These are unprecedented times, a viral pandemic colliding with a large social uprising. Our normal, physically and emotionally, is being challenged while working fulltime. The psychological impact of these events and the way it carries over into the workplace cannot be overstated. Leaders seeking to create an inclusive environment must find ways to address these topics. Read More
Excitement is building as our state starts the re-entry phase back into our ‘new normal’ but it also brings about increased anxiety for many employers and/or employees. I think it is safe to assume that reopening small businesses won’t likely be as simple as switching on the lights and welcoming employees back in the doors.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The Act took effect April 1, 2020, and it sunsets on December 31, 2020. These FAQs are intended to answer many of the questions you might have as you try to comply with this complicated emergency legislation and to provide sick or leave pay to your affected employees. Read More
Companies are scrambling to respond as the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, spreads around the world. As businesses evaluate how they can weather this storm while stopping the spread of the Coronavirus and treating their employees respectfully, there are some significant variances to know in regards to potentially downsizing your workforce. Read More
As expected, a new edition of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form has been issued for public use. The new edition is dated 10/21/2019 and will become mandatory on May 1, 2020. Through April 30, 2020, employers can continue to use the previous edition of Form I-9, dated 07/17/2017. For validation, employers can confirm that they are using the current and correct edition of the form by checking the form date in the lower left corner, which should read 10/21/2019, and the expiration date in the upper right corner, which should read 10/31/2022. Read More
On January 1, 2020 the new Salary Threshold rule takes effect. Employers will be required to pay most executive, administrative, and professional employees at least $684 per week ($35,568 per year). To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet certain duties tests. If they are paid less or do not meet the tests, they must be paid 1 1/2 times their regular hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work week. Read More
It is that time of year, the holidays. Stress levels rise through the roof as we try to manage the busyness of the season with everyday stressors; it can feel like a pressure cooker! Offering your employees, the benefit of an EAP helps them to feel supported on a continual basis, whether those stressors are seasonal, every day or major life changes. Many EAPs often go unused because employees don’t know about them, understand what they provide, or employees may feel there’s a stigma around using these services. Or, some employers just don’t offer an EAP in their benefits package. Let’s look into how they can positively affect your whole organization.
#MeToo Movement is a widely used term and hashtag as of late. The Me Too concept was actually founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke and was intended to help survivors of sexual violence find pathways to healing. Read More
Have you double checked lately to determine if the I-9 forms you have on file are up to date and compliant? Give yourself piece of mind by brushing up on the requirements and avoiding a formal I-9 audit from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. Read More
Are you familiar with E-Verify?
E-Verify is an internet-based system that is available in all 50 states and it compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility in the United States.