Paid Sick Leave Becomes Permanent in Colorado

By Brooke Colaizzi During the COVID-19 pandemic, both the federal and Colorado state governments used some form of paid sick leave as a tool to help employees through illness, medical treatments, and school and daycare shutdowns. Now, paid sick leave is a permanent requirement for employers in the state of Colorado. On July 14, Governor […]

[Webinar] Management Liability Risks & COVID-19

Chris Mosley, chair of the Insurance Recovery Group, joins a BoK Financial Insurance-sponsored webinar panel discussion on management liability risks related to COVID-19 as they impact D&O and EPLI coverage issues. The team provides an understanding of the key issues and an overview of how you can navigate COVID-19-related allegations and litigations that could impact […]

IRS Clarifies CARES Act Provisions for Retirement Plan Coronavirus-Related Distributions, Participant Loan Enhancements and Required Minimum Distributions

By Kathy Odle, Kirsten Stewart, and George Tsai IRS issues important guidance, including tax reporting clarification, to retirement plan sponsors and administrators on dealing with coronavirus-related distributions, participant loan repayment deferrals, and required minimum distributions that are waived for 2020. Read the full advisory HERE. […]

OSHA Issues Non-Mandatory Guidance for Reopening

By Patrick Miller On June 17, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its “Guidance on Returning to Work.” Designed to “assist employers and workers in safely returning to work and reopening businesses deemed by local authorities as ‘non-essential businesses’ during the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” the document does little to […]

PPP Flexibility Act Summary

By Bill Peffer, Kenneth Siegel, and Lyle Wallace On June 5, President Trump signed into law the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 (the Flexibility Act). The Flexibility Act modifies numerous loan eligibility, loan forgiveness, and loan repayment aspects of the PPP created under the CARES Act. The advisory outlines how the Flexibility Act can provide […]

OSHA Reverses Course: Employers Must Now Make Determination as to the Work-Relatedness of COVID-19 Cases

By Pat Miller Reversing an earlier decision, which limited to only certain categories of employers the obligation to determine whether COVID-19 cases are work-related, OSHA announced on May 19, 2020, that all employers subject to the recordkeeping requirement now must make that determination. Under the prior guidance, only employers in industries such as healthcare, emergency […]

Another Week, Another Flurry of COVID-19-Related Employee Benefits Guidance

By Kathy Odle, Kirsten Stewart, and George Tsai The IRS and Department of Labor have been busy over the last few weeks issuing guidance regarding the impact of COVID-19 on employee benefit plans. This client advisory summarizes this new guidance regarding Model COBRA Notices, cafeteria plan elections, and high-deductible health plans, and it provides some factors for employers […]