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MN Stay-at-Home Order: Are You in a “Critical Sector?”

Yesterday, March 25, Governor Walz announced the Stay-at-Home Executive Order for Minnesota, restricting the operation of “non-critical businesses” in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.

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U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Fact Sheets and Q&A for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Yesterday, March 24, the DOL announced its first round of guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

March 24, 2020 – Small and midsize employers may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

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COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order: What Does it Mean for Business?

March 23, 2020 – A Shelter in Place order is being seriously considered by multiple states in the Midwest in response to the spread of COVID-19.

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More Guidance on Coronavirus Paid Leave Laws

March 21, 2020 – As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus Bill Requires Employers to Provide Paid Employee Leave

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law.

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IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Tests and Treatment

On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-15, which allows high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment without a deductible.

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Two New Model COBRA Notices Available from the DOL

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023.

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OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1

Feb. 1 is the annual deadline for many employers to post their OSHA Forms 300A from the previous year.

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FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Technical Difficulties

Since the Clearinghouse became operational on Jan. 6, 2020, the online system has experienced technical difficulties with queries.

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FMCSA Makes Significant Increase to the Random Drug Test Rate for 2020

On Dec. 27, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

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Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that prevents a government shutdown and repeals the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

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