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The American Rescue Plan and COBRA Subsidies: What Employers Need to Know

The American Rescue Plan and COBRA Subsidies: What Employers Need to Know

Congress recently passed “The American Rescue Plan Act” (“ARPA”), a $1.9 trillion package of economic relief and we have summarized the major provisions affecting employers in our March 29, 2021 Client Alert. Among its many provisions, the COBRA continuation coverage subsidy has created many questions for employers who must now comply with notifications, effective May 31, 2021.

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New Jersey Law Now Limits Employer Inquiries Into Marijuana-Related Criminal Histories

New Jersey Law Now Limits Employer Inquiries Into Marijuana-Related Criminal Histories

On February 22, 2021, as a companion to the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act,” Governor Murphy also signed legislation “concerning certain criminal and civil justice reforms, particularly addressing the legal consequences associated with certain marijuana and hashish offenses.” Of particular interest to employers are the prohibitions this legislation places on employers’ ability to inquire into, and take action based on, specific marijuana-related criminal histories.

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The American Rescue Plan: What Employers Need to Know

The American Rescue Plan: What Employers Need to Know

Congress recently passed “The American Rescue Plan” (“Rescue Plan”), a $1.9 trillion package intended to provide economic relief necessitated by the COVID pandemic. Among its many provisions are those that will allow employers to voluntarily provide continued leave for employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, (FFCRA), in exchange for a payroll tax credits. Employers are not obligated to provide continued leave, but if private employers choose to provide continued leave and adhere to all FFCRA requirements, they may claim payroll tax credit for the cost of such paid leave. Much of the FFCRA benefits remain the same, but these significant changes will take effect April 1, 2021:

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