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Responsible Reopening Practices for Businesses

By Best Practices, News

The latest executive order from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued on May 12 and effective May 14, 2020 states that all residents and visitors: Must continue to practice social distancing Are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their residences, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors, and Must practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The order also continues to prohibit “gatherings of persons”…

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Making Decisions Regarding PPP Loan Disbursements

By Employment News, News

Key Points: Small businesses are starting to receive approval on their Paycheck Protection Program loans. The program is intended to enable rehiring of furloughed workers. Some businesses are using the funds immediately to rehire workers while others are evaluating other options. As businesses start to receive approval on their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, decisions will need to be made about furloughing or rehiring employees, depending on the business’s needs. The PPP’s Intent The Small…

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Are Hardship Withdrawals from Your Retirement Account a Good Idea Right Now? Experts Say No.

By Employment News, News, Retirement Planning

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains a provision that allows up to $100,000 be withdrawn from a 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan without the 10% early withdrawal penalty that is typically imposed on withdrawals made before the account owner reaches age 59-1/2. Those who decide to use this option can claim a “coronavirus related distribution” (CRD). According to Market Watch, a CRD can be taken by any person who has…

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GDOL Offers Unemployment Claims Tips for Employers

By Employment News, News

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed of the latest labor-related announcements, we wanted to share some information released for employers by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) this week. As the GDOL works to process an unprecedented volume of claims, it offers the following advice for helping them get benefits out to employees as quickly and efficiently as possible. Employer Filed (Partial) Claims All Georgia employers are required to file partial claims online…

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Georgia DOL Completes Process for Adding $600 in Federal Payments to Unemployment Benefits

By Employment News, News

On Thursday, April 2, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held a conference call to discuss the implementation of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. A significant component of the CARES Act is the provision of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 weekly in addition to regular state benefits. The Georgia DOL has signed all of the necessary agreements to access funding for this program. You can read more about the state’s…

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Payroll Protection is the Next Big Thing

By News, Payroll

While government and financial institutions prepare to implement the stimulus package, businesses should be getting ready to apply for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. We wanted to share some resources that are helpful to review in order to understand what you will need to do next regarding payroll protection for employees. Check out the U.S. Chamber’s guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Watch this webinar replay of the…

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New FCCRA Provision Allows Some Employers to Recover Leave-Related Payroll Expenses

By Uncategorized

The news flowing about approved and pending legislation related to the Coronavirus is monumental and complex to interpret. In addition to the legal briefs that we shared with you on Friday, more information has come to our attention that you need to consider when evaluating leave requests from staff. Please read: U.S. Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly…

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act Will Impact Your Business

By Employment Law, News

Below are two briefs from our labor attorneys that cover the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the recent change in the GA DOL’s reporting of partial Unemployment Insurance Claims. BRIEF #1: Congress Finalizes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare to Provide Paid Sick Leave and FMLA BRIEF 2: Emergency Changes to Georgia Unemployment with Harsh Penalties for Employers In Response To COVID-19 If you are reducing the hours of full or part-time staff, these…

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Marathon HR is Here For You!

By News

In the current environment, we realize that you may have questions about how the coronavirus is affecting our operations. The good news is that it’s largely business as usual for Marathon – but with some modifications. While the situation is fluid, we have no current plans to change our work hours or availability, but are following stricter procedures for keeping our offices as clean and sanitized as possible. To help our staff stay safe and healthy,…

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New FCCRA Provision Allows Some Employers to Recover Leave-Related Payroll Expenses

By Employment News, News

The news flowing about approved and pending legislation related to the Coronavirus is monumental and complex to interpret. In addition to the legal briefs that we shared with you on Friday, more information has come to our attention that you need to consider when evaluating leave requests from staff. Please read: U.S. Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly…

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