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COVID-19 | Jul 29, 2021

PPP Update: SBA Simplifies PPP Loan Forgiveness With New Direct Portal

New Direct Portal Makes PPP Forgiveness Easier The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Forgiveness Portal, which is intended to simplify applications for loan forgiveness for the smallest PPP borrowers. The PPP, which was created in March 2020 by the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and […]

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Employment Screening | Jul 19, 2021

Do Your Work Crews Travel?

How to Prepare for Off-site Project Work—are Your Crews Ready? Late summer means hurricane season, where many weather emergencies will arise. Conditions can sometimes create a need for crews to deploy to other areas to help, and we want you to be prepared. Many industries see this as an opportunity and proper screening meeting the […]

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Employment Screening | Jul 15, 2021

Different Industries Will Have Different Screening Needs. Here’s The Scoop.

The transportation, distribution, manufacturing, and healthcare industries all have different employment needs, and balancing the demand for new hires and safety for these various industries is something companies are challenged by. With the influx of employee hiring in these industries in these post-pandemic times, the need for qualified and stable individuals remains a priority.   […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 14, 2021

OSHA Revises Its COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

July, 2021 – On July 7, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its national emphasis program (NEP) for COVID-19. The revised NEP adjusts the targeted industries to those most at risk for COVID-19 exposure but still includes health care and non-health care, such as meat and poultry processing. The original NEP was […]

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Hiring | Jul 12, 2021

The Wake Of The Covid Pandemic Continues To Shake Up Hiring For SMBs

  As many Small Businesses (SMBs) re-open following the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the struggle continues due to the lack of workers to fill positions. A March survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found that 42% of owners had job openings that could not be filled, a record high. Ninety-one percent of those […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 12, 2021

Protecting HR Teams From Burnout

Burnout is a commonly discussed issue these days—particularly while many workforces are still working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Being isolated, stressed and overworked puts employees in a difficult position and can lead to increased burnout. Oftentimes, it’s HR’s responsibility to help employees cope with burnout and its contributing factors. However, in many cases, […]

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EEOC | Jul 12, 2021

EEOC Extends EEO-1 Deadline for 2019 and 2020 Data to Aug. 23

Employers now have some extra time to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on June 28, 2021. These reports were previously due by July 19, 2021. Employers now have until Aug. 23, 2021, to complete their submissions. The EEOC’s collection of this […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 09, 2021

The Wake Of The Covid Pandemic Continues To Shake Up SMBs As They Re-hire.

  Challenges To Re-Staff Businesses Post-pandemic Continue As many Small Businesses (SMBs) re-open following the shut downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the struggle continues due to the lack of workers to fill positions. A March survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found that 42% of owners had job openings that could not be filled, […]

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IRS Updates | Jun 29, 2021

PCORI Fees Now Due August 2, 2021 Instead of July 31.

This alert is of interest to all employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).  Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2021 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the […]

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DOL | Jun 28, 2021

Small Businesses Should Understand Form 5500

Understanding Form 5500 is important to businesses with retirement plans. Among the many fiduciary responsibilities that must be reported on the Form 5500, plan sponsors must deposit employees’ salary or wage deferrals into their accounts as soon as administratively feasible, but no later than the 15th business day of the month following the month in which […]

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Employment Screening | Jun 28, 2021

Preventing A Post-Covid “Turnover Tsunami”

The COVID-19 pandemic is finally getting under control. As more Americans get vaccinated, states are gradually lifting restrictions, and life is returning to pre-pandemic normalcy. Finally, individuals can get to the tasks they’ve been postponing for more than a year. Unfortunately for employers looking to retain employees, some employees are now ready to find new […]

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EEOC | Jun 24, 2021

He Said, She Said, We Said… Gender Sensitivity In The Workplace

Our workplace continues to change, with diversity and inclusivity in the forefront. One element of diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI) is gender identity and acknowledgement of an employee’s preferred pronouns. More employees are entering the workplace with gender identities and expressions that are different than what we may expect when we discuss gender, creating a need for more understanding.

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COVID-19 | Jun 17, 2021

Are Your Post-Covid Work Policies Up To Date?

