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COVID-19 Updates from The Turner Agency

By March 26, 2020April 2nd, 2020Blog

We hope you are staying safe and practicing social distancing. Today, we are reaching out to offer some important information that may be beneficial to you and your business during this pandemic. The links are below.

Also, while we don’t usually mix politics with business, Ross Turner has just shared some important information about our state’s response to the coronavirus. If you are interested in reading this update, click here.

US Department of Labor (DOL) Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements –The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18, 2020, requires employers to provide paid leave to workers for certain purposes related to COVID-19. The Compliance Bulletin below contains guidance from the DOL about the new paid leave requirements.

Guidance on Coronavirus Disruptions to CMV Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration (FMCSA) is aware that disruptions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency are interfering with, and in some cases, may be preventing, employer and driver compliance with current drug and alcohol testing requirements. As a result, the agency has issued new guidance that will be in effect until May 30, 2020.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Questions and Answers -The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid LeaveEmployers with fewer than 500 employees may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This document provides the guidance.