Idaho is offering cash bonuses to employees who return to work as the state lifts COVID-19–related restrictions and businesses reopen. In an effort to incentivize employees who are now earning more money due to the additional benefits provided through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, Idaho has implemented a Return to Work Bonuses program.
Businesses across the country are finally beginning to reopen and individuals are returning to work. As part of the reopening process, companies are implementing new safety protocols. Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans are not always successful.
This is the second in a series of articles written from my perspective as a labor and employment lawyer and mother addressing issues raised by the pandemic on multiple levels. My hope is that this series will provide practical guidance on how to deal with COVID-19 concerns based on current federal and state COVID-19–related laws.
South Carolina has slowly begun to reopen over the last few weeks. While every state and many individual jurisdictions have different reopening criteria, in South Carolina, close contact businesses are now open.
Over the years, Congress has put forth various legislative proposals regarding data privacy. None of the past legislation received the support necessary to enable passage of a comprehensive national data privacy law. In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, promising new privacy legislation has been introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Senator John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet; Senator Jerry Moran (R-KN), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security; and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its latest guidance to state unemployment agencies regarding the application of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to impacted individuals in Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 16-20. PUA applies to self-employed persons, gig economy workers, and independent contractors. PUA is also applicable to those impacted individuals who did not qualify for state unemployment assistance due to an inability to meet state qualifying criteria.
On April 7, 2020, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-22. This order allows employers to provide furloughed employees with additional monetary assistance in the form of COVID-19 Support Payments while the impacted individuals are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
Unemployment benefits for impacted workers have now been addressed in both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (phase 2) and the pending Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (phase 3), which has now been passed in the U.S. Senate and is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives in response to COVID-19. The president’s signature is expected immediately once final approval is obtained by Congress. In light of staggering unemployment numbers released on March 26, 2020, this assistance has come just in time as many employers and impacted workers are facing economic devastation in the wake of COVID-19. According to the most recent statics, unemployment claims surged to over 3.2 million last week to the highest levels since tracking began in 1967.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, it is anticipated that a large portion of the workforce will be asked to work from home for their own protection and for the protection of others. Working from home (or telecommuting) is not a new concept. However, it will be new for some employees and may strain the resources of a company during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Both employers and individuals continue to receive a barrage of information regarding the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). It is important to remember that during any time of stress, there will be some people with bad intentions willing to take advantage of the situation. “Phishing” and similar cybersecurity attacks are among the scams that the U.S. government is currently seeing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4.8 million. 10 million. 15 million. 25 million. Before 2014, these large numbers were likely to represent the number of individuals affected by a data breach. Today, they are the dollar figures that companies must spend to put a breach in the past—and that’s just the cost of settlement. Lately, companies have far exceeded these amounts—by the hundreds of millions of dollars—before a settlement is even proposed.
The Obama administration recently announced the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new governmental agency created to prevent cyber threats by analyzing and integrating digital intelligence collected through government and non-government sources. The agency is part of the recent overture by the federal government to highlight…..
On Friday February 13, 2015, President Obama spoke at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. After his address, President Obama signed an executive order, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing, that will encourage private companies to share information regarding cyber security with the U.S……