Protect Your Workplace In A Post-Covid Time. 8 Policies To Review For New Post-Covid Office Norms Returning to in-person work is a top priority for many workplaces. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lessens, employers are eager to get employees back in their buildings. But that comes with a series of complications. New policies, […]

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Workforce Management | Jun 16, 2021

EEOC Announces New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Employment Resources

June 16, 2021 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the release of new employment resources intended to educate employees, applicants and employers on the rights of all employees—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers—to be free from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment. These resources are not new EEOC guidance, […]

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Workforce Management | Jun 14, 2021

Attention Healthcare Employers: OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS was developed to protect health care and health care support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. The […]

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Workforce Management | Jun 08, 2021

Handling the Influx of Remote Work Requests

As the decision is made for employees to come back to the office, employees may begin to have remote work requests. Likewise, companies may be more accepting of those requests than prior to the pandemic. Some companies could even make their entire operations remote as a new way to manage facility costs.

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COVID-19 | Jun 08, 2021

Best Practices and Monitoring Remote Workflow

Monitoring Remote Workers Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more employees are working remotely than ever before. And, even as businesses begin to reopen across the country, remote work will likely remain popular for the foreseeable future. While remote work arrangements help keep employees healthy and safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they […]

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COVID-19 | Jun 07, 2021

IRS Guidance on Tax Credits for Employee Leave Under the FFCRA

The FFCRA employee leave requirements expired in December 2020; however, subsequent legislation extended the tax credits for employers that continued to offer FFCRA leave on a voluntary basis. The credits are currently in effect through Sept. 30, 2021. They are taken against employment taxes and are fully refundable and advanceable.

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IRS Updates | Jun 07, 2021

IRS Update: ACA Forms for 2021 Reporting

IRS Draft Forms For 2021 ACA Reporting Released The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft 2021 forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2021 draft Forms 1094-B and 1095-B are draft versions of forms that will be used by providers of minimum essential coverage (MEC), including self-insured plan sponsors that […]

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COVID-19 | Jun 01, 2021

​Hiring After COVID-19 Shutdown Still Remains A Challenge

The Status Of Unemployment Benefits Is Changing The Hiring Forecast There continues to be an increase in the number of states planning to end enhanced unemployment benefits, which were made available due to the pandemic. So where does this all stand? We hope to shed some light on the current state of hiring and unemployment […]

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COVID-19 | May 28, 2021

Podcast: New Vaccine Mandate Q&A.

Can Employers Mandate Vaccination For Work? Many employers are struggling with whether they can mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for work. Employers Are confused as to what they can and can’t do as the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent and how to navigate new CDC guidance. Join us as we speak with Bill Gault with Nippes, Healy […]

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COVID-19 | May 27, 2021

Employers Should Be Careful Asking If An Employee Has Been Vaccinated.

May 27, 2021 – Now that many federal and state officials have relaxed COVID-19 safety rules for people who are fully vaccinated, employers may want to ask workers for proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. But employers should be careful not to ask for more information than is necessary. According to the U.S.  Equal Employment Opportunity […]

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COVID-19 | May 24, 2021

Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Cards

May, 2021 – All adults in the United States are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. With vaccine distribution reaching the general public, a growing proportion of the workforce is now vaccinated. In turn, many of these vaccinated employees have also received a vaccine card. It’s worthwhile for employers to understand what COVID-19 vaccine cards are […]

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COBRA | May 20, 2021

More IRS Guidance on American Rescue Plan’s COBRA Subsidy

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-31, a guidance document on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The Notice discusses the background of the subsidy and includes 86 questions and answers (Q&As) about its application. A Quick Recap: […]

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Employment Screening | May 18, 2021

Socially Acceptable? Social Media Can Get You Hired, Or Fired!

Have you ever posted something on social media and then later regretted it? Most of the time, you can go back to delete it before anyone notices. Not everyone, however, is so lucky. Regardless of how many followers you have on social media, one wrong post and you could lose your job or be passed over for a new job. Many people from public-facing institutions and businesses have been sanctioned, demoted, suspended, or fired for inappropriate or concerning activity online in recent days.

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COVID-19 | May 05, 2021

Hiring Frenzy Post Pandemic

Don’t Let The Rush To Staff Up Affect The Quality Of Your Next Hire. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the workplace and now we are seeing an influx in job needs and hiring. What will this look like for this next season of reopening? It is unsure. We know restaurants and other small businesses […]

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HR Life and Wellness | May 04, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month of May

May is Mental Health Awareness month and a good month to reflect on the needs of our employees from a mental standpoint. The past year has been hard on us in many ways, but it is important to acknowledge the challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed on us mentally. Many employees may have psychiatric […]

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HR Life and Wellness | Apr 30, 2021

Post-Pandemic HR Fatigue Is Setting In

Burnout is a commonly discussed issue these days—particularly while many workforces are still working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Being isolated, stressed and overworked puts employees in a difficult position and can lead to increased burnout. Oftentimes, its HR’s responsibility to help employees cope with burnout and its contributing factors.

