The Family First Coronavirus Response Act expanded employers’ obligations to provide employees paid sick time and FMLA leave for COVID-19 related events. Employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of qualifying paid leave, and employers can obtain payroll tax relief for payment of paid leave each time they process their payroll.
Many small employers were not previously subject to the FMLA. However, it now … Read More
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Sample FFCRA Qualifying Leave Request Form
Employee Name ____________________________________________________ Position __________________________________________ Date of Request ________________________
Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of expanded family and medical leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay (capped at $511 per day) where the employee is unable to work because the employee … Read More
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency arising from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. In response, Governor Ducey announced on March 15, 2020 that Arizona schools would remain closed until March 27, 2020. However, he recently announced schools will remain closed through the end of the school year.
School closures have led many parents to try to find alternative … Read More
Many of us find ourselves attending meetings by video conference, such as Zoom. You might even be having confidential interactions with your clients, medical providers, or legal providers. If you are wondering how secure those interactions are, we analyzed Zoom’s security, legal, and privacy policies (which were updated on March 18, 2020) to help you stay informed without having to read all the fine print. … Read More
Question: There is a hearing, or other court appearance, scheduled in my family law case. Is the Arizona Family Law Court still open? Do I have to go to Court?
The status of the Court and pending family law cases continues to evolve rapidly, with updates from the presiding family law court judge, the Honorable Bruce Cohen, disseminated daily. While the Court remains open, effective Wednesday, … Read More
Government agencies are beginning to release information relative to how employers can be in compliance with the new Family First Coronavirus Act which is effective April 2, 2020. Below is guidance from both the Department of Labor as well as the IRS. We will continue to post relevant updated content on our COVID-19 page.
By April 9, 2020, employers must keep a notice of the requirements of the Act prepared by or … Read More
Question: I’m confined to my house due to the coronavirus. I still want complete my divorce. Is that possible?
The short answer is yes. However, it requires cooperation from both parties. If they can reach an agreement, the settlement documents can be submitted to the assigned judge who will sign same, thereby completing the divorce process. However, if there are outstanding issues … Read More
Question: If the other parent becomes ill with the COVID-19 virus, can I insist that his or her parenting time be suspended?
In our experience, asking for reasonable accommodations to protect the health of a child is usually more effective than demanding. Remember, if they have the virus their emotions and stress levels - and as a result their defenses - are heightened. You should kindly and calmly communicate … Read More
On March 19, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order to limit the operation of certain business, including bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although many other businesses remain fully operational, they are suffering the economic impacts. This has led many employers to face challenging decisions, including whether to lay off their employees. … Read More
Question: My income has changed significantly. Can I seek either a temporary or permanent modification of child support or spousal maintenance?
In order to be eligible for a downward modification of child support or spousal maintenance, a person must establish a change in circumstances that is both substantial and continuing. The burden is on the party requesting the modification to demonstrate this change. … Read More