Furlough, Lay-Off, Reduction in Force: What Does It All Mean?

2020-03-26T15:38:48-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of jobs are being lost to shelter-in-place orders and lack of customers. People have been hearing the terms furlough, lay-off, and reduction in force far more than usual given these uncertain [...]

DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1

2020-03-26T15:20:24-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April - Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). [...]

DOL Releases Information on Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave

2020-03-25T13:42:32-04:00March 25th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

On Tuesday March 24th, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced its first round of published information for employees and employers to know how to use the protection and relief offer. According to The U.S. [...]

DOL Resources to Help Workers During COVID-19

2020-03-25T09:02:39-04:00March 25th, 2020|Employee Benefits Legislation, General Industry News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

A number of resources both employers and workers can use to combat issues presented by the COVID-19 crisis are being provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides several of [...]

Homeland Security Defines Vehicle Service and Repair as ‘Essential’

2020-03-23T12:07:17-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News|

Vehicle service and repair personnel are considered "essential" and may continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a guidance list issued of essential critical infrastructure workers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The March 19 [...]

Car Dealerships Want To Be Considered ‘Essential’ So They Can Stay Open During The Pandemic

2020-03-20T11:37:23-04:00March 20th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News|

Trade groups representing car dealerships and auto manufacturers asked President Trump to declare car dealerships "essential" businesses, which therefore should be exempt from potential "shelter in place" rules prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to the president [...]

Telehealth: Easy Alternative to Doctor Office Visits

2020-03-17T08:42:20-04:00March 17th, 2020|Employee Benefits|

The coronavirus pandemic is entering a new stage of global spread. More than 125,000 people have been infected, and more than 4,500 have died across more than 100 countries where cases have been reported. The outbreak has generated a frenzy [...]

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

2020-03-12T13:18:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Wellness|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks [...]

Poor Sleep Habits Could Double Risk of Cardiovascular Disease for Older Adults

2020-03-06T08:24:14-05:00March 6th, 2020|Wellness|

Did you get your seven hours last night? By now, most of us know that a good night’s sleep is vital to our well-being. But studies have shown that it’s not just the duration of dozing that matters — the [...]