Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Labor and Employment Update — Healthcare (CMS) and Large Employer (OSHA) Vaccine Mandates Back in Play in PA – Federal Contractor Mandate Still on Hold

access_time Posted on: December 18th, 2021

Following the vaccine mandates over the past several weeks has seemed more like calling play-by-play than monitoring legal developments – and so we again find ourselves sorting through multiple changes of possession and challenges.   To bring everyone up to date, the current state of play is as follows:   Healthcare (CMS) Mandate  Initially blocked in 10 states by a Missouri federal judge on November 29, 2021, then blocked nationwide by a Louisiana judge on November 30, 2021.   UPDATE: A Fifth Circuit ruling on December 15, 2021, upheld the Louisiana court’s injunction – but only as to the 14… read more »

Webinar: Vaccine Mandate Compliance

access_time Posted on: November 11th, 2021

The White House earlier today (November 4th, 2021) announced the release of: 1) OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to require workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly; 2) Vaccination requirements for healthcare workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid facilities; and 3) Extension of the deadline for federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated from December 8, 2021 to January 4, 2022.   Highlights of the nearly 500 page OSHA rule for large employers include: As of January 4, 2022: Employees must be vaccinated or be tested weekly – at their own expense;… read more »

Labor & Employment Update: Vaccine Mandate Rules

access_time Posted on: November 4th, 2021

Article Updated 11/10/2021. An update to this article can be found HERE. While the Fifth Circuit has issued a temporary stay on implementation of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard for large employers, this is not the final word.  The next step will be for the various lawsuits (there are others pending in the 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, and DC Circuits) to be consolidated and assigned to a single court of appeals – to be chosen by lottery (yes, you read that correctly…).  That process is likely to occur next week, but it may be months before we have a ruling –… read more »

UPDATE: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Policy Changes

access_time Posted on: September 17th, 2021

Small Business Owners and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every one of us—but perhaps none more so than small businesses owners. A May 2020 study, conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, reported that 42% of small business owners had to close their business as a result of the pandemic and that 62% of small businesses experienced a decrease in revenue. In November 2020, Vice President Harris acknowledged these bleak circumstances by confirming that one in four small businesses in the US have closed due to COVID-19. Over the last year and a half, the federal government has… read more »

CDC Issues New Eviction Moratorium, Limitations Apply

access_time Posted on: August 4th, 2021

The National Eviction Moratorium imposed by the Center for Disease Control in its September 4, 2020 Order expired as of July 31, 2021.  That Order provided protection from eviction for the nonpayment of rent to residential tenants, if they complied with the Order’s requirements.  On the evening of August 3, 2021, a new Order was issued by the CDC affecting residential evictions. The New Order is in effect until October 3, 2021 and applies to residential properties in counties that have a heightened level of community transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. CDC data on transmission rates can be… read more »

COVID and Child Custody

access_time Posted on: February 11th, 2021

            COVID-19 is not considered a reason to ignore the terms of the Pennsylvania child custody order.  As a general rule, the Pennsylvania courts are requiring parents with a child custody order to follow the schedule set forth in the order despite concerns that a parent might have to the child traveling back and forth between two households.  This is true even when the governor enters a stay-at-home order for non-essential activities.  Governor Wolf’s first stay at home order went into effect on April 1, 2020.  At that time, all Pennsylvanians were only allowed to leave their residences for essential activities.  In addition to buying food… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Gov. Wolf Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

access_time Posted on: September 13th, 2020

On September 1, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf signed a second renewal of the 90-day disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency was originally declared on March 6, and this action is the second 90-day extension. The declaration extends protections for individuals and businesses during the ongoing pandemic. Protections include additional unemployment compensation, restrictions on eviction, an extension of licensing, and benefits for care workers and others who provide life-sustaining services to children, senior citizens, and other vulnerable residents.Act 15 Provisions Extended. Also extended are the provisions of Act 15 of 2020, under which municipalities can continue to take steps to assure safety… read more »

COVID-19 Update: SBA Released FAQs Today Regarding PPP Loan Forgiveness

access_time Posted on: August 4th, 2020

The SBA just released additional guidance on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness in the form of Frequently Asked Questions and answers. The PPP resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, and will continue until August 8, 2020. The SBA will forgive loans if the funds are used for employee retention and eligible expenses.  FAQs about PPP Loan Forgiveness (8/4/2020) Loans used for payroll costs, rent, interest on mortgages, and utilities will be fully forgiven. (At least 60% of the forgiven loan must have been spent on payroll.) Other important details include: –    PPP loans have a 1% interest rate and payments will be… read more »

COVID-19 Update: YoCo Strong Restart Fund for Small Business & Nonprofit Support

access_time Posted on: July 30th, 2020

The York County Commissioners voted to use a portion of the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support YoCo Strong Restart Fund, a small business and nonprofit organization grant program. The County allocated $4 million for nonprofit organizations and $10 million for small businesses. Eligible organizations will receive grant funding between $10,000 to $35,000. Organizations are eligible if they have been negatively impacted by the COVID‐19 pandemic and meet any of the following criteria: Small business with less than 50 full‐time equivalent employees and gross revenues of $3 million or less for the 12‐month period.Restaurant with less… read more »

COVID-19 Update: $50 million to Reimburse Hazard Pay for Front Line Employees

access_time Posted on: July 22nd, 2020

$50 million in grant funding is available to assist employers in providing hazard pay to employees who are working in life-sustaining occupations during the pandemic. Hazard pay keeps essential employees working in vital Pennsylvania industry sectors. Hazard Pay Grant Funding Information on DCED Website This reimbursement-based grant is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is available to employers who will be offering hazard pay during the eligible program period. The grants are administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and will not exceed $3 million per business. Applicants eligible to apply… read more »