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Labor and Employment Virtual Spring Seminar: 2021 Public Sector Legal Update

Join us as we take our annual public sector seminar virtual! During the month of May, we will host a series of CLE webinars featuring timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting public sector employers. We invite you to register for any of the complimentary webinars listed below: Brave New World: Returning to the Office in a Post-Pandemic Environment Date/Time: May 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM –...

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ARPA Extends Certain Paid Leave Tax Credits and FICA Tax Relief for Certain Governmental Employers, Including School Districts

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which was signed into law last month by President Biden, brought about many changes as part of its $1.9 trillion legislation.  One significant impact of the ARPA was the expansion of eligibility for tax credits to certain governmental employers that voluntarily provide qualifying paid sick and family leave to employees. Last year, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act...

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Governor Signs New Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions from Immunization Requirements

On April 28, 2021, Governor Lamont signed into law House Bill 6423, An Act Concerning Immunizations, which took effect the same day.  The new law modifies an existing law, Section 10-204a of the Connecticut General Statutes, which had allowed students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade to be exempt from statutory immunization requirements based on religious beliefs.  In signing this law, Connecticut joins a handful of...

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What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, by President Joseph Biden.  The ARPA makes several important changes to the benefits first created in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These changes become effective April 1, 2021, and employers must determine how the ARPA affects their business or organization, whether they will voluntarily extend FFCRA leave to their employees...

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Big Changes and Little Guidance So Far in New COBRA Law

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides for a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for “assistance eligible individuals,” for the period from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021. During this six-month time period, group health plans must treat an assistance eligible individual as having paid the full amount of premiums for COBRA coverage.[1] Note that the COBRA premium assistance ends when the assistance eligible...

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Tax and Employee Benefits Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (“ARPA”).  This Alert will summarize the significant tax and employee benefit provisions that are contained in ARPA. Recovery Rebates to Individuals ARPA enacted new Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) Section 6428B, which provides individuals with a $1,400 recovery rebate credit ($2,800 for married taxpayers filing jointly) plus $1,400 for...

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Connecticut Remote Worker Tax Relief for 2020 Is Now Law

On March 4, 2021, Governor Lamont signed H.B. 6516, An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences from Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tired Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program. This new law allows Connecticut residents to take credits for income taxes paid to another state that has either a convenience of the employer rule (like New...

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Employers Face New Issues with Quicker Roll-out of COVID-19 Vaccine

With Governor Lamont’s change to the vaccine distribution program to an age-based rollout starting March 1, 2021, all employers (not simply those “essential” workplaces) must now consider whether to require, or even to encourage, their employees to get the vaccine. At our webinar earlier this month (which is still available for on-demand viewing here), we discussed some of the areas that employers should start to think about....

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President Biden Issues Executive Orders Impacting Employers Amid Pandemic

Within his first few days in office, President Biden issued a wave of executive orders aimed at protecting workers amid the pandemic. According to the White House, the core policy objective underlying each order is implementing evidence-based measures to support the workforce and protect those hit hardest by the pandemic, including communities of color and working-class Americans, while promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace....

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Continuing Trend of Allowing U.S. Employers and Foreign Workers Flexibility and Assistance with Form I-9 Form Compliance Rules during National Emergency

As of March 19, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) temporarily relaxed the Form I-9 compliance rule requiring U.S. employers to complete Section 2 of the Form I-9 in the new hire’s physical presence.  The relaxation of the physical presence rule also applies to the re-verification of U.S work authorization for existing employees under Section 3 of the Form...

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What Happens to Paid COVID-19 Leave in the New Year?

On December 27, 2020, after months of negotiations, Congress passed and the President signed The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Applications Act, a 5,593-page appropriations bill which provides several forms of stimulus related to COVID-19. Many employers are wondering what effect the new law has on the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Here is what employers need to...

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