22 September 2020
Remote I-9 completion continued to November 19: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is again extending the flexibilities in rules concerning Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) compliance that were granted earlier this year. Because of the continued COVID-19 precautions, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the policy for another 60 days with the accommodations now set to expire November 19, 2020.
15 September 2020
Four generations at work, numerous mediums to use, and new technology to master – does your organization have a need for a class on communication etiquette?
15 September 2020
U.S. DOL updates FFCRA regulations: The U.S. Department of labor updated their FFCRA regulations to conform with the Southern District of New York’s August 3, 2020 decision invalidating certain parts of the regulations.
8 September 2020
Positive drug tests are the highest reported in long time: According to a new Quest Diagnostics study, employers saw the highest rate of positive workforce drug test results since 2003. As expected, marijuana was the most detected drug, including in states where marijuana remains illegal. The study reported a surge in positive results in the Midwest for cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
1 September 2020
Make sure you track employee hours who work remotely: On August 24, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (2020-5) in order "to clarify" employers’ obligation to track the number of hours of compensable work performed by employees who are teleworking or otherwise working away from premises controlled by their employers.
25 August 2020
Form I-9 requirements flexibility extended for an additional 30 days: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification due to COVID-19.
18 August 2020
DOL Wage and Hour reviewing school closing with respect to the FFCRA: Currently FAQ #70 covers school closings. In FAQ 70, they answer the question, “My child’s school or place of care has moved to online instruction or to another model in which children are expected or required to complete assignments at home.
18 August 2020
2020 has been a year of learning and re-imagining for the HR Community. So why not go back to 1776 and see what we can learn. The play Hamilton has set box office records and received widespread critical acclaim since it opened in 2015. Earlier this summer the play debuted on Disney+ and sparked a renewed interest.
11 August 2020
Governor Whitmer prohibits firing of employees who may be sick or exposed to someone sick: Under a new executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last Friday afternoon, employers are prohibited from firing or otherwise disciplining or retaliating against employees who stay home when they or close contacts are sick.
4 August 2020
Having employees sign waivers not a popular move: Although employers have expressed a keen interest in using waivers to try to limit their liability in the event a worker, customer, or visitor contracts COVID-19 on-site, very few are pulling the trigger, according to a new survey from Blank Rome LLP.
28 July 2020
ACA affordability updated for 2021: For the 2021 plan year, employer-sponsored health coverage will meet the Affordable Care Act’s affordability standards if the required employee contribution doesn't exceed 9.83% of household income (up from 9.78% in 2020).
21 July 2020
DHS extends I-9 requirement flexibility: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19.
14 July 2020
Healthcare costs are rising: Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance grew 5% to average $20,576 last year, according to new research from the Kaiser Family Foundation—the first-time costs topped $20,000.
7 July 2020
Payroll bill will make things easier for remote workforce: The Senate has introduced the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020. The act would limit the authority of states or other taxing jurisdictions to tax wages and other remuneration from employment in other states or taxing jurisdictions. A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. House in 2020.
7 July 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic, more is being demanded from HR than possibly any other time in history. Virtually overnight, HR moved from a focus on recruiting and retaining scarce talent in a tight labor market to coping with massive layoffs, furloughs, budget constraints, remote work, and historic levels of employee anxiety. Seldom has HR’s job been more challenging.