Correction: COVID Sick Leave Effective Date for Massachusetts

2021-06-10T06:28:29-04:00June 10th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Last week we notified you about the new Massachusetts COVID sick leave law that we believed took effect on June 7 based on the text of the bill that was available on the state legislature’s website. At that time, the state [...]

Massachusetts Passes Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

2021-06-07T17:51:29-04:00June 7th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Starting June 7, employers are required to provide paid COVID-19 sick leave to employees who can’t work because of COVID. COVID sick leave is in addition to other leaves the employer provides, whether required by law or provided as part of [...]

OSHA Reversal: Recording Vaccine Reactions in the Workplace

2021-05-27T10:59:19-04:00May 27th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

Employers that encourage or require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus must carefully navigate legal requirements and government recommendations—but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently gave employers a break by saying they don't have to record [...]

OSHA Imposes New Rule For Employer-Required COVID-19 Vaccines

2021-05-07T08:13:36-04:00May 7th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

New guidance from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is causing some to change their COVID-19 vaccine requirements. On April 20, OSHA released the new guidance in the frequently asked questions section of its website for COVID-19 safety compliance. The [...]

The Struggle to Hire and What Businesses Can Do About It

2021-05-05T01:54:58-04:00May 3rd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, General Industry News, Labor News|

If you’re finding it difficult to hire employees, you’re not alone. Bloomberg reports that many small businesses are struggling to find people who currently want to work—in fact, 42% say they have jobs they can’t fill. The number of people quitting [...]

How You Can Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19

2021-04-26T08:35:27-04:00April 26th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits|

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra [...]

Important Update: DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance and Model Notices

2021-04-13T09:26:12-04:00April 12th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) published FAQs to further explain this COBRA subsidy and provided models of the required related notices. Notable Points from the FAQs Eligibility Based on Reduction in Hours.   The FAQs take an expansive view [...]

IMPORTANT: The American Rescue Plan Act Creates COBRA Subsidies and New Notice Requirements Starting April 1st

2021-04-05T12:23:50-04:00March 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

As part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”), certain COBRA eligible individuals are eligible for temporary premium subsidies April 1 to September 30, 2021. These subsidies will cover 100 percent of the premium for [...]

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

2021-03-30T12:36:02-04:00March 29th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

A bill to move the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31 won approval in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The final vote to approve the PPP Extension Act of 2021, H.R. [...]

Legislative Update: American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

2021-03-17T16:41:01-04:00March 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that [...]

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