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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need To Know
Resources for legal guidance and information about the novel Coronavirus outbrake.

April 2, 20202 – The DOL issued new guidance for small businesses (businesses with less than 50 employees) to limit their obligations under the new paid leave laws.

Small Business Exemption.  Small businesses can now claim an exemption from the requirement that they provide paid leave for COVID-19 related child care (i.e., an employee who has a minor child home from school or day care due to closure related to COVID-19) by determining that it would jeopardize the business’s viability. 

Prepare Opinion Letter.  The DOL recommends that a small business claiming this exemption prepare an opinion letter with a specific explanations and examples showing how it would be jeopardized.  The opinion letter should not be submitted to the DOL, but should be kept on file and available for production if the DOL or state department of labor requests it.

Post FMLA Exemption Notice to Employees.  The DOL has also explained that even if you decide to claim the exemption, your business is still required under the FMLA to post and distribute a notice to employees.  The application of the FMLA is certainly new to small businesses, but the law requires that all covered employers post and distribute FMLA notices to employees.  That post and notice should explain why employees (who otherwise would be eligible for the emergency FMLA leave) are exempt.

Two Weeks Paid Sick Leave Still Must Be Provided.  The DOL guidance also made clear that small businesses are still required to provide up to two weeks of emergency paid sick leave.

April 1, 2020 – New forms and guidance issued by the IRS on claiming credits for emergency sick and FMLA paid leave benefits paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Act. CLICK HERE to download guidance notes from the IRS.

Recent Articles:

Coronavirus: Significant Tax Provisions in the CARES Act for Businesses & Individuals – March 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor FACT Sheet – Initial guidance in response to general questions posed by employers about the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

President Signs the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into Law– March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Impact on Moving People and Immigration – March 17, 2020

House Passes Coronavirus Bill with Immediate Impact on Employers Upon Enactment – March 16, 2020



(COVID-19): What Your Business Should Do Right Now
Presented on March 11, 2020 by the Legal Team at Baker Donelson

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This webinar will explain how you can safeguard your business from the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including:

  • COVID-19 medical facts, including risks, prevention, treatment and exposure
  • Employer perspective about the rights of employers and employees and business travel issues
  • Planning for a remote workforce: cybersecurity control considerations
  • Supply chain and other business transactions
  • Impact on mergers and acquisitions and financial disclosures for public companies
  • Potential insurance claims, including business interruption

What Actions Employers Should be Taking Now
Presented on March 11, 2020 by the Legal Team at Baker Donelson

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Helpful Links

New: Department of Labor Covid-19 and the American Workplace

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes data about the virus, situation updates, and information for travelers, businesses, and others.

World Health Organization: Provides up to date information about Covid-19

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This COVID-19 emergency notification includes information on travel advisories, safe travel tips, and emergency contact information for citizens outside of the country.

Heat Map: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource: Coronavirus COVID-19