Recent News and Updates
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, April 2, that Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, would sign an Amended Stay at Home Order to extend through 11:59 p.m. on May 1. The amended Order, which is effective immediately after its predecessor’s expiration, is largely the same as the state's previous stay-at-home order but is slightly expanded. All individuals currently living within Ohio are still ordered to stay at home or their place of residence, except as allowed in the Order. Leaving home for Essential Travel and Essential Activities as set forth in the Order is acceptable. Only Essential Businesses continue to be permitted to stay open. The CISA Guidance on Essential Infrastructure Workers’ definition of which workers are essential changed on March 28, 2020.
Ohio recently passed HB 197 to address the situation caused by the Coronavirus. We have provided a brief overview of ways the bill tried to provide help in a variety of areas of our lives that have been affected, including unemployment, health care, education, and taxation.
Employers with Solely Remote Workforces due to COVID-19 are Afforded Temporary Flexibility of Form I-9 Requirements
On March 20, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. The new provisions apply only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance, including a poster and FAQs, to assist both employers and employees in understanding the requirements of the Act.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act includes several elements intended to keep Americans engaged in the economy. It provides cash payments directly to individuals, expands unemployment benefits and changes the rules for student loans. A summary of those elements is set out in detail in the alert.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (often referred to as the stimulus package). Included in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package are provisions aimed at incentivizing businesses to retain workers despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we discuss two of those provisions, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
This afternoon, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote, with a formal signature by the President expected imminently. We address some of the key takeaways regarding retirement and health and welfare plans below. The most urgent item added by the CARES Act is likely to be the $100,000 distribution option from retirement plans.
Ohio's Stay at Home Order continues to raise questions as to the types of businesses that may remain open and the rules under which they must operate during the Ohio Order. It has become clear that authorities in different jurisdictions are taking differing approaches in responding to the Ohio Order. Our advice to businesses has three parts.
Ohio will pass a law today that mandates local county government offices necessary for the transfer of real property to remain open at least to real estate professionals during the COVID-19 emergency. This is an important step to keeping Ohio’s banking, lending, real estate, and general economy functioning. Counties may limit access and limit hours of operation, but they must keep these real estate services, deemed essential by the new law, open.
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in Coronavirus-related scams. We highlight some of the fraudulent activity as well as provide some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.