Yearly Archives

2021

Losing HR Personnel to Business Impacts of COVID-19? Think Twice Before Automating Key Seats on the Bus

By News

While there is a lot being said about the rapid increase of automation to replace the human workforce in the face of a global lockdown, not all businesses practices are better accomplished with software rather than the thoughtful personal service of a human being. At MarathonHR, this has been a long-held tenant of our business as we routinely face and fend off “the big guys” when providing payroll and HR services to clients of all…

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How Recently Have You Update the Doctors Identified on the Worker’s Comp Physician Panel?

By Workers' Compensation

Most employers are diligent about posting their Worker’s Compensation Panel in the area of their office designated from required employee notices. Regrettably not all employers are diligent about keeping them up to date. As we addressed in our earlier post, The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Panel of Physicians: Are You Following the Rules?, inclusion of an up to date list of Physicians is one of the 12 requirements for maintaining a current Worker’s Comp Panel. Six…

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IRS Extends Distribution Deadline for Health Care Reporting Forms 1095-C and 1095-B

By Payroll

Shortly after our October blog post explained reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS announced an extension of the deadline for distributing those forms. On October 2, 2020, the IRS announced it would extend the deadline for employers to provide employees with a copy of their 1095-C or 1095-B reporting form, as required by the ACA, moving the deadline from January 31 to March 2. This is the fourth year in a…

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Employers are Required to Post Form 300A Regardless of Whether They Had Workplace Injuries in 2020

By OSHA Regulations, Workplace Injuries

Employers with more than 10 employees are required to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the prior year and were logged with OSHA via Form 300, the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Employers who reported no injuries or illnesses in 2020 may simply enter “zero” on the total line on Form 300A. The form must be signed and certified by a…

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Save Time Next Year by Reporting Form W-2 Before the Annual January 31 Deadline

By Best Practices, Payroll

As most employers or individuals with responsibility for running payroll know, January 31 is the deadline for filing Form W-2s with Social Security as well as for distributing them to employees. What most may not consider is the importance or at least the advantage of filing those W-2 forms early. Receipt of W-2s prior to the January 31 deadline allows time for employees to review and notify their employers of inaccurate information. At MarathonHR, we…

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GDOL Announces Delay in 2021 Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate Notices

By Employment News, Uncategorized

Under normal circumstances MarathonHR would have received notification of your new unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate before January 1. As 2020 was anything but normal, it should come as little surprise to employers to learn that the Georgia Department of Labor is running behind and now estimates that UI tax rates will be available to employers via the DOL Employer Portal in February. How does this impact you?  Employer Quarterly Tax and Wage reports will…

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When Do School Closures Qualify for EFLMEA

By Employment Law, FMLA

With another round of school closures prominent in local media, employees who are not able to work from home may be turning to their employers to inquire about their eligibility for paid leave. As we mentioned in an earlier article, requirements outlined in the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) expired December 31 with FCCRA but for employers who voluntarily offer benefits through March 31, there is still a tax deduction available. Why you…

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Guidelines for Protecting Your Business When Workers Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

By Best Practices

Last year we shared best practices from the CDC about how to minimize risk associated with persons who had been exposed. As we continue to receive calls from concerned business owners almost daily, we wanted revisit the current and always evolving recommendations. In addition to this simple to understand graphic above, we’re encouraging clients to go right to the source and download the current Georgia Department of Public Health Quarantine Guidance: https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/quarantine-guidance-what-do-if-you-were-exposed-someone-novel-coronavirus-covid/download

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How the Consolidated Appropriations Act Changed EPSL and EFLMA for 2021

By Employment Law, FMLA, Sick Leave

Although most of the benefits associated with Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed last March expired on December 31, 2020, many of the COVID-19 related issues it was created to address still exist. Employers should note that when the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) was passed on December 27, 2020, it did not extend the employers’ obligation to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave or emergency family and medical leave, but it did extend…

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