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Vaccine Mandate Looms for Employers

By COVID-19, Employment Law, Employment News, OSHA Regulations, Vaccine Mandates

Under the federal vaccine mandate announced by the Biden administration, many large employers will be required to have their workers vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID-19 testing. The current deadline for compliance is January 4, but the situation is a moving target. On Saturday, November 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit halted the requirements pending their review. Republican attorneys general in at least 26 states have challenged President Biden’s vaccine and…

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Vaccine Mandates Go into Effect for Certain Health Care Workers

By Employment Law, Employment News, Vaccine Mandates

In conjunction with the federal vaccine mandate announced for employers with 100 employees or more, the Biden Administration has announced that employees of health care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The emergency regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is intended to protect health care workers on the front lines of fighting the virus from getting the virus themselves, while also providing assurances to…

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Federal Contractors Subject to Latest Vaccine Mandate

By Employment Law, Employment News, Vaccine Mandates

Along with the federal vaccine mandate announced by the Biden Administration for employers with 100 employees or more, the White House has announced that federal contractors will now fall under the same requirements. Previously, the administration announced vaccine requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors in September. According to the latest Fact Sheet, federal contractors may have some workplaces subject to the requirements for federal contractors and other workplaces subject to the newly-released COVID-19 Vaccination and…

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How can an employer be prepared for accident reporting?

By Employment Law, Employment News, OSHA Regulations, Risk Management & Safety

Each February 1 through April 30, employers are required to display OSHA Form 300A, which is a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. If there are multiple locations, a business is required to complete a Form 300 and 300A for each physical establishment. Form 300A should be posted in a visible location where employees can view accident totals for their specific workplace site. Both Form 300 and Form 301 must be…

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Tips on Tips: Understanding Requirements for Reporting Gratuities

By Tips and Gratuities, Withholding Taxes

For employers with employees who rely on tips as part of their income – restaurants, hair and nail salons, other service industries – it’s important to understand gratuities and how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects them to be reported. Is there a difference between tips and gratuities? A gratuity can take the form of either a tip or a service charge. Tips are discretionary (optional or extra) payments that a customer gives to an…

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Creating a Happy Workplace Amid the ‘Big Quit’

By Employee Retention

Employers today find themselves in a rather unusual labor market. Not only is it difficult to fill open positions, employees are reportedly ‘leaving their jobs in droves,’ according to a recent CNBC article. In August alone, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs – either leaving the workforce entirely or in search of better pay and job security. If the thought of a mass exodus of employees from your business makes you shudder, here are a…

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Hiring Out-of-State Employees to Expand Your Labor Pool Isn’t as Easy as it Sounds

By Hiring

In today’s robust labor market, it’s tempting to draw in new employees from across state lines. After all, the pandemic has shown us that many jobs can be performed remotely just as easily as in the office. However, having a workforce based in multiple states is not as easy as it sounds. There are variances in labor laws, differences in payroll tax requirements, and other factors to consider. So, what should you take into account…

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When Accidents Happen, Proper Documentation is a Must

By OSHA Regulations

It’s a fact of life – accidents happen. While it’s impossible to predict or anticipate accidents in the workplace, one thing that employers can prepare for is recordkeeping and reporting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most employers with 10 or more employees to keep detailed records of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. What must an employer do when an accident happens? OSHA requires that injurious accidents are recorded on a Log of…

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Student Loan Repayment Now a Tax-Free Benefit

By Employee Retention, Employment News

There has been much said about the deferral of student loan repayment provided under the CARES Act, but less attention paid to the option for employer-provided student loan repayment assistance. Both benefits have or were scheduled to expire until The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), passed at the end of 2020, extended the CARES Act student loan provisions to allow employers to make tax-exempt loan-repayment contributions of up to $5,250 through 2025. Employers looking for…

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IRS Tax Processing Center Still Suffering Backlogs Due to 2020 Closures

By News

According to an audit published this month by the Department of Treasury, at the end of calendar year 2019, the IRS reported a carryover of 239,285 unprocessed business returns. At the end of calendar year 2020, a carryover inventory of 7,967,182 business returns was reported (a 3230% increase). Even with the promised addition (a budgeted line item for hiring) of new workers, the IRS and downstream departments are still remarkably behind. Certain systems haven’t been…

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