Form I-9 Remote Verification Extended
In March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an exemption to the physical examination of documents for I-9 verification due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) National Emergency. Remote document verification has been allowed during this time. The final extension of this exemption will end on August 19, 2020.
Once the exemption period has passed, the standard timeframe to physically verify documents will be within three business days.
For more information, Click Here for the Legal Update article.
Free PPP Forgiveness Calculator
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is offering access to a Free PPP Forgiveness Calculator. Employers or tax advisors can use the tool to complete the PPP Forgiveness applications and the required government forms will automatically be generated.
The AICPA website has more information:
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Change to FFCRA Leave Regulations
A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down portions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) temporary regulations. The Legal Update memo provides a summary review of the ruling.
The opinion struck down the following provisions in the FFCRA leave rules:
- The requirement that an employer have work available for an employee taking leave;
- The definition of health care providers who may be denied leave;
- The requirement that employers consent to intermittent leave; and
- The requirement that employees provide documentation for leave before taking leave.
The court’s decision did not specifically limit the scope of its ruling, so employers nationwide should consult with their attorneys regarding providing and denying leave for employees under the FFCRA that does not comply with the court’s ruling. Employers should stay apprised of future developments including any potential appeals or new guidance or regulations from the Department of Labor (DOL).
For a more detailed review of the FFCRA Regulations, see the links below for the UBA Compliance Advisor memos on this topic:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has published COVID-19 Employer Playbook ~ Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers.