Additional Guidance on FLSA, FMLA, and FFCRA

The US Department of Labor has announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how the requirements and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) impact the workplace as America continues to reopen from the coronavirus. The […]

New Initial UI Claimants to Receive Verification Call to Help Address Fraud

Beginning July 14, individuals who established an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits with the Vermont Department of Labor may receive a phone call to confirm their identity and intent to file. This extra step is being taken to protect Vermonters against fraudulent filers using their personal information. This type of “imposter fraud” has been […]

Updated Guidance on Reporting FFCRA Leave from the IRS

Notice 2020-54 provides guidance to employers on the requirement to report the amount of qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response.  Employers are required to report these amounts either on Form W-2, Box 14, or on a separate statement.  This required reporting provides employees […]

PPP Application Deadline to be Extended

Congress has passed and sent to the President legislation to extend the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program to August 8.  The previous deadline was June 30.  Approximately $130 billion remains available for loans under the program, after Congress acted earlier this year to replenish the program following the swift exhaustion of its initial […]

Roundup of IRS Guidance and Resources

The following are some resources and guidance recently released or updated by the IRS: Employers Who Have Received a PPP Loan May Defer Deposit and Payment of the Employer’s Share of Social Security Tax The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, enacted on June 5, amends section 2302 of the CARES Act. It strikes the rule […]

Scheduled Changes in UI Taxes and Benefits Triggered by Pre-COVID UI Trust Fund Growth Coming Up

Owing to strong growth in the UI Trust Fund balances last year, automatic reductions in UI tax rates and increases in benefits will take effect beginning July 1.  UI Reforms implemented in 2010 following the Fund’s collapse during the last recession included several new automatic adjustments to help keep the Fund’s balances from falling too […]

New FFCRA Tool from US Wage and Hour

The US Wage and Hour Department has launched a new online tool that guides workers through a series of questions to help them determine if they are eligible for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  As America continues to re-open, this tool is intended […]

Upcoming Webinars:  PPP Loan Forgiveness, Trade Issues

AIV’s national allies at NAM are helping present the following webinars that might be of interest to Vermont manufacturers and other businesses: Webinar on SBA tools for exporters and suppliers featuring the SBA’s Office of International Trade. June 9 at 1:00 pm.  Click here. Webinar on navigating PPP loan forgiveness. June 10 at 2:00 pm.  […]

Roundup of USDOL and OSHA Resources and Guidance

Federal Contractor Guidance The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has tools and guides to help federal contractors.  Click here. Paid Leave Compliance Assistance The Wage and Hour Division has guidance for employers on new paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Click here. Strengthen Your Workforce with Veterans The Veterans’ Employment […]