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COVID-19: How to Pivot Your Business and Prepare for the Next 6 Months – A 5 Part Series

In Corporate Resources, Employer Resources by Porzio

The time is now to anticipate and prepare for the fall-out of COVID-19. One of the anticipated consequences is the possible lawsuits that may be the result of this pandemic. Plaintiffs’ lawyers will not miss this opportunity, just as they have missed no other opportunity to blame employers for injuries to their employees and customers.

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SBA – Paycheck Protection Program Guidance

In Corporate Resources, Employer Resources by Porzio

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published guidance for the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) contained in The CARES Act. The PPP is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning April 3, 2020, small businesses, including nonprofits and sole proprietorships, can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and certain other expenses through existing SBA lenders.

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New Jersey Expands Leave and Insurance Benefits To Employees Impacted by COVID-19

In Employer Resources, Personal Resources by Porzio

On March 25, 2020, New Jersey passed another law to help ease the burden faced by employees who must miss work due to COVID-19. The new law allows employees affected by COVID-19 to utilize New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Act, Family Leave Act, Temporary Disability Insurance, or Family Leave Insurance. The most significant change to these laws is that it provides benefits to employees who must be quarantined or care for a family member who must be quarantined.

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Challenges for New Jersey Employers Facing COVID-19 Related Workforce Reductions

In Employer Resources by Porzio

Employers operating in New Jersey who find themselves needing to reduce their workforces for reasons related to COVID-19 should seek guidance from counsel with regard to the application of obligations set forth in New Jersey’s WARN Act (“NJ WARN”). In addition to the federal law, New Jersey’s version, which is considered one of the nation’s most stringent, requires employers to provide employees with notice of a mass layoff, termination, or transfer of operations, affecting 500 or more full-time employees, or 50 or more full-time employees if such represents one-third or more of the employees at the business establishment. Presently, the law requires employers to provide at least 60 days’ notice, and requires that employers pay certain severance in the event that they do not fully comply with the notice requirement.

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The Legal Impact of the Coronavirus On Your NJ and NY Business

In Corporate Resources, Employer Resources by Porzio

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times, and businesses are not exempt from the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Government shutdowns and workforce restrictions have left business owners guessing as to whether their companies are “essential” or “non-essential,” and can remain open under lockdowns imposed by state governments. Recent Executive Orders by state governors Murphy and Cuomo identify the “essential” industries and business that can remain open during the lockdowns provided the businesses follow workplace distancing practices.

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Leave Entitlements Arising from COVID-19

In Employer Resources by Porzio

The onslaught of news and information regarding COVID-19, which evolves daily and often seems contradictory, has led to anxiety and confusion for many companies. In particular, for those individuals in charge of Human Resources, the questions with regard to wages and leave issues are countless. Although the response to inquiries will continue to evolve as the situation develops, the following summary will provide guidance to companies looking to navigate this emerging public health situation.