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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) extended the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. The temporary guidance was set to expire March 31 and has been extended to May 31, 2021 due to ongoing precautions related to COVID-19. Employers and workplaces operating remotely can continue to inspect the Section 2 documents of the Form I-9 virtually through May 31, 2021.

Effective March 25,2020 at 8am: The Evers Administration signs Emergency Order (EO) #12, Safer at Home. A summary of the EO is included in this article.

Public health guidelines designed to help communities and employers navigate the changing landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance from the EEOC also addresses some of the issues that employers could face in during this period.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020 and takes effect on April 1, 2020. Two major provisions of the FFCRA address paid leaves designed to assist American workers and families facing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As employers are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, many are mandating or allowing employees to work from home (WFH). Included are some legal tips for employers as you navigate what might be unchartered waters for managing non-exempt staff.

Working from home sounds great, but it takes discipline and practice for the transition to be successful. Included in this article are a few tips from the Lake Effect team on working remotely.

Now your entire team is working remotely, potentially with a whole family, including pets, in their home offices! You’ve tested out the technology and applied the wage and hour laws, but how do you continue engaging your team and sustaining your workplace culture?

On behalf of your partners at Lake Effect HR & Law, we hope that your team continues to be safe and healthy amidst the threat of COVID-19. We want to share with you our recommendations for having an informed and measured response to COVID-19 as employers and co-workers.

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