COVID-19 Employment Question of the Day

March 25, 2020

Starting on March 25, 2020, Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment & Labor Department will keep you updated with a “COVID-19 Employment Question of the Day.” The featured questions are taken from our day-to-day conversations with (collectively) hundreds of employers in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and around the country, both large and small.

If you have questions, contact your Fredrikson and Byron Employment & Labor attorney.

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April 6, 2020

By Ashley R. Thronson

Can an essential worker self-quarantine and refuse to come to work because they are afraid of contracting the virus?

Answer to April 6 Question


April 3, 2020

By Kristy L. Albrecht and Bryan J. Morben

Under what circumstances may a small employer who employs fewer than 50 employees be exempt from the leave provisions under the FFCRA?

Answer to April 3 Question


April 2, 2020

By Kristin LeBreDebra J. Linder and Edgar R. Ocampo

What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff and how do we know which term to use?

Answer to April 2 Question


April 1, 2020

By Patrick D. Smith and Olivia N. Norwood

What is the process for obtaining the tax credit for COVID-19 related leave paid under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Answer to April 1 Question


March 31, 2020

By Nancy S. Anton, Anne M. Radolinski and Penny S. Oleson

I am a covered federal contractor/subcontractor subject to the various federal affirmative action laws, including Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA). I heard there is an exemption from all OFCCP obligations, and my affirmative action plan year is coming to end. Do I need to update my affirmative action plans this year, or do I qualify for this exemption?

Answer to March 31 Question


March 30, 2020

By Pamela Abbate-Dattilo and Edgar R. Ocampo

How will unemployment in Minnesota be impacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act)?

Answer to March 30 Question


March 29, 2020

By Robert C. Boisvert, Jr.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) permits employers to exempt “health care providers” from receiving paid leave and paid expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). So who is a “health care provider?”

Answer to March 29 Question


March 27, 2020

By Emily S. Pontius and Kendra D. Simmons

What do we need to know about the DOL’s Families First Act Model Notice and what do we need to do now?

Answer to March 27 Question


March 26, 2020

By Teresa M. Thompson and Lukas S. Boehning

Minnesota’s Governor issued a “stay-at-home” Order on March 25, 2020. How do I know if my employees are exempt from travel restrictions as critical sector employees under the stay-at-home Order?

Answer to March 26 Question


March 25, 2020

By Pamela Abbate-Dattilo

Do we have more guidance yet on how the Department of Labor will interpret key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

Answer to March 25 Question


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