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► Returning to Business But Not as Usual

September 28, 2020

“Unprecedented” will probably go down as one of this year’s most frequently uttered words. It does truly reflect the profound significance of our current situation. Because the result of the pandemic upon our business culture is indeed unprecedented, we need to find ways of ...

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► What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Most Americans are well aware of the risks of contracting COVID-19 by now. But work must go on, and when it does, there’s an additional risk of employees contracting the virus. Should this happen, it’s irrelevant whether they contracted it at the workplace; the key is to recognize ...

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► Cybersecurity Training for Remote and Shared Home Office Settings

September 22, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses that can have staff work remotely are doing so to a large extent. And remote work is likely to be more common in the long term than it was pre-COVID, with many companies expecting to make some of their COVID-inspired remote work changes permanent. ...

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► DOL Revises and Reaffirms Parts of Original FFCRA Regulations

September 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has responded to a federal judge’s ruling against regulations related to a COVID-19 relief act with revisions that in some ways reaffirm the DOL’s original position. In issuing the revised regulations implementing paid leave requirements under the ...

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► Employee with Coronavirus Files Suit Over Firing

September 15, 2020

An Ohio employee sued after being terminated for self-quarantining because of COVID-19. Although her lawsuit is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, federal laws do require most employers to provide coronavirus-related leave. Facts Kelley Nuttall worked as ...

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► DOL Clarifies Executive Order Extending Unemployment

September 11, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified the effect of the President's recent order that authorized additional funding for unemployment benefits. However, it’s unclear how long the funds will last. The August 8 order, technically a “presidential memorandum,” offers ...

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► Tax Holiday or Headache? Tax Deferral Plan Creates Challenges for Employers

September 3, 2020

President Trump’s plan to defer payroll taxes for many employees through the end of the year is sparking questions and criticism from employers—questions about how to implement the plan and criticism that the “tax holiday” may hurt more than it helps.  On August 8, ...

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► Administering COBRA Notices in a COVID-19 World

August 26, 2020

Recent federal agency guidance includes important information and extensions of various deadlines affecting employee benefit plans to include extensions of continuation coverage notice and election periods under COBRA. This article focuses solely on the COBRA-related rules, including a summary ...

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► New EEOC Guidance Clarifies ADA Protections Related to Opioids

August 24, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking steps to clarify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects opioid use among employees. While employers generally dread the thought of opioid use since it can pose safety risks, trigger absenteeism, hamper productivity, ...

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► Impact of Supreme Court's Two Rulings for Religious Employers

August 20, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases , both by 7-2 votes, involving religion’s impact on employment. First, the Court clarified the applicability of the ministerial exemption for religious schools and organizations from the federal antidiscrimination laws. Second, the ...

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