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2021

Forming and Following an Employment Document Retention Strategy

By Hiring, Recordkeeping, Recruiting

Your employment documentation strategy needs to address the people you hire as well as the ones that you don’t hire. Each organization should maintain a hiring file of documents generated during the recruiting and evaluation process for each position on your staff. A thorough hiring file should include the following items: Job postings Applications and resumes received Any communications with a recruiter, if one was used Interview notes Reference checks Evaluation and assessment results Applicant…

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The Emergency Use Authorization Doesn’t Skirt Employer Mandates for Vaccination

By Policies and Procedures

We’ve already shared guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding employer’s ability to require vaccine immunization of their workers without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII or other federal anti-discrimination laws. Now that workers are returning to the workplace and hiring is picking up, employers are finding themselves faced with employees and candidates trying to use the Emergency Use Authorization as an opt-out for such mandates. Some misinterpretation comes into…

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A Free Tesla is One Way to Get Employees Back to the Office

By Corporate culture

With vaccination rates on the rise and infections rates thankfully falling in most parts of the country, business owners are starting to rethink their 100% work from home (WFH) strategy and encourage employees to come back to the office. Whether it is for increased productivity, more opportunities for collaboration, enhanced security or even training, employers faced with a multitude of reasons why they want to get the band back together again are wrestling with the…

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American Rescue Plan Allows SMBs Tax Credits for Offering Sick Leave to Employees for Vaccinations and Recovery

By Sick Leave

As part of President Biden’s announcement on April 21 that he expected to meet his goal of 200 million shots administered in the first 100 days of his administration, he put a call out to employers encouraging them “to do everything they can to help their employees – and their communities – get vaccinated.” He went on to advocate that “providing paid time off for vaccinations is an investment in the safety, productivity and health…

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Make Sure You’re Ready for Truly Remote Employees

By Hiring

When nearly every business who was able adopted a work from home policy in 2020, employees began to reconsider where they lived while employers simultaneously began to wonder if they could expand the allowable geography for evaluating new candidates. Fast forward into 2021 where the news is filled with stories about businesses who allowed their staff to relocate to warmer and cheaper locales and many employers are beginning to ask: does it really matter from…

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Updating Your Standard Phone Screen Questions

By Hiring, Recruiting

Much like everything else in your business, hiring looks different in the spring of 2021. Once routine practices for screening employee candidates before you brought them in for the first real interview may need revisiting. While some businesses have maintained an entirely remote workforce and others have returned to a safe but socially distanced office, there is yet another group of businesses with a hybrid approach operating somewhere in between. This patchwork of operations makes…

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Expansion of COBRA Requires Updated Notices

By Employment Law

With the expansion of COBRA eligibility under ARPA comes a requirement for updated information to be posted in your office along with all other mandatory notices as well and distributed to all individuals who may no longer be in your employment but are eligible for the benefit and subsidy. While the provision went into effect on April 1, the legislation allows federal agencies 30-45 days to provide model notices. Rest assured that once notices are…

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ARPA Provides 100% Employer Credit, Expands COBRA Enrollment Rights

By Employment Law, Employment News

Beginning April 1, 2021 and continuing through September 30, 2021, group health plans providing COBRA continuation coverage are required to offer a 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for individuals eligible for COBRA due to involuntary termination or reduction in hours. The premium subsidy is advanced by the employer and is not taxable to the former employee. Employers will be reimbursed via a refundable credit against their Medicare payroll tax liability. Individuals without a COBRA election…

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ARPA Provides Expansion and Extension of the Employee Paid Sick Leave Act

By Sick Leave

With the approval of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11 came a not unanticipated expansion and extension of the EPSL benefits initially offered under provisions of the FCCRA in April 2020 and outlined in a prior post last summer. As you may recall, employers with fewer than 500 employees were required to provide COVID-19-related paid emergency family medical leave (EFMLEA) and emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) in exchange for a corresponding tax credit….

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Can Employers Require that New Hires Be Vaccinated?

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures

In December we addressed the very popular topic of whether employers should require current employees be vaccinated before returning to office. Now, as more businesses are opening up and there are signs of improvement in the economy, some employers may be considering hiring new staff for their existing businesses while others are seeking talent for newly opened businesses. The standard for treatment of existing employees versus consideration of new applicants is dissimilar and warrants further…

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