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IRS Updates | Apr 26, 2021

IRS Issues Employer Resources on FFCRA Leave Tax Credits

The IRS has released new resources explaining the tax credits available for employers who opt to provide paid family leave and paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through Sept. 30, 2021. The new resources consist of a fact sheet and a  “snapshot” document […]

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COVID-19 | Apr 23, 2021

New Vaccination Tax Credit for SMBs

President Biden announced a paid leave tax credit for small- and medium-sized businesses. This credit will allow eligible employers to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of the vaccination.

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HR Life and Wellness | Apr 22, 2021

Employee Harrassment Should Be Taken Seriously

EEOC Harassment Findings and Recommendations for Employers According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, […]

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Employment Screening | Apr 22, 2021

Continuous Screening – What Employers Need To Know…

Getting Prepared – What Employers Need to Know Before Implementing Continuous Screening Continuous employee screening, sometimes known as continuous employee monitoring or “infinity screening,” is the practice of conducting criminal background checks and drug tests for existing employees on a regular or intermittent schedule. Some companies, especially high-volume, high turnover, or those who employ gig […]

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COVID-19 | Apr 21, 2021

More Employers Consider Vaccine Policies

As U.S. vaccination numbers rise,employers consider vaccination policies The vaccine effort in the United States has ramped up nicely. Recently we have seen dispersion as high as 2.5 million a day. The federal government will send out 27 million doses of vaccine soon — so the challenges of vaccination are going to change rapidly. The rapidly expanding vaccine […]

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IRS Updates | Apr 13, 2021

2021 IRS Employee Retention Credit Changes/Updates

On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021-23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit (ERC) for the first two quarters of 2021. The ERC was originally created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and has since been modified and extended by other […]

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Workforce Management | Apr 13, 2021

Employees May Resist In-Office Work Transition

Managers may be running into a common problem as employers advance their reopening plans: employees resisting transitioning back to working in an office full-time. Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the merits and pitfalls of working remotely were often debated. As states went into lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, many workforces were […]

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Federal Law Updates | Apr 08, 2021

Update: DOL Model Notices

DOL Issues Model Notices, FAQs for COBRA Subsidy in the ARPA On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA provides a 100% subsidy for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under COBRA and similar […]

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State Law Updates | Apr 01, 2021

CA New Labor Law Poster

Changes Pertaining to FFCRA and Paid Time Off Reflected in New Mandatory Labor Law Poster. In California it is a requirement to post a labor law poster containing updates on the new FFCRA paid time off law. Covered Employees in the public or private sectors who work for employers with more than 25 employees are […]

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Federal Law Updates | Mar 31, 2021

EEOC Announces 2021 EEO-1 Reporting

The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 29, 2021. The agency also announced that the deadline for submitting 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 data is July 19, 2021. This data collection was previously delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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IRS Updates | Mar 30, 2021

IRS Extends 2021 Tax Deadlines

Ongoing Pandemic Affects Tax Deadline On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021. The Notice, issued as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, follows a prior IRS extension (also to May 17, 2021) of […]

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Workforce Management | Mar 30, 2021

Employer Tips For Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers have a duty to investigate sexual harassment complaints and must take actions to prevent the recurrence of such offensive conduct in their workplace. In addition to these actions, an employer should have a sexual harassment policy in place outlining the company’s intolerance for sexual harassment.

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COVID-19 | Mar 30, 2021

Congress Passes Extention of the PPP

PPP Extension moves beyond March 31. Congress has passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, a 60-day extension of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP), which was set to expire on March 31. The bill will be sent to President Joe Biden shortly, who is expected to sign the extension before […]

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Affordable Care Act | Mar 25, 2021

President Biden Extends ACA Special Enrollment Period

ACA Special Enrollment Period Into August President Joe Biden’s administration recently extended access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Aug. 15, from the previously announced end date of May 15.   This direction comes after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opened this SEP for […]

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COVID-19 | Mar 19, 2021

The ARPA Act Affects COBRA Subsidy Provisions

COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act Important Dates: April 1, 2021 ARPA 100% subsidy begins to cover COBRA premiums. Sept. 30, 2021 ARPA subsidy provision for COBRA premiums expires. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance […]

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COVID-19 | Mar 11, 2021

The American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has passed Congress and has been signed by President Biden. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more.

