Department of Labor Publishes Model Notices for American Rescue Plan Act’s COBRA Subsidy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides for a temporary 100 percent COBRA subsidy for eligible individuals whose qualifying event was an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours. On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor issued the model forms that will be used to notify individuals of the COBRA subsidy and provide information about their rights under the ARP.

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DOL Rescinds Extensions to Meet PERM Deadlines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On June 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded deadline extensions it had instituted on March 20 to help employers meet PERM requirements during the pandemic. Unfortunately, employers sponsoring foreign national employees for PERM labor certification-based green cards will for now receive no further accommodations from the DOL during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recent USCIS, DHS, DOS and DOL Changes in Response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, several governmental entities have recently made further updates to their policies and operations. Last week, USCIS announced that for certain types of requests for evidence and notices (such as Notices of Intent to Deny or Revoke) as well as appeals issued between March 1 and July 1, 2020, inclusive, USCIS will consider responses received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking any action. In regard to the I-9 process, the Department of Homeland Security announced that, beginning May 1, 2020, Form I-9 List B identity documents set to expire on or after March 1, 2020, and not otherwise extended by the issuing authority, may be treated the same as if the employee presented a valid receipt for an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes.

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Department of Labor Issues Regulations to Help Implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations in the form of a temporary rule to clarify and implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Our previous Alert summarized the initial legislation, which was passed on March 18, 2020.

The regulations will remain in effect through the FFCRA’s expiration on December 31, 2020, and will assist employers in complying with the FFCRA’s Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

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