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As the UK Government works through its phased COVID-19 recovery strategy and lockdown restrictions are progressively eased, employers in the United Kingdom are contemplating the implications of returning staff to the workplace. In this article, we address some of the key issues for employers to consider, with a particular focus on the UK Government’s “Covid-secure” […]

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The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury issued a second set of answers to frequently asked questions. The tri-agency FAQs (Part 43) clarify important health and welfare provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which became law on March 18, 2020, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) […]

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Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are thinking about returning to work and what this will look like in practice. While it will not be business as usual, this article highlights how employers can prepare their workplaces and navigate safety mandates and recommendations. Access the full article.

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While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not released specific standards covering COVID-19, Michelle Strowhiro, a partner in the Los Angeles office of McDermott Will & Emery, is quoted in a recent ABA Journal article saying that employers could face risks under Occupational Safety and Health Act’s general duty clause if they don’t […]

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The US Department of the Treasury has released long-expected proposed regulations regarding the section 4960 excise tax on certain remuneration or separation amounts paid to the five highest paid employees of a tax-exempt organization. The new proposed regulations continue the tough approach previously taken on section 4960 issues, while also providing some new exceptions and important clarifications.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/treasury-irs-release-proposed-regulations-on-section-4960-excise-tax/

The success of remote working arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic has made more employers interested in hiring out-of-state workers. In a recent article, Michelle Strowhiro, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Employment Practice Group, explained how relaxed labor laws in other states could also be a draw for employers.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/more-remote-work-could-mean-more-out-of-state-employees/

On Monday, June 15, 2020, the US Supreme Court held in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender, gay and lesbian employees (and prospective employees) from workplace discrimination based on sex. This means that the protective authority of Title VII for LGBTQ individuals generally extends to employer-sponsored healthcare benefits.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/lgbtq-title-vii-ruling-may-impact-your-employee-benefit-plan/

Employers are poised to collect health data from their workforces daily as they adopt temperature checks and other screening protocols to fight the coronavirus, triggering concerns about workers’ privacy and whether the practices will continue beyond the pandemic.

“The temperature checks give employees and customers the feeling of safety and the idea that the company is doing everything possible, even if the screenings don’t protect the workplace,” said Michael Sheehan, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery, in a recent Bloomberg Law article.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/worker-safety-privacy-clash-as-temperature-checks-become-norm/

Under the recently published final rule issued by the US Department of Labor, retirement plan administrators can choose to deliver required disclosures electronically by complying with the conditions of a new safe harbor. The final rule represents an opportunity for retirement plans to save costs and enhance participant access to disclosure documents.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/dol-issues-final-electronic-disclosure-rule-for-retirement-plans/

In the UK, changes in restrictions will see non-essential shops opening and many workers hesitantly going back into offices even though they could work from home. Government focus has therefore started to shift to the “re-opening” of business.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2020/06/the-month-of-change-june-ushers-in-the-new-normal-in-the-united-kingdom/