March 18th, 2020. Section 5103 of that Act states that within 7 days of the enactment, the Department of Labor would provide model notices for employers to communicate key provisions to employees.  Those notices are now available – one for the private sector and the other for federal workers:  Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Governor Wolf’s Closure Order

access_time Posted on: March 24th, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in PA to close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order was put in effect on Thursday, March 19th and updated on Saturday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 24. View Governor Wolf’s order HERE.View an updated list of industry subsections and groups that may or may not continue physical operations HERE. If you would like clarification on the closure order or assistance in completing a waiver, please contact a CGA Law Firm attorney (CGA attorneys).

COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

access_time Posted on: March 21st, 2020

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which provides free COVID-19 testing, increases Medicaid funding, and expands food security initiatives and support for those impacted by the COVID-19 public emergency.  The law also provides paid leave and enhances access to unemployment insurance for employees. The key provisions impacting employers are summarized below.   Emergency Paid Sick Leave ActThe section of the law entitled “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act,” requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave for absences related to COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. Covered Employers: Defined as private employers with fewer than 500 employees and government… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Available and Committed to Serving You

access_time Posted on: March 19th, 2020

Governor Wolf has ordered all non-life sustaining businesses to close their doors due to the increasing threat of COVID-19.  The CGA Law Firm locations may be physically closed, but our legal team of attorneys and paralegals are working remotely and will continue to answer your phone calls and emails. You have our assurance that we will continue to be responsive to your legal needs and assist you in navigating these difficult circumstances. We remain committed to providing excellent legal services and are using advanced technologies creatively to serve our clients and community. Click here for a list of CGA attorneys… read more »

COVID-19 Update: A Message to Our Clients and Friends

access_time Posted on: March 18th, 2020

Paragraph CGA Law Firm remains committed to providing exceptional legal services to individuals, businesses and local government. Despite the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to devote the resources necessary to provide the services that you need, while endeavoring to protect the personal safety of our clients, employees and the communities that we serve. CONTACT US – As always, our Legal Team remains available via telephone, email, and teleconferencing during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Telephone: 717-848-4900, Email: info@cgalaw.com. Many of us are working remotely when possible, but essential staff remain in the office. The firm… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Workplace Response to COVID-19/ Coronavirus

access_time Posted on: March 17th, 2020

As of this writing, the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. There are nearly 1700 cases in the US and 22 cases in Pennsylvania. That number is expected to continue to rise, particularly as testing protocols improve. On a local level, Pennsylvania has experienced multiple school and business closures, Maryland and Ohio have suspended public school classes, and in nearby Montgomery County all schools, gyms, and daycare centers have closed and officials are asking all non-essential businesses to offer paid sick leave and allow employees to work from home.  Nationally, numerous resorts, theme parks and cruise lines… read more »

Service Animals: Housing and Zoning Accommodations

access_time Posted on: October 25th, 2019

Article by: Attorney Christine Nentwig It has become increasingly common to see people accompanied by service or assistance animals in public places, including restaurants, shopping malls and airports.  Most service or assistance animals and the disabled individuals they serve are subject to broad protections with respect to both access to public places and housing under several federal (and many state) statutes. Service Animals and the Law The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to service dogs (and in some cases miniature horses) who have been trained to perform specific work or tasks for disabled persons.  The provision of emotional support, comfort,… read more »

Labor and Employment Law Seminar: Where Leadership and the Law Intersect

access_time Posted on: October 20th, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:30 am – 1:00 p.m. Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403 Please join attorneys Zachary Nahass and Christine Nentwig (Co-Chairs of Labor and Employment Law at CGA Law Firm) and Amy Lafko of Cairn Consulting. Solutions for a valuable and productive leadership seminar.This half day seminar will cover leadership techniques related to hiring, retention, and performance management that will build a culture of success and keep you compliant and out of the courtroom. The seminar will also feature a panel discussion with: Andrew Paxton , President and General Counsel, United Fiber & Data Pamela Funk , Director of Human Resources,… read more »

Who Let the Dogs … In? Accommodating Individuals with Assistance Animals in the Food Service Industry

access_time Posted on: October 15th, 2019

Article from the October 2019 Issue of the Pennsylvania Observer “So a man and a dog walk into a bar … ” What might sound to some like the start of an old­fashioned bar joke is no laughing matter for those with disabilities or the businesses required to accommodate them. Assistance animals are becoming increasingly common and may be referred to by varying terms, such as service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. The extent to which assistance animals are protected legally varies depending upon the animal’s purpose, species and training. Unfortunately, navigating these legal protections can be challenging,… read more »

DOL Opinion Letter Clarifies Designation of FMLA Leave Questions

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2019

Article by: Christine E. Nentwig, Esquire As many of you likely recall, following a Ninth Circuit decision in 2014 (Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc.), there was a question regarding whether an employee could choose to decline designation of a leave as FMLA, even if the leave was otherwise clearly qualifying. In that case, the court held that an employee could decline to use FMLA leave for qualifying time off. While in that case the holding was a “win” for the employer (since the case centered on the employee’s claim that even if she asked the employer not to designate… read more »