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Understanding Paid Sick Leave Tax Credits for Employers

[TAX LAW] The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes both the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, which provides for paid sick leave, as well as the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which provides for expanded paid leave.  The Act provides employers relief in the form of tax credits to offset the cost of wages.

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DOL seeks public input on Family First Coronavirus Response Act

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) reached out on Monday seeking pubic input on how to implement The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Input in open March 23 through March 29.

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Oklahoma Governor Announcement: Healthcare occupational licenses extended during the emergency

[HEALTHCARE LAW] Governor Stitt issued Amended Executive Order 220-7 which provided additional responses to the current pandemic.  The Order offers a grace period by providing the following guidance to providers with state licensure issues to all 77 counties and positions.

Potential Legal Recourse for COVID-19 Losses

Potential Legal Recourse for COVID-19 Losses

[BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING] The continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic is causing significant disruption to business operations. Recent restrictions on operations is likely to further cause various businesses to lack the financial capabilities to meet ongoing obligations.  Such business may have various contractual and legal rights that may serve to ease their financial pain.

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Disaster Loan Info: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs

[THIS ARTICLE IS OUT OF DATE. PLEASE SEE UPDATED INFORMATION HERE.]   By Phillips Murrah attorney Kendra M. Norman SBA Loans The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has several lending programs. A full list of the loan programs offered by the SBA and eligibility requirements can be found here, however its main programs are as […]

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(UPDATE Mar19) Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Employers Must Provide Paid Leave To Employees Impacted by COVID-19

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. It applies to all private employers with fewer than 500 employers.  Paid sick time will be permitted to employees regardless of tenure, while employees with at least 30 days on the job will be eligible for the amended FMLA leave connected to the coronavirus.

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President Signs Amended Coronavirus Response Act Providing Paid Sick Leave to Eligible Employees

By Lauren Barghols Hanna On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. It applies to all private employers with fewer than 500 employers.  Paid sick time will be permitted to employees regardless of tenure, while employees with at least 30 days on the job will be eligible for the […]

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Can Employers Take an Employee’s Temperature and Other COVID-19 Questions

By Lauren Symcox Voth EEOC Publishes Guidance on Pandemic Preparedness The World Heath Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 an international pandemic and as a result the Federal, Local, and State governments have declared a state of emergency across the country. Employers have received guidance from multiple sources about what to do next.  In light of […]

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House Sends Amended Coronavirus Response Act to Senate with Significantly Reduced Employee Paid Leave Protections – Vote Expected Today

By Lauren Barghols Hanna Late last evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, originally passed by the House on Saturday.  Although the amended bill was labeled as “technical corrections,” it makes broad substantive changes to the paid leave protections originally provided to employees. Some provisions […]

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Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Employers Must Prepare for Potential Paid Leave Obligations

By Lauren Barghols Hanna As of publication, there are 167,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 135 countries around the world, with the United States currently confirming more than 3,000 cases.  On Friday, President Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to this pandemic.  In response, […]

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Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Brief Overview of Employer-Paid Sick Leave Obligations

By Lauren Barghols Hanna As of publication, there are 167,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 135 countries around the world, with the United States currently confirming more than 3,000 cases.  On Friday, President Trump declared a national state of emergency.  In response, the Department of Labor issued […]

Medicare Reimbursement Actions by the Government: Relief for Providers?

This article was originally published in the American Bar Association’s Health eSource newsletter in February 2020. By Mary Holloway Richard, Phillips Murrah, and Anna Stewart Whites, Attorney at Law, Frankfort, KY The tension between the government’s need to ensure appropriate use of Medicare funds and the need of providers to receive reasonable compensation for services […]

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Banks may be liable for negligent transfer of hacked accounts

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 9, 2020. By Justin G. Bates, Phillips Murrah Attorney When asked by a reporter why he robs banks, notorious criminal “Slick Willie” Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” While banks still have the money, the nature of the crime has evolved with technology. […]