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OSHA Posted a New ETS Regarding COVID-19
On June 21, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an expansive new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for those who provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. Effective immediately, the new standard was created to protect health care service workers from COVID-19.  Some of t...
Should Employers Mandate or Encourage COVID-19 Vaccines?
Can employers require mandatory COVID-19 vaccines? In the first case of first impression, a judge in Houston, Texas dismissed a lawsuit regarding a hospital worker who refused a mandatory vaccine (June 12, 2021).  Per hospital mandate, to continue employment with Houston Methodist Hospital, managers had to be vaccinated by April 15 and all oth...
Has COVID lowered employee morale?
Last year was a brutal year on all of us as we went through a global pandemic and experienced drastic changes to our typical lives. People’s lives changed, how we do work changed, and the way we see the world has changed. Specifically, the workplace has been changing continuously to fit the needs of safely......
New COBRA Subsidies in the American Rescue Plan (ARPA)
President Biden has signed the massive American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which includes a federally-financed COBRA subsidy that is available for up to six months for eligible individuals. The COBRA subsidy will be available beginning on April 1, 2021 and end on September 30, 2021. Further guidance will be coming from the DOL......
Fake COVID Vaccine cards – really?
Apparently, there is a market for fake vaccine cards online and sellers are charging hundreds of dollars. Really…? Posts have started to appear on Twitter, Instagram, and eBay, and other e-commerce sites, for fake vaccine cards, even though the blank CDC cards are readily available on the internet, including various public health sites. There...
How to Fix I9s Completed for Remote Employees Because of COVID-19
Since March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given employers flexibility when completing I9 forms for employees that are working remotely because of COVID-19 safety precautions. The physical presence requirements associated with the Form I9 (it is required to physically review the original employee identity and employment aut...
Get 2021 Started Right: 10 HR Action Items
Now that we have closed out 2020, and started 2021, its time for Human Resources/Payroll to take some important year-end actions to ensure a smooth transition into 2021. Consultstu has created a 10 point HR Checklist to ensure your Company is up to date with fast-changing federal/state rules and regulations. Update your Applicant New Hire......
Mandatory Paid COVID leave (FFCRA) Expires 12/31/20, Now Voluntary
On January 1, 2021, employers are no longer mandated to provide expanded paid COVID sick days and emergency family leave benefits that was put into place by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Covered employers (private employers with under 500 employees and public employers) have the option to voluntarily permit employees to use any...
Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Employees?
On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance that allows for employer-mandated vaccines. According to the EEOC, employers may implement a mandatory vaccination policy because vaccines are not “medical examinations” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – but a third-party administrator sho...
Important Updates about PPP Loan Forgiveness and Deadlines
In mid-October, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released two (2) important updates for businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.  The PPP provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses. First,  is October 31, 2020, the deadline for borrowers to apply for PPP loan forgiveness? No. ...
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