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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...
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 ...
COVID-19 Safety at Construction Sites
In Florida, general contractors, construction trades, subcontractors and other construction related businesses have continued to operate during the “safer at home” orders because they were designated as essential businesses. There is also some evidence that working outside, in the sunlight may actually slow the spread of COVID. The CDC ...
New Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Compliance Requirements!
While massage establishments were a primary focus of Florida’s Anti-Human Trafficking Bill 2019-152, this is not the only industry facing new licensing requirements, which are designed to help expose, prevent and reduce human trafficking suffering and victimization. First, if your business operates under licensing from the Florida Board of Ma...
HR Fitness for 2020 – Needed HR Actions for the New Year
NEW YEAR?  BRING IT!   Put some of that post-holiday energy into your HR process … you can make it easier to get out of the office in time to hit the gym!  Here is a 7 step checklist to make sure HR is prepared for an efficient, organized, successful new year: Step One: Review your......
New Florida Minimum Wage poster for 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, the Florida minimum wage will rise ten cents to $8.56 per hour. Similarly, the minimum wage rate for tipped employees will increase from $5.44 to $5.54 per hour. All Florida employers should prepare now by downloading the new poster and post it on the employee bulletin board on or about January......
Fractional HR Services are Flexible, Scalable, and Affordable
The vast majority of small family businesses and new businesses start up without a dedicated HR person, much less an HR department.  And that makes perfect sense … to a point. As the owner of a fledgling business, handling HR matters is probably not only manageable, but educational and even gratifying.  Your business is your......
New Florida Workers’ Comp Poster in 2019
Yes, recently the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation released a new version of the Florida Workers’ Compensation poster commonly known as the “broken arm” poster. The newly released version of the “broken arm” poster now includes a URL, in addition to a phone number, for reporting suspected fraud. Click he...
2019 Florida Minimum Wage Increase
Don’t Forget – Workplace Posters Must Be Updated! On October 24, 2018, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the 2019 Florida minimum wage will be increased from $8.25 to $8.46 per hour, effective January 1, 2019. The agency is mandated to calculate a minimum wage rate each year based on the percentage increase.....
Can a 17 year old work at a construction site?
With the shortage of construction labor (skilled and unskilled) in Florida and the beginning of the summer, construction employers are looking at any and all available labor sources. Is your company looking to hire a high schooler this summer?  Before your construction company hires a 16 or 17-year-old to work, make sure your company reviews......
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