U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $11.5 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

2020-06-02T12:36:06-04:00June 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

(VIA OHSA.GOV) WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint [...]

Five Restroom Upgrades to Improve Hand Washing and Minimize Germs

2020-06-02T10:37:48-04:00June 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

With many essential workers already at work and many others soon to be back in offices, companies and organizations have a big feat to face in the post-pandemic age: keeping bathrooms sanitary and employees distant. Of course, cleaning bathrooms [...]

The Mental Health Challenges of COVID-19

2020-06-02T10:03:25-04:00June 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Wellness|

The public is gripped by fear of the novel coronavirus of 2019 (COVID-19) and by worry over whether the health system will be able to treat them or their loved ones should they become ill. Consequently, clinical and public [...]

Treasury Department and SBA Release PPP Forgiveness Application Form

2020-05-19T10:05:21-04:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) just released the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application.  The accompanying instructions and worksheets are very helpful in explaining how employers who borrowed PPP money can obtain forgiveness [...]

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

2020-05-18T11:12:57-04:00May 18th, 2020|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit Flexible spending accounts are about to get more flexible for people who have seen their household budgets upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. Account holders will [...]

New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

2020-05-18T09:34:34-04:00May 18th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Guidance Applies to Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage, Health FSAs and DCAPs On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020. The changes are [...]

U.S. Treasury Provides Safe Harbor For PPP Loans Under $2 Million

2020-05-14T11:00:33-04:00May 14th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News|

Businesses that accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to have performed the required certification concerning the necessity of their loan requests in good faith, according to guidance posted by the U.S. [...]

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce State-By-State Re-Opening Guidelines

2020-05-11T11:04:57-04:00May 11th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates|

As states have started re-opening for business with guidelines, here is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s interactive map which summarizes state-specific reopening information to help businesses navigate local rules and guidelines. The map details information about employee screening, limits on [...]

Reminder: How to Properly Wear and Remove a Mask

2020-05-01T09:21:23-04:00May 1st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

Face masks are one tool utilized for preventing the spread of disease.  They may also be called dental, isolation, laser, medical, procedure, or surgical masks. Face masks are loose-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth, and have ear [...]

Keeping Workplaces Safe: Employer Responsibilities

2020-05-01T08:33:12-04:00May 1st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

Employers across the nation are in uncharted territory when it comes to keeping their workplace and its customers safe against an unfamiliar virus in Covid-19. Under the OSH Act of 1970 “the employer shall furnish to each of his [...]