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Breaking News! DOL Guidance On Mandatory, Employer-Paid COBRA Subsidies Is Here

As we blogged about here, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes several provisions impacting employers, their benefits plans, and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requirements. 

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Attention Illinois Employers! SB 1480—Illinois Enacts New Background Check Rules (Part 1)

A new Illinois law, Senate Bill 1480 (“SB 1480”) is now in effect that (1) limits employers’ ability to consider criminal convictions in making hiring and employment decisions, and (2) imposes new procedural requirements before taking adverse employment actions relating to background checks. Here is a summary of what employers need to know: Read more

The American Rescue Plan Act Extends and Expands the FFCRA What Employers Need to Know!

President Biden has signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the ARPA). Among other things, the ARPA incentivizes employers to continue to provide COVID-19 paid sick leave by extending the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credits through September 30, 2021. Read more

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

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