Updating Handbook Policies in Light of COVID-19

As businesses look toward reopening to a new normal, now is a good time to review and update your employee handbooks. Specifically: • Teleworking is likely here to stay, so employers should implement teleworking policies to address issues regarding eligibility and approval, timekeeping, equipment, workers’ compensation, and more.   • Employers should review attendance and… More

New (Easier) Rules for Fluctuating Workweek

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a Final Rule – commonly referred to as the “Bonus Rule”– that clarifies how employers should calculate the overtime rate of an employee if that employer also provides employee with any bonus or other incentive-based pay under the fluctuating workweek method. Under the fluctuating workweek method, nonexempt… More

DOL Publishes New FMLA Forms and Seeks Public Input

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“DOL WHD”) recently issued revised model notices and forms for employer administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) plus a Request for Information soliciting feedback on potential changes to the Act. The revised forms and notices are for employees requesting and employers coordinating FMLA… More

VA Employers- Here’s the Latest on the Brand New COVID Safety Requirements

Effective July 27, 2020, Virginia has become the first state in the country to implement statewide workplace safety standards in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Standard”) was adopted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“VOSH”) to require employers to take affirmative steps to… More

When Do Closed Camps Count for FFCRA leave?

On June 26, 2020, the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“DOJ WHD”) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin providing guidance with respect to the use of leave afforded by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFRCA”) to care for children due to the closure, for COVID-19 related reasons, of summer camps, summer… More

DC- Minimum Wage Changes

On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia increased its minimum wage rate from $14.00 to $15.00 per hour for employees who do not receive gratuities and increased its minimum wage from $4.45 to $5.00 per hour for employees who do receive gratuities. As to the latter, it is very important to remember that the… More