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Combat Burnout and Retain Valuable Workers with Sustainable Relief Options

By Employee Retention, Employment News

More than a year after the start of the pandemic, the nation is overjoyed to see a return to normalcy and social interactions. However, employers are finding more and more employees suffering from burnout than ever and the costs may be high. Front-line and essential workers were hit hard over the last year, working increased hours in stressful situations while the rest of the world seemed to watch from the safety of home. Now that…

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Businesses Hopeful as More States End Extended Unemployment Benefits

By Employment News, Hiring

Georgia businesses breathed a sigh of relief as the state joined others in ending extended federal pandemic unemployment benefits on June 27, 2021. At least 26 states are either planning to end or have already ended the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit before its September expiration date. As of June 24, almost 93,000 Georgians received extended benefits through the PEUC program. It is too early to say whether reducing unemployment benefits has improved current staffing…

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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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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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Should Employers Require That Employees Get the COVID Vaccine?

By Employment News, News

According to preliminary research reported back in September, approximately 90% of the US population remains susceptible to the novel coronavirus. CDC Director Robert Redfield also said that to reach herd immunity (when enough of the population is immune to prevent outbreaks), immunity rates must reach 60-80%. For more information from this Senate hearing, check out this link. While this information isn’t surprising, businesses are trying to figure out their place in the vaccine flood expected…

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PPP Loan Forgiveness: Don’t Rush into the Wrong Decision

By Employment News, News

Now that the banks (with guidance from the SBA and the U.S. Treasury) are finally opening their doors to PPP Loan forgiveness, dutiful borrowers and their accounting staff are anxious to get their forgiveness applications rolling and the loans off their books. As the initial spirit or “intent” of the loan was to provide coverage for payroll, rent and utilities for a period of 8 weeks, it’s logical that most businesses are starting their application…

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New, Easy Forgiveness for PPP Loans of $50,000 or Less

By Employment News, News

To provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, finally released a simpler loan forgiveness application exclusively for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. Approval of PPP forgiveness applications and remittance of payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers began on October 2, 2020. Visit: https://www.sba.gov/article/2020/oct/08/sba-treasury-announce-simpler-ppp-forgiveness-loans-50000-or-less for more details, instructions and to download the forgiveness application.

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New IRS Guidance Allows for a Payroll Tax Holiday: Should Your Employees Participate?

By Employment News, Payroll, Withholding Taxes

  The IRS issued Notice 2020-65 on August 28, allowing employers to suspend withholding of employees’ Social Security payroll taxes as part of COVID-19 relief. The IRS is essentially giving employees a loan to try and help them through a tough period but it remains to be seen whether those employees who often live paycheck to paycheck will be able to afford to repay the loan, through a doubling of their payroll deductions next spring….

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New Georgia Lactation Law Requires Paid Breaks

By Employment Law, Employment News, Uncategorized

Georgia passed HB 1090 on August 5, 2020, which requires employers to provide reasonable break time to working mothers who desire to express breast milk at their worksite during working hours. The new law also requires employers to provide working mothers with a private location, other than a restroom, where they can express milk. And in contrast to existing Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it requires that the lactation breaks be paid at the…

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Preparing for PPP Loan Forgiveness

By Employment News, News

As many of the businesses who applied for and were granted PPP loans have since exhausted their funds, we’re beginning to receive calls from diligent accounting professionals and controllers requesting assistance documenting their spend. Simultaneously, we’re beginning to hear from banks that they will be opening their doors to loan forgiveness applicants very soon. Here’s the rub: very few if any banks have clearly spelled out what they want to see in their loan forgiveness…

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