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Workers’ Comp Policies Should Reflect Your Current Payroll Numbers

By Workers' Compensation

Have you checked your workers’ compensation policy lately? It’s a good idea to compare your current payroll numbers against the number of employees you are covering under your policy. Rules regarding workers’ compensation insurance vary by state. In Georgia, for example, you are required by law to have workers’ comp insurance if your business has three or more employees. In any case, adequate workers’ comp coverage is a must no matter where you do business….

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Healthcare Provider Vaccine Mandate Still in Effect for January 4

By COVID-19, Healthcare Worker Mandate

Employees of healthcare providers that accept Medicare and Medicaid are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, in accordance with a federal vaccine mandate issued in November. However, the situation is a bit of a moving target with court challenges possibly affecting the deadline. What is the healthcare worker mandate? An emergency regulation was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November in conjunction with other federal vaccine…

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Build Back Better Act: What Businesses Need to Know Now

By Build Back Better Act

On November 19, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which would include the first federal enhancement of family and medical leave for private sector workers since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) took effect in 1993. The BBBA is far from official yet, as it faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate. However, there are provisions that employers should be concerned about if it passes, such…

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Build Back Better Act: Provisions That Will Impact Employees

By Affordable Care Act, Build Back Better Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) on November 19, 2021, a sweeping legislation that could significantly bolster employee protections and benefits. While the Act is far from being passed, some of its provisions are generating buzz for both employers and employees. Backers of the legislation hope that by addressing many workers’ pain points, more people can get back to work with fewer hurdles. Affordable Care Act (ACA) Amendments. The…

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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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