Now Streaming! MyHRBuzz…The Podcast

At MyHR Concierge we aim to bring you helpful information in a way that is easy to understand. We find that human conversation is one of the best ways. This year, we welcome you to a new podcast with episodes on topics that are relevant to the world of HR. The topics will range from […]

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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

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Will Begin April 26, 2021 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 […]

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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

Employers Should Be Prepared To Prevent Sexual Harassment 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 […]

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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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MyHRBuzz Podcast | Feb 09, 2021

Now Streaming! MyHRBuzz…The Podcast

At MyHR Concierge we aim to bring you helpful information in a way that is easy to understand. We find that human conversation is one of the best ways. This year, we welcome you to a new podcast with episodes on topics that are relevant to the world of HR. The topics will range from […]

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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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IRS Updates | Oct 06, 2020

IRS Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting

Details on IRS Transition Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting On Oct. 2, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-76 to: Extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2020 from Feb. 1, 2021, to March 2, 2021; and Provide a final extension of good-faith transition relief from penalties […]

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HR Life and Wellness | Sep 29, 2020

California Anti-Harassment Training Deadline for 2021

Many employers put off the training in early 2020, due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and hoped by summer they could reschedule. Because in-person training continues to be difficult, many employers thought the governor might further extend the deadline. This is not the case. The deadline still stands, steadfast as January 1, 2021.

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Employment Screening | Sep 28, 2020

Why A Fast Screening Turnaround Matters!

Don’t risk a good candidate to slow screening turnaround. Filling a vacant position is far more important than just increasing your workforce. Your employees are part of your overall brand and culture. Hiring a risky candidate can mean possible theft, issues with timeliness or reliability, or worse, all of which can lead to termination and […]

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Federal Law Updates | Sep 28, 2020

California Update on Family and Medical Leave

California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under the CFRA Effective Jan. 1, 2021, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expand the law’s leave requirements to cover employers with at least five employees, provide new grounds for leave and remove leave limits. Explaining the CFRA The CFRA provides 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave […]

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Affordable Care Act | Sep 25, 2020

Supreme Court Vacancy May Affect ACA Litigation

On Sept. 18, 2020, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Whether the Court vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death should be filled prior to the November election is the subject of much controversy. Under federal law, the President is responsible for nominating a new Supreme Court Justice […]

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COVID-19 | Sep 23, 2020

Growing Tired of The Pandemic

Combating Pandemic Fatigue An unintentional phenomenon is on the rise—pandemic fatigue. Many people are tired of staying at home and want to be the social creatures they inherently are. In short, a lot of people want their “normal” back. Pandemic fatigue occurs when people show low motivation or energy to comply with safety guidelines. In […]

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Federal Law Updates | Sep 21, 2020

Verification of I-9 extended into November for some

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to November 19 Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing employers that are operating remotely to conduct a remote verification of approved Form I-9 documents. On Sept. 15, 2020, DHS extended yet again this exemption for an additional 60 days. […]

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COVID-19 | Sep 15, 2020

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Decision The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revisions were issued in response to a New York federal court decision that […]

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COVID-19 | Sep 11, 2020

Pandemic leading to struggles and substance abuse

Substance Abuse Among the Coronavirus Pandemic Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have cautioned the public about the potential negative mental health effects caused by these uncertain times. Even though staying at home, self-quarantining or isolating when necessary, and social distancing are necessary for preventing the spread of COVID-19, these actions […]

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COVID-19 | Sep 01, 2020

What Records To Keep – FFCRA

What records do I need to keep when my employee takes paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave? Regardless of whether you grant or deny a request for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave, you must document the following: The name of your employee requesting leave; The date(s) for which […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 31, 2020

Recruiting and screening have gone virtual during COVID-19.  

Are the days of face to face interviews gone? So much has changed in the job market since COVID-19 arrived. In the area of recruiting, both recruiters and candidates have been forced to adapt to virtual platforms for interviewing, and even going through the complete hiring process from home. Many companies are unexpectedly finding that hiring […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 27, 2020

Updated CDC Information for Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, employers are discerning appropriate actions to prioritize health and safety within their workplace. Organizations are responsible for protecting the health of their employees, which can include recommending self-quarantine to employees who have been exposed to COVID-19. An exposure to COVID-19 may take place within the workplace, or an employee […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 19, 2020

Form I-9 Extended Another 30 days!

