Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #40 (the “Order’) provides guidance on whether a cloth covering or face mask (“mask”) is required in all New Hampshire workplaces and under what conditions, if any, an employer may allow an employee to work without a mask or face covering while at work.  The Order was issued on May 1, 2020 and remains in effect until May 31, 2020.  It applies to all businesses and organizations deemed “essential” and that remained open during the Governor’s “Stay at Home” orders, and also  to those businesses and organizations that are reopening all, or a portion, of their operations.
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires small and midsize businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees through two of its provisions: (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA); and (2) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Expanded FMLA). (For more information and model sick leave policies, please visit McLane Middleton’s Coronavirus Resource Center here).  Under FFRCA, employers subject to the EPSLA and Expanded FMLA paid leave requirements are entitled to fully refundable tax credits to cover the cost of the leave required to be paid to employees for those periods when they are unable to work.  Certain self-employed individuals in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits.Continue Reading Documentation Employers Need to Receive Tax Credits for FFCRA Paid Leave Benefits

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use on March 8, 2013.  Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they