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Beware of Call Center "Login Time" Class Actions

Do you know how much time it takes your call-center (non-exempt) reps to login to the system before they can clock-in to the timekeeping system?  Is it 15 seconds? 50 seconds? A few minutes as the hourglass spins and the programs load? If your employees are teleworking, does the clock-in process take longer because employees must first login to the remote network? Read more

OSHA Speaks, the CDC Listens: CDC Publishes

As blogged about here, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its Guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions. Within the Guidance, OSHA made it clear that employers should educate employees regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.  

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OSHA Updates COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance in Compliance with Executive Order

As directed by President Biden's January 21, 2021 Executive Order previously blogged about here , the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took the first step toward revamping national protections for workers from COVID-19 and issued updated guidance on preventing the exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Read more

President Biden Issues Executive Order on Workplace Safety

During the first week of his presidency, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued several executive orders, ranging from coronavirus, to immigration, to climate change.  None of this came as a surprise, but one in particular should be on every employers' radar screen. On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, which requires the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take "swift action" to protect all U.S. workplaces from the COVID-19 pandemic by: Read more

How Fraudsters Target Payroll Employees

Since our last blog about the increase in cyber-attacks on employers through phishing, vishing (voice phishing), and smishing (text phishing), we've received a number of inquiries about how unsuspecting employees get tricked and what to do to prevent it. Read more

IRS Modifies Guidance on 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Extending Repayment Period

Yesterday the IRS released Notice 2021-11 addressing how employers who elected to defer certain employees' taxes can withhold and pay the deferred taxes throughout 2021 instead of just the first four months of the year.   Read more

COVID-19 Litigation in 2021: COVID-19 Sick Leave Class Actions Are Here

With the start of the new year, we all want to forget about everything that 2020 and COVID-19 imposed on us.  Walmart, Inc., however, is facing a class action lawsuit related to COVID-19 sick pay that is sure to extend well into 2021 and beyond.   Read more

Planning to Continue Telework in 2021? Be Ready For Pandemic-Based Phishing Schemes

In December 2020, the Attorneys General from New Jersey, New York, and five other states reached a $2 million deal with CafePress to resolve claims relating to a data breach that exposed the personal information of 22 million consumers.  Yesterday, six current or former Canon U.S.A. employees filed a class action against the camera manufacturer in New York federal court after a data breach exposed their personal information, including bank account numbers utilized for payroll.   Read more

*New* Federal COVID-19 Aid Legislation Is Finally Here-What Employers Need to Know

Back in April 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Now, after months of debate, the second COVID-19 economic aid package, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, is here.  President Trump has not signed the new legislation into law just yet.  But a broad outline of the new legislation is below:

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance regarding how employers should manage COVID-19 vaccine decisions. The complete guidance can be found here. Here are 5 important takeaways from today's EEOC's publication:

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