Impacts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) on Missouri Cities (April 2, 2020)
presented by James C. Hetlage and Julie Z. Devine, Lashly & Baer, P.C.
Webinar PowerPoint Only
The Federal Government has adopted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) - sweeping new laws to respond to COVID-19. This webinar will focus on those aspects of these new laws that directly impact Missouri cities, including emergency paid sick leave, expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements, exclusions for emergency responders and health care providers, and essential funding provisions for local governments and municipalities in the CARES Act.
City Operations During Pandemic (Recorded March 17, 2020)
Presented by Nathan Nickolaus, Lauber Municipal Law, LLC
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an online webinar addressing questions arising under any of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and the COVID-19 pandemic to its website www.eeoc.gov on March 27. No registration is necessary to view this prerecorded webinar.
The webinar supplements the COVID-19 publications already issued by the EEOC, including the “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19” and "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act".
Missouri Municipal Elections Postponed Until June 2, 2020
Press Release Regarding Election Postponement, Missouri Governor's Office
- The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11.
- The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
- A public test of voting equipment shall be completed no later than June 1.
- In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.
- The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2.
- Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5.
- Local election authorities are also directed to post information on their website, use social media if available, issue press release, conduct public appearances, and directly contact stakeholders such as candidates.
Action by Missouri’s Cities and Towns:
- Sample Emergency Declaration
- Sample Pandemic Ordinance
- Press Releases
- Employment Letter for Work
Please see the file library at the bottom of this page for member submissions of example communications used in individual communities.
- Webpages (examples of some Missouri city COVID-19 coronavirus response pages)
State and Federal Resources
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
24-Hour HOTLINE: 877-435-8411
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
National League of Cities:
U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
International City/County Management Association
Plan and Prepare
U.S. Department of Justice
COVID-19 Information for Missouri Manufacturers (Missouri Enterprise)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
List of products considered effective for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
State Issued Regulatory Relief
- Department of Labor
- Relaxing the work search requirement for claims
- Waiving the week waiting period
- Waive charging COVID-19 related claims on the employers’ unemployment insurance accounts, to help employers avoid negative impact on their payroll tax rate
- Department of Revenue
- Extended the tax filing deadline to July 1
- Granting automatic extensions on expiring driver licenses, nondriver licenses and instruction permits
- Department of Natural Resources
- Now accepting requests for enforcement discretion for businesses that may not be able to maintain compliance due to workforce shortages
- Department of Insurance and Commerce
- Waiving statutes and rules for pharmacists, nurses and other health care fields to keep more professionals in the workplace and able to help combat the virus
- Executive Order
- Allowing restaurants to sell unprepared foods