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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...
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...
Florida announces $8.65 Minimum Wage for 2021
On October 15, 2020, Florida announced the new minimum wage rate of $8.65 per hour for 2021. Florida’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. The minimum hourly rate for tipped employees in Florida will be $5.63 per hour in 2021. Florida law requires the Florida Department of......
Publix Vendor Independent Third Party Immigration Reviews
Publix Super Markets, Inc. is celebrating its 90th Anniversary and has grown to over 1,200 stores across seven states.  If your company is trying to become a supplier of equipment or construction services with Publix, you will be expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, including the regulations in the......
EEOC updates FAQs on Screening Employees for COVID-19 and Handling Medical Information
There was an update for employers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on September 8. After public feedback, the EEOC updated several answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. What was updated? FAQ A6 (COVID-19 testi...
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 ...
CDC Changes Return to Work Guidance for Employers
Last week, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) issued important changes to its guidance to employers, including modifying the criteria used to determine when an employee can be allowed back to work after testing positive for COVID-19.  Employers should immediately change its COVID-19 plans and modify its return to work policies accordingly.  H...
Can Employers Require COVID Testing of Returning Employees?
As employers reopen businesses across Florida, many are wondering if they can require a negative COVID-19 test before an employee is allowed back to work.  As background, there are 2 types of COVID-19 testing – a test to determine the presence of COVID-19 virus (viral test) – and a test to determine if an employee......
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...
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