Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the United States as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

USA: Time off for voting no longer required in Hawaii

Starting with the next election, Hawaii employers will no longer be required to provide employees two hours of time off to vote …

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USA: CDC Issues new relaxed guidelines for safety practices for essential workers potentially exposed to COVID-19

Although it is universally accepted that an isolation period of at least 14 days is necessary for anyone exposed to COVID-19, in the midst of the worst period of the pandemic, the CDC has relaxed its rules about isolation for “critical infrastructure workers” …

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USA: Booz Allen Hamilton pledges job security for employees through July 1

The Virginia-based consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has announced that it will be given job security to all 27,000 of its worldwide employees until July 1st 2020 …

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USA: Breastfeeding state laws

All US States, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, have laws in force that allow women to breastfeed in public or at work …

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USA: IRS warns of possible COVID-19 stimulus scams

Employers should be on their guard against a huge increase in criminal activity relating to the current health crisis …

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USA: DOL provides tips for respiratory protection during mask shortages

The US Department of Labor is responding to the shortage of disposable N95 filtering face masks by suggesting those previously required by employers to wear such masks should consider instead either the use of non-disposable, elastomeric respirators or powered air-purifying respirators …

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USA: Terminate or furlough

Companies will often be in two minds whether to terminate an employee, or put them on furlough …

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USA: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The US government is not following the lead of other countries by offering all employers wage subsidies in the form of grants …

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USA: Sick pay provisions in individual states for quarantine/isolation cases

In addition to federal sick pay provisions under the FFCRA, individual states have adopted their own measures, particularly for quarantine/isolation cases …

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USA: Employee rights

Although all employees coming under the definition of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the 500-employee threshold may now receive paid sick leave, expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) entitlement to extended family and medical leave is conditional on how much FMLA leave they received within the last 12 months …

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USA: Amazon hiring 100,000 new distribution workers

The online giant, Amazon, is hiring 100,000 new distribution workers to keep up with the online shopping surge caused by the health crisis …

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USA: IRS Sets March 31, 2020 deadline for 403(b) plan document compliance

Employers with 403(b) plans must amend them in line with IRS guidance by March 31st in order to retain their favourable tax status …

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USA: Coronavirus response act takes effect April 2

The Emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act has just become law …

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USA: Tax filing day moved from April 15 to July 15

The deadline for corporations and individuals to pay taxes is normally April 15th each year …

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USA: Governor Gavin Newsom issues stay at home order

The Californian State Governor, Gavin Newsom, has issued a “stay at home order” for the State’s 40 million population …

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