Form I-9 Requirements FlexibilityExtended Past August 18 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 August 18. Because of ongoing precautions related to […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 18, 2020

DOL Reveals Revised FMLA forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) revised Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms this summer. Extensive changes have been made that require more specific information in notices and medical certifications. The use of the forms is optional as many employers create their own. It is important to note that additional changes to the forms could be […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 17, 2020

COVID-19 Brings Unemployment Related Scams

Unemployment Scams The presence of unemployment-related scams has grown in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Current unemployment scams include both fraudulent claims and unemployment-related phishing attempts. As many employers are currently dealing with the reality of a high amount of unemployment claims, organizations can take steps to prepare for fraudulent activity and to […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 11, 2020

More Relief in Executive Order By Trump

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Pandemic Relief President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order and three memorandums to address pandemic relief in response to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After negotiations for a relief package between the White House and lawmakers collapsed, the executive actions extend pandemic unemployment benefits, student […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 07, 2020

To Quarantine Or Not When Exposed Refresher

With Schools Starting Back, An Update About Quarantining When Exposed To COVID-19 If Your Child Becomes Exposed This article compiles important information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit cdc.gov/covid-19 for more information. We know that it is a tense time as we get into yet another month with COVID-19 sheltering and […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 05, 2020

Open Enrollment May Feel Different Among 2020 Pandemic

Post COVID-19:  Preparing for an Unprecedented Open Enrollment Period Open enrollment following the COVID-19 pandemic will be unlike any other in recent memory. Many organizations are still trying to recover from extended closures and maintain safe working environments—open enrollment is the last thing on their minds. Yet, procrastinating on enrollment planning can actually cause more […]

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COVID-19 | Aug 03, 2020

COVID-19: Supporting Caregiving Responsibilities

Coronavirus has created a unique and challenging caregiving situation for many. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, day cares and schools shut their doors. Months later, child care centers remain closed in many parts of the country, which means that parents are tasked with juggling caregiving and work responsibilities. In fact, according to a survey […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 27, 2020

Who Should Continue to Work From Home?

Deciding Who Should Continue to Work From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic As businesses across the country continue reopening and the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 cases looms, employers are facing difficult decisions regarding work-from-home arrangements. Some employers are opting to extend work-from-home arrangements until next year, others are asking all employees to […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 27, 2020

COVID-19 Question: Employee Exposed! Is It Too Late?

What should I do if I find out several days later, after an employee worked, they were diagnosed with COVID-19? It can happen… an employee means well, and keeps information to themselves, or delays testing and dismisses symptoms only to find out they are COVID-19 positive. Here is what the CDC recommends. If it has […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 27, 2020

COVID-19 Forces HR To Adjust

5 Ways COVID-19 Is Reshaping HR The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the entire world, it seems. With fluctuating infection rates and conflicting official guidance, organizations will need to adapt quickly if they want to succeed in the post-coronavirus landscape. HR teams stand at the forefront of these efforts. For years, HR departments have been […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 24, 2020

Business Hiring Process Reflects COVID-19 Safety

Hiring During COVID-19 Safety Mandates The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to affect the world and many businesses are taking significant measures to mitigate the spread of the disease, including cancelling major conferences, enforcing employee travel bans, and encouraging employees to work from home. As the numbers increase in many areas, employers continue to take steps to ensure the safety […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 21, 2020

New Q&As on COVID-19 Workplace Laws

DOL Releases More Q&As on Workplace Laws and COVID-19 Pandemic On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional guidance on applying federal employment laws in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is in the form of questions and answers added to sets of Q&As the […]

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IRS Updates | Jul 13, 2020

On W-2 Employers Must Report Pay for FFCRA Leave

Employers are required to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2, according to guidance from the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department. The guidance was provided in Notice 2020-54, issued by the agencies on July 8, 2020. How […]

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COVID-19 | Jul 06, 2020

Is this COVID-19 Case Work-related?

The COVID-19 pandemic is widespread across the country, and it’s likely that employers may be faced with the difficult situation of responding to an employee’s positive diagnosis and determining whether their illness is work-related. Before making any decisions, employers should consult legal counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws.

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COVID-19 | Jul 02, 2020

Deadline to apply for PPP extended through August 8.

Congress has passed legislation to extend the application deadline for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through Aug. 8, 2020. Prior to the extension, the deadline to apply for these funds was June 30, 2020. The extension enables eligible small businesses to apply for funding for five more weeks. The legislation has been sent to […]

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