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UMN Researchers Say Invasive Fungus That Threatens Oak Trees Is Spreading

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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New Critical Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, September 30, 2020

From the U.S. Department of Labor/Wage & Hour Division

The revisions clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, in light of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in an Aug. 3, 2020, decision that found portions of the regulations invalid.

The revisions do the following:

  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them.
  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently.
  • Revise the definition of “healthcare provider” to include only employees who meet the definition of that term under the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations or who are employed to provide diagnostic services, preventative services, treatment services or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care which, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.
  • Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.
  • Correct an inconsistency regarding when employees may be required to provide notice of a need to take expanded family and medical leave to their employers.

“As the economy continues to rebound, more businesses return to full capacity, and schools reopen, the need for clarity regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid leave provisions may be greater than ever,” said Wage and Hour Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “Today’s updates respond to this evolving situation and address some of the challenges the American workforce faces. Our continuing robust response to this pandemic balances support for workers and employers alike, and remains our priority.”

The Department issued its initial temporary rule implementing provisions under the FFCRA on April 1, 2020. Read the revisions to that temporary rule, which became effective Sept. 16, 2020 in the Federal Register.

The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat and defeat the workplace effects of the coronavirus by giving tax credits to American businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid leave for certain reasons related to the coronavirus. Please visit WHD’s “Quick Benefits Tips” for information about how much leave workers may qualify to use, and the wages employers must pay. The law enables employers to provide paid leave reimbursed by tax credits, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

WHD continues to provide updated information on its website and through extensive outreach efforts to ensure that workers and employers have the information they need about the benefits and protections of the FFCRA. The agency also provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to the coronavirus and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and on job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at

Tags:  business management  covid-19  U.S. Department of Labor  wages 

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Equipment Trends 2020

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, August 31, 2020
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2020 Green Industry Economic Report Mid-Year Review

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, August 31, 2020
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Tips and Best Practices to Safely Keep Your Team at Work During COVID-19

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Invasive Plant List Survey

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, July 28, 2020

There has been recent interest and discussion about the development of a national list of invasive plants that would initially compile the invasive species lists that have been developed by invasive plant councils and potentially grow to include regulatory listings as well. As you may be aware, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) already maintains a meta-list like this for eight midwestern states


We request that you please take this brief survey to help us understand your use and perceptions of the MIPN list. Any input provided will be used to inform the potential development of a national resource and may also be used to inform future improvements to the MIPN regional invasive plant list


Please contact Clair Ryan, MIPN Coordinator, at to get answers to any questions you may have about this survey.


Clair Ryan
Midwest Invasive Plant Network Coordinator
(630) 425-3461, Facebook, Twitter

Tags:  invasive species  research  survey 

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Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, June 19, 2020
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OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, June 19, 2020

On May 26 OSHA issued new guidance intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Under OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is now a recordable illness, and thus employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5; and
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7.


Tags:  business management  covid-19  OSHA 

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The Best Trees to Reduce Air Pollution

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, June 1, 2020
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The Great Green Reboot

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, June 1, 2020
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