Employer Coronavirus Update

By | Employment
March 23, 2020
Daily Employer Coronavirus Update:
Summary of Emergency Leave Law
Murphy Austin realizes that our clients’ first priority is the well-being of their employees and families. This is the fifth of our daily updates with important information pertaining to COVID-19 in the context of employment law. If you have missed any of our previous updates, please click here to visit Murphy Austin’s COVID-19 Employer Updates page.

Today’s update focuses on the new Emergency Federal Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions.

New Emergency Federal Sick Leave and FMLA Provisions
The Families First Coronovirus Response Act includes several important items, including funding for unemployment and food assistance.  It also creates new sick leave and paid FMLA provisions, which are summarized in today’s update.
Sick Leave  
The emergency sick leave law requires employers of less than 500 employees to provide paid sick to all employees (beginning day 1 of their employment) for the following reasons:
  1. Employee is subject to governmental quarantine or isolation order
  2. Employee is advised by health care provider to self-quarantine
  3. Employee has symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking medical advice
  4. Employee is caring for a person in categories 1-3 above
  5. Employee is caring for his or her child whose school or child care is closed
  6. Employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition to be determined by the Secretary of Health & Human Services

Full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours of sick leave. Part-time employees are entitled to the average number of hours worked over a two-week period.
The rate of pay depends on the reason for the leave. An employee taking sick leave under items 1-3 above is paid his or her regular rate of pay (up to $511/day and $5110 total). An employee taking sick leave under items 4-6 above is paid at 2/3 the rate of his or her regular rate of pay (up to $200/day and $2000 total).
You may not require employees to take other paid leave before they take this sick leave.
The emergency FMLA expansion requires employers of less than 500 employees to provide paid FMLA leave to employees who have been employed at least 30 calendar days only when the employees need leave to care for their children whose school or daycare is closed.
Employers of less than 50 employees may receive a waiver if the leave would jeopardize the viability of the business, under regulations to be issued by the Secretary of Labor.
Employees taking this leave will be unpaid for the first ten days. Employees have the option to substitute other paid leave available to them. After the first ten days, the leave will be paid at 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate, based on the amount of hours normally worked (capped at $200/day and $10,000 total)
Employer Tax Credit
Employers will be entitled to take the amounts paid for sick leave and FMLA benefits under these emergency measures as credits against payroll taxes. Should the credit be insufficient to cover the costs paid for leave, the excess will be refundable to the employers. Employers should seek specific advice from their accountants or other qualified professional regarding these credits.
Murphy Austin’s Labor and Employment Law Team
Please contact one of our team members if we can be of assistance.

Team Giving

By | COVID-19, Volunteers

March 19, 2020

To Our Nonprofit Partners:

Team Giving is here to support you and we are aware of the challenges and urgency to keep our regional nonprofits strong so you can continue to care for our community members.  We are fine-tuning how we can best help you and continue our tradition of supporting and advocating for the nonprofit community.

I’ll keep this brief, I know a lot of you have received many, many emails in the last few days.  We wanted you to know that:

  • Team Giving is committed to serving and assisting our nonprofit partners as best we can.
  • If you have volunteer opportunities, either live or virtual, please let us know ASAP and we will post the opportunity on our website and connect you with volunteers that contact us to help.
  • We want to think outside of the box with you, which can be a very good way to cope through challenging times.  If you have a bright idea or a solution that will solve a problem and maintain our social distancing/shelter-in-place mandates, please share! Nonprofits are the BEST resource for each other, we would love to help spread good news and viable “work-arounds” that will care for our community.
  • Above all, take care of yourself and your family, your staff and those you serve. You are very important to everyone around you, treat yourself as such!

Remember that we will persevere, we are strong, we are committed and we ARE compassion in action.

We are thinking of you; our hearts and prayers are with you.

Trudy Harris & staff

Team Giving

Multipoint Content Strategies Offering an Hour of Free Studio Time

By | COVID-19

In light of the recent changes regarding our response to Covid-19 and the stress it will put on so many nonprofits, Multipoint Content Strategies (a local podcast production studio) is offering an hour of studio time to those most affected by this crisis, to create a podcast to get their message out to their clientele, staff and donor base to convey what is critically necessary in their messaging that needs distribution.

For more information, contact Jeff Holden at [email protected].

Discounted Cellular Services Available to NPOs

By | COVID-19

As we all try and adjust to the new norm, Sprint wants to make you aware of special emergency preparedness communications tools that are available to nonprofits and government agencies.

  • Free flip phones and $0/mo, 6 cents/minute pay as you go cell service.  No contract.
  • Add Sprint’s Direct Connect walkie-talkie service for nationwide phone to phone, group and broadcast communications – $5/mo per
  • 6 month mobile internet access plans for PCs and tablets – instantly enable internet access from anywhere
  • Instant Virtual Call Center – a business line and extensions for clients to call into whereby calls are routed to program employees who may be working from home

Contact Matt Kehoe via email or call to set up a time to talk. Sprint is here to help!
Matt Kehoe

Business Manager

Non-Profit, Healthcare, Fleet Group

916.997.8330  [email protected]