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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...
DOL Revises Regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Effective September 16, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of revised regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revised regulations came after a New York court decision invalidated several parts of the FFCRA’s rules. The new, updated regulations did not change too much for non-healthcare em...
$300 Extra Unemployment Benefits coming soon to Floridians
At the end of July, the $600 extended unemployment benefits paid by the CARES Act ended.  After the Congress was deadlocked on a new stimulus bill to help people hurt by the pandemic, President Trump signed an Executive Order on August 8, directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the U.S. Department......
New DOL Guidance for Paid Leave for School Closures
With schools starting to open in Florida, employers are revisiting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which provides two weeks of paid sick leave related to COVID-19 and up to twelve weeks of paid leave under the expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (“EFMLA”).  School districts are offering a mixture of online/virtual ...
New “Simpler and Easier” FMLA Forms Released
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released new revised versions of its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) (dated June 2020).  The revised forms are noticeably different.  The DOL intended them to be simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave ...
Are Temporary Employees entitled to Paid Sick Days under FFCRA?
Many companies use temporary employees to supplement their workforce.  Employees remain the employee of the temporary staffing agency for a period of time, and the agency controls their overall employment.  During the pandemic, what happens if a temporary employee notifies your company that they have COVID-19 symptoms, or have had close contact w...
OSHA Changes Enforcement – When to Report COVID-19 Cases at Work
On May 19, OSHA updated its enforcement guidance to employers (and Compliance Officers) with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. In mid-April, OSHA previously advised that most employers (except healthcare employers) did not have an obligation to analyze whether an employee’s COVI...
Are Employee COVID-19 Cases OSHA Recordable?
The number of COVID-19 cases has passed 500,000 nationwide and 20,000 in Florida. Many of these cases occurred after workplace exposure, such as from a customer or co-worker. But, since the virus can be picked up anywhere, how can a work-related source be confirmed so that the case is recorded as an occupational illness on......
New DOL Regulations (FFCRA) – How to Document Exempt Status from Paid Leave
The much anticipated Department of Labor Regulations (temporary) were just published on Wednesday, April 1. The new regulations explain how an employer with fewer than fifty (50) employees must document its declared exemption from the paid Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA.  Here are the new DOL Regulations on the FFCRA. What employers ...
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