Paid Sick and Family Leave in the American Rescue Plan Act

By Sarah Stuart The American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March 2021, offers important changes to the implementation of FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)-like paid leave for COVID-19 related reasons.  The ARPA enables both public and private sector employers to voluntarily provide paid leave for COVID-19Read more

An Update on the American Rescue Plan Act

By Jennifer Shorb Hagerman The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) includes several key provisions that impact employers.  The following is a summary of those provisions, though the changes to the implementation of FFCRA-like paid leave for COVID-19 related reasons are discussed in a separate articleRead more

FFCRA and Unemployment Updates

Revised FFCRA Guidance Issued As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, employers are still grappling with the proper application of and compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which is currently in effect until December 31, 2020.  The Department of Labor has issued ongoingRead more

Unemployment and PPP Updates

Recalling Furloughed Employees and Unemployment Benefits: TN Return to Work by Sarah E. Stuart As many businesses in Tennessee begin the process of reopening, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“TDLWD”) has issued clarification on employees’ obligation to return to work if called back.  Subject toRead more

Unemployment and FFCRA Questions and Answers

Your Unemployment Questions Answered The employment group at Burch, Porter & Johnson has recently received a number of questions from clients—who are rightly concerned about the wellbeing of furloughed or laid-off employees during this uncertain time—about unemployment benefits in Tennessee, including questions about recent federal legislative effortsRead more

CARES Act Updates

Department of Labor Guidance on the CARES Act and Unemployment By Sarah E. Stuart and Jennifer S. Hagerman There has been an unprecedented demand on the unemployment insurance program due to the effects of COVID-19.  Since the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES)Read more

Coronavirus Update: Federal CARES Act

After a tense week of difficult negotiations, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is the third piece of federal legislation aimed at addressing the economic issuesRead more