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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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Should You Make a Second Draw PPP Loan Application?

By News

The deadline for Second Draw PPP Loan applications is coming up quickly on March 31. Eligible employers include (1) those who received a First Draw loan and have or will use all of the proceeds and (2) those who can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. What’s different about qualifying this time around is applicants are capped at those businesses with no more than 300…

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IRS Provides Retroactive Guidance on Employee Retention Credit for 2020, Certain PPP Loan Recipients May Apply

By Payroll

On March 1, the IRS issued much needed guidance (via Notice 2021-20) for employers attempting to claim the employee retention credit under the CARES Act (signed March 27, 2020), as modified by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 or the RELIEF Act (signed December 27, 2020). The guidance clarifies what most already knew is that for 2020, the employee retention credit can be claimed by employers who paid qualified wages after…

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Define Your Work From Home (WFH) Program to Improve Productivity

By Corporate culture, Policies and Procedures

Whether your business is like Facebook – and considering instituting a permanent work from home program for all staff – or you’re faced with on-going requests for temporary work from home assignments to accommodate real life issues employees have balancing work, health and families, instituting a formal Work From Home Program will help assure accountability and impartiality when implementing your program. A strong Work From Home Program should include policies for employee participation but will…

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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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