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Workforce Management | Mar 09, 2021

2021 Employee Wellness Trends To Watch

Recovering From 2020 in the Workplace After a year that was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of the workplace have changed, including employer-sponsored wellness programs. Prior to the pandemic, employers were already making a shift to the way they viewed and implemented wellness initiatives at their organization. Some of these changes […]

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COVID-19 | Mar 08, 2021

CDC Guidance For Vaccinated People.

CDC Issues Long-awaited Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. Such individuals have been given the go-ahead to resume many activities that have been on hold since the beginning of the pandemic. What’s Changed […]

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COVID-19 | Mar 04, 2021

Podcast: Are You Eligible For Employee Retention Tax Credits?

Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the employee retention credit, a provision of the CARES Act, is available through June 30, 2021 to eligible employers who retained employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS issued guidance in early March for the credit as it relates to qualified wages paid before Dec. 31, 2020. Find out more about this in this detailed article and Podcast.

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COVID-19 | Mar 02, 2021

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill

(Updated information will continue to be provided as details are made public.) The House of Representatives has passed its version of President Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus bill, which includes extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more. The bill is now with the Senate, where some provisions will likely change. Democrats hope to pass […]

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IRS Updates | Feb 22, 2021

Updated IRS FAQs on Form W-4

The IRS released a new Form W-4 on December 5, 2020. All of your employees must complete this form, the Employee’s Withholding Certificate, in order to begin employment. We answer some frequently asked questions for employers as well as employees about the new form.

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Workforce Management | Feb 15, 2021

Preparing HR For A Future Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for HR departments. Now, HR is expected to understand public health challenges swiftly and manage them efficiently. MyHRConcierge offers four ways that HR teams can prepare for future public health crises while coping with the current COVID-19 fallout.

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COVID-19 | Feb 09, 2021

Communicating With Employees About COVID-19 Vaccines

Do I have to get the vaccine? Employee communications related to the pandemic have played a major role in keeping employees safe and healthy while navigating operational changes and challenges. Now, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have become available after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for two vaccines. As initial supplies of […]

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COVID-19 | Jan 20, 2021

SBA’s PPP Fully Opens for Second Round of Loans

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced updates to eligibility for Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan applications, allowing borrowers to apply through larger lenders. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, the portal will open for borrowers to apply for both first (known as First Draw PPP Loans) and second (known […]

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COVID-19 | Jan 13, 2021

5 HR Trends to Monitor in 2021

The Landscape Of HR Looks Different COVID-19 affected nearly every workplace function last year, and that influence will linger into 2021 and beyond. We are seeing that entire departments are being reimagined and reevaluated. Businesses will need to continually adapt quickly if they want to compete in this innovative landscape. HR departments are given more […]

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COVID-19 | Jan 11, 2021

Second Round of PPP Accepting Applications

More pandemic relief for SMBs. Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, applications will be accepted for the second round of loans in the SBA’s Payment Protection Program (PPP). This second round includes $284 billion in funding that was allocated for the PPP in the stimulus bill passed on Dec. 27, 2020. This round of funding will run through March 31, 2021.

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COVID-19 | Jan 06, 2021

Infographic: Comparing The COVID-19 Stimulus Plans

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. The bill was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year. Notably, the […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 29, 2020

What’s In The Newest Covid-19 Related Bill: Aid For Businesses

Recently, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. The bill was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year. Notably, the bill provides funding for […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 28, 2020

Stimulus Bill Extends FFCRA Tax Credits but Not Leave Mandate

An appropriations bill, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, does not extend the leave mandates created by the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), which expire on Dec. 31, 2020. As a result, the requirement for employers to provide employee paid sick […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 28, 2020

Trump Signs Stimulus Bill Act Into Law

Stimulus Bill Includes Ban on Surprise Medical Bills On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 into law. The Act includes a $900 billion coronavirus relief package that provides funding for unemployment benefits, direct economic payments to individuals, vaccine distribution and rental assistance. It also includes the No Surprises Act, a […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 22, 2020

Congress Passes $900 Billion in COVID-19 Aid

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. The bill, which was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year, has been sent to President Donald Trump, and he is expected to sign it into law.

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COVID-19 | Dec 21, 2020

Will the FFCRA be extended or not?

