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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...
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 ...
Florida Unemployed must Re-certify Every 2 weeks
Governor DeSantis announced over the weekend that unemployed Floridians are required to login to the DEO CONNECT Reemployment portal every two weeks to recertify that they are eligible for benefits. This has caused some confusion from furloughed and laid off employees, because the requirement to search for work was extended to May 30, but this......
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 ...
Department of Labor’s New Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Poster (English and Spanish)
On March 25, the Department of Labor released the NEW FFCRA Employee Rights Poster for paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave. Click to download FFCRA poster (English).  On Friday, the Spanish version of the FFCRA poster (spanish) was made available. Employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to post a notice......
Wage and Hour Division Publishes New Guidance on Paid Leave and Expanded FMLA
On March 24, the Department of Labor (Wage and Hour Division – COVID Response) issued some new information for employers and employees about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing actual regulations (planned for early April).  Additio...
Checklist for Leaving your PEO in Florida
If your small to mid-size business has decided to leave your Professional Employer Organization (PEO), you may be wondering about the various action items you must do (and consider) to get out. There are financial and staffing issues to consider so that your exit is as smooth as possible. When using a PEO, you are......
Employee Engagement for Small Business
There are some occupations  — astronaut, surgeon, or prima ballerina, for example —  in which people rarely succeed without being rocket-fueled by commitment and passion … and it is unlikely that their employers spend much time worrying about their level of “engagement.”  But I think it is probably safe to say that most...
Must Love Dogs … or, How to Retain Talent in a Pet Crazy Culture
With unemployment at a 17 year low, employers are reawakening to the need for effective talent retention strategies.  One of the hottest trends in corporate perks recognizes the astounding level of devotion American workers have for their furry, four-legged companions.  No matter what your budget, there are options for your company to offer anima...
How HR handles an Employee Name Change
Name changes occur among employees for all kinds of reasons. After marriage, either spouse may elect to change his or her last name, or, both might agree to assume a new hyphenated version. Other scenarios include divorce, religious or gender conversions, or …. just simple dislike of the name one was given. Here is some guidance......
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