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Trump Signs Executive Orders on Payroll Taxes, Unemployment Benefits, and Student Loans

Trump Signs Executive Orders on Payroll Taxes, Unemployment Benefits, and Student Loans

After Congressional talks on a second coronavirus relief bill broke down, President Trump signed a series of executive orders intended to provide financial support to workers, the unemployed, and individuals with student loan debt. But because Congress—not the President—controls spending, some of these actions are likely to face legal challenges. Here are the highlights of the President’s orders, and some of the obstacles that could arise: Payroll Tax Suspension. The President ordered the IRS to suspend collection of the employee…

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Landmark Supreme Court Ruling: Employers Can’t Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling: Employers Can’t Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

In an historic decision for LGBT rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has held by a 6-3 margin that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The case, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (No. 17–1618), involved three individuals who alleged they were fired from their jobs because they were gay or transgender. In his majority opinion, Justice Neal Gorsuch wrote: An…

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OSHA requires employers to log work-related cases of COVID-19

OSHA requires employers to log work-related cases of COVID-19

In updated guidance released on May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that employers must record confirmed, work-related cases of COVID-19 on OSHA Form 300, the form used to record workplace illnesses and injuries. Under the new guidance, an employer must log a worker’s case of COVID-19 if all of the following conditions are met: The illness is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The illness is work-related. The illness involved days away from work, restricted duties,…

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Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that employers can now remotely inspect workers’ identity and employment authorization documents for Form I-9 purposes. Form I-9 is used to verify each newly hired employee’s legal right to work in the United States. Ordinarily, an employer (or authorized representative) must conduct an in-person review of these documents. The government has made clear that remote inspection is a temporary measure and available only to employers who…

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Congress Expands Unemployment Benefits in $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Congress Expands Unemployment Benefits in $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Faced with unprecedented levels of unemployment as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic, President Trump has signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill that will send up to $1,200 to each adult and expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. The president signed the bill, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on March 27th, just hours after the House of Representatives approved the law. The Senate had passed the bill unanimously a few days earlier.  Among many…

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