Addressing employer/employee issues and rights including but not limited to furloughs, terminations, overall work issues, and working conditions during this pandemic.
As the wave of businesses are order to be closed and we are under a “Stay At Home” directive, business owners are, in turn, confronted with the difficult reality that a number of their employees will need to be either furloughed or terminated.
What is a furlough? A Furlough involves reducing the days or weeks than an employee may work due to the specific situation of the business—certainly COVID-19 is one such situation. Generally, employers may furlough non-exempt employees without pay without potential liability; however, exempt employees require a case by case analysis to ensure compliance with both state and federal laws.
What is a layoff? A layoff is different from a furlough as a layoff is either a temporary or permanent suspension of an employee’s employment for business reasons. There are notice requirements that may be required under state or federal law, especially is the employer has 100 or more full time employees.
Am I eligible for unemployment? The US Department of Labor announced guidelines for states to provide more flexibility when making determinations concerning eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance. Federal law states that a person does not need to quit their job in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
Addressing employer/employee issues and rights including but not limited to furloughs, terminations, and overall work issues