COVID-19 UPDATE: COVID-RELATED TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2020

Sunday evening, the President signed the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) into law. This legislation includes the long-awaited COVID-19 economic relief measures, in addition to federal appropriations for fiscal year 2021. The CTRA includes a number of provisions affecting the workplace including important changes to the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response […]

COVID-19 UPDATE: RELIEF PACKAGE H.R. 133

On December 21, 2020, the United States Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) which includes the long-awaited COVID-19 Relief Package. The bill has been sent to President Trump for his signature. In addition to federal appropriations for fiscal year 2021, individual stimulus checks, extended federal unemployment benefits, rental assistance, an extension of […]

COVID-19 UPDATE: EEOC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON VACCINES

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its much-anticipated guidance about the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination and its interplay with various employment laws. The guidance consists of nine Questions and Answers, and can be found in Section K here. The Guidance generally confirms an employer’s ability to require its employees to […]

COVID-19: IOWA COMMISSIONER JOSEPH CORTESE POSTPONES IN PERSON HEARINGS UNTIL MARCH 19, 2021

On October 12, 2020, Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese extended the postponement of in-person hearings by the commission from November 21, 2020 to March 19, 2021. This order was expected and is a continuation of the previous order issued by the Commissioner at the start of the pandemic, but it has some far reaching and […]

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021, THE NEBRASKA MAXIMUM WEEKLY INCOME BENEFIT WILL BE $914.00

On January 1, 2021, the maximum weekly income benefit rate under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act will increase to $914.00. This amount will apply to work-related injuries and illnesses occurring on or after January 1, 2021. The new figure, $914.00, represents one hundred percent of the state wide average weekly wage (rounded to the nearest […]

IMPACT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 13950 ON CONTRACTOR DIVERSITY TRAINING

On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The EO aims to “promote unity in the Federal workplace, and combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.” The EO covers federal contractors, federal agencies, certain federal grant recipients and the military and applies to contracts entered […]
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