As of now, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid-leave requirements will expire on December 31, 2020. The FFCRA provided paid sick leave through the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act for certain coronavirus related instances and extended paid leave for employees with children whose child care was shut down through the Emergency Family and […]

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IRS Updates | Dec 18, 2020

PCORI fee increases in 2021.

The IRS is raising the fee that insurers or self-insured health plan sponsors will pay in 2021 to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The fee will be $2.66 per plan enrollee, up from $2.54 for the 2020 plan year, according to Notice 2020-84, which the IRS issued on Nov. 24, 2020. The […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 17, 2020

Can I Require Employees To Get A COVID-19 Vaccination?

The COVID-19 vaccine has created a new buzz. With hope comes concern and many questions are already beginning to be asked. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many employers are asking if they can require employees to get vaccinated, and what they can do if workers refuse. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) weighed in with […]

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COVID-19 | Dec 14, 2020

Employee Mental Health, the Holidays and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life—including how employees celebrate the holidays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged all Americans to avoid gathering and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and these sentiments will likely apply to future holiday celebrations as well. This may include—but is not limited to—Hanukkah, Christmas, […]

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COVID-19 | Nov 23, 2020

Holiday Parties Have Gone Virual?!? It’s a 2020 Thing.

Explore Virtual Workplace Holiday Parties At the end of the calendar year, workplace holiday celebrations are an experience that many employees look forward to as a highlight of the season. These celebrations are often a long-standing tradition allowing employees to celebrate with their colleagues—and sometimes family and guests. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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COVID-19 | Nov 20, 2020

DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

New Date For I-9 Policy The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire November 19. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS […]

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Affordable Care Act | Nov 16, 2020

The Biden Administration Will Impact HR and the Workplace

New administration means changes to the HR landscape Each presidential transition brings changes to the HR landscape. When President Donald Trump took office in 2016, he overturned or revised many of his predecessor’s federal regulations, a common trend between administrations of opposing parties. It is also something likely to continue under President-elect Joe Biden. With […]

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COVID-19 | Nov 16, 2020

OSHA Fines for COVID-19 Safety Violations

Coronavirus-related safety is serious business. Employers have a duty to keep workplaces free from known hazards—including coronavirus-related dangers—under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. OSHA announced on Nov. 6 that the agency has cited 179 worksites for coronavirus-related violations and proposed a total of $2,496,768 in penalties since the pandemic began, through Oct. 29. […]

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COVID-19 | Nov 12, 2020

Prepare for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Prepare your workplace for flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a variety of steps employers can take to protect employees and prepare for flu season—which may include steps you’ve taken in response to COVID-19—regardless of whether employees are in the office or working remotely. Download our infographic!

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IRS Updates | Oct 27, 2020

IRS 2021 Retirement Plan Limits

IRS Announces 2021 Retirement Plan Limits The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2020-79, containing cost-of-living adjustments for 2021 that affect amounts employees can contribute to 401(k) plans and IRAs, most of which remain unchanged. Key limits that remain unchanged include the following: The employee contribution limit for 401(k) plans will remain $19,500. The […]

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Affordable Care Act | Oct 23, 2020

Final Forms and Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting

Final Forms and Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting Released The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2020 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2020 Form 1094-B and Form 1095-B (and related instructions) will be used by providers of minimum essential coverage (MEC), including self-insured plan sponsors that […]

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Workforce Management | Oct 15, 2020

Closing Candidates Who Have Other Job Offers

Don’t Lose the Best Candidate To Your Hiring Process Hiring can be a time-consuming, costly, and stressful process. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect candidate, you may be faced with the harsh reality that the candidate has multiple job offers. The hiring process involves getting to know as much as possible about a […]

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COVID-19 | Oct 12, 2020

HHS Confirms COVID-19 Still A Health Emergency

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency On Oct. 2, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed its determination that a public health emergency exists as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, effective Oct. 23, 2020. This public health emergency, originally declared to have existed as of Jan. 27, 2020, was previously […]

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COVID-19 | Oct 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update: PPP Loan Forgiveness For Small Loans

SBA Announces Simpler PPP Loan Forgiveness for Smaller Loans The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) recently released a simpler Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and instructions. This updated, simple two-page application is for borrowers of $50,000 or less and is not for use by borrowers […]

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Affordable Care Act | Oct 09, 2020

A Helpful 2021 ACA Compliance Checklist

Affordable Care Act: 2021 Compliance Checklist The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. Since that time, a number of changes have been made to various ACA requirements that employers and plan sponsors should be aware of. It is important […]

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