On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Treasury Department to temporarily defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the employee’s share of Social Security taxes on wages or compensation paid by employers from September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Under IRS guidelines, required these deferred taxes to be repaid by additional withholding of the employee portion of Social Security Taxes between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. However, on December 27, 2020, President Trump signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, whereby affected individuals now have until December 31, 2021, instead of April 30, 2021, to repay the deferred taxes. For any employee that […]
As we’ve explored previously, COVID-19 has affected all aspects of business, from the top to the bottom and every level in between. One side of your business that you may find particularly impacted is HR. Listen as our expert panel discusses practical advice for handling HR challenges during COVID-19 from small and larger business owners. Julia Rendon-Reinhart, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, oversees legal aspects of Valero’s Human resources policies, discipline, litigation and immigration. She will be sharing her immense knowledge of human resources and how COVID-19 affects it. Ray Luna, Owner of Champion Glass for over 15 years, will be joining and sharing his knowledge and […]
As the nation begins to reopen businesses and employees return to the workplace, employers are facing many decisions regarding the safety of their employees, particularly those considered “high risk” for suffering the ill-effects of COVID-19. Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued new guidance for employers with “high risk” employees and about the use of face masks in the workplace. COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) As a best practice, the EEOC advises employers with on-site employees to provide the accommodations for an employee with a disability upon returning to the workplace: Employers can either (i) provide a […]
On June 15th, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the United States Supreme Court held Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against employees based on LGBT status. Most employers are familiar with Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex to mean an employer cannot discriminate against an employee based on gender (i.e. not hiring someone because they are female) or engage in or condone sexual harassment. In Bostock, Court determined in addition to biological sex, the word “sex” as used in Title VII extends to transgendered and homosexual individuals because by taking into account someone’s LGBT status, the employer is either penalizing someone for being […]
On May 12th, Rosenblatt Law Firm hosted an Expert Panel with James Rosenblatt, President of Rosenblatt Law Firm, Dr. Charles Lerner, Infectious Disease Specialist and Tom Cuthbert, Vistage Master Chair and CEO Coach, regarding how employers can prepare for a safe and mindful re-entry for their employees. For those who missed the webinar, or wish to review the discussion, the webinar in it’s entirety has been uploaded for viewing below.
In order to apply for loan forgiveness for loans provided by the Paycheck Protection Program, employers may use the form provided below. As always, the professionals at Rosenblatt Law Firm can be reached for questions and concerns regarding business law, employment law, and more.
As of April 1, 2020, the EEOC has released an updated guide with regards to the Federal Disability Discrimination Laws. The EEOC emphasized guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) may be followed without the risk of violating discrimination laws. While the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act still apply during these pandemic times, the EEOC has clarified Employers are allowed to do the following without violating discrimination laws: NEW EMPLOYEES: Employers may screen employees and new hires for Covid-19. E.g. Check their temperature; May delay start dates of new hires; Employers such as essential businesses may also screen job applicants for the virus after a conditional offer; […]
Businesses struggling to maintain employment during the COVID-19 outbreak are being offered relief in the form of the Paycheck Protection Program, headed by the Small Business Administration. The program offers loans to small businesses, and we at RLF would like to share a PDF version of the application. As always, our legal experts are available to answer your questions and concerns. Stay safe, San Antonio.
On March 17th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott waived the waiting-week time on Unemployment Benefits in response to the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on local businesses and their employees. This emergency change is intended to help those whose jobs are affected, or even lost, and provide them with relief from the sudden and widespread closures seen across the state. To see the full announcement, visit the link below. https://twc.texas.gov/news/twc-waives-certain-requirements-unemployment-benefits-services
Concerns regarding COVID-19 What international travel bans are currently in effect? The United States currently bans incoming travel by foreigners recently in China or Europe. U.S. citizens are also restricted from travel abroad by a growing list of countries instituting a global travel ban against foreigners. Although these lists may grow, the U.S.-Mexican border is not currently seeing COVID-19 related restrictions. However, international travel may be still not be advisable, even if technically possible. This advisory map is a good starting place, but be sure to double check the official U.S. country-specific pages as well before making decisions. Am I legally obligated to cancel domestic work travel? The short answer […]