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PER Human Resources – April 2020

 

COVID-19: A Message to Our Members

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to state and federal law affecting your obligations as an employer. The rapidly changing situation has caused much uncertainty for your business and many of you have had to furlough or layoff your workforce for a yet-to-be determined period. Our hearts go out to all affected as we continue to see the number of infections rise across the county and businesses having to make tough decisions about their operations. While these are uncertain times, you can be certain of our unwavering commitment to provide you the best risk management services you have come to rely on and trust.

We remain available to assist you with questions regarding:

  • New state and federal paid sick leave and family leave laws recently passed
  • What you can ask employees about COVID-19 symptoms or their potential exposure
  • Whether you can take employees’ temperatures or send sick employees’ home
  • Your obligations when furloughing/laying off employees
  • Any other HR-related questions

We are here to support you and your business

The New Federal Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave in Practice

As you are aware from our Compliance Alert emails the last two weeks, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) all employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide employees with 10 days of paid sick leave and 12 weeks of expanded FMLA leave with 10 of those weeks paid.

Examples of FFCRA in Action

Federal/All States
COVID-19 and OSHA: Exposure in the Workplace

DOL Issues Guidance Clarifying Questions About FFCRA

DOL Non-Enforcement Period For FFCRA

EEOC Guidance For Navigating the ADA During the COVID-19 Pandemic

FFCRA Documentation to Support Leave and Obtain Tax Credit

FFCRA Model Notice to Employees

FFCRA Small Business Exemption

UPDATED: Compliance Alert: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

UPDATED: COVID-19: Taking Employee Temperatures

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – March 2020

 

 

Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

Retaliation: Recognizing A Hidden Threat in The Workplace

 

Retaliation claims are the “sleeper cells” of employment litigation. Camouflaged as an innocuous act, the retaliation claim typically remains dormant until activated by another, more egregious act. Are you able to successfully identify potential retaliation claims in your workplace? Consider the following. . .*

(*These incidents are based on real cases. Names and other details have been changed.)

Bickering Managers + Sexual Harassment Complaint = 1 HR Headache

You have two management level employees who are constantly arguing. It is no secret they would each like to see the other fired. You heard a rumor they almost went to blows about a scheduling issue and their screaming match was witnessed by other employees and customers. Before you get a chance to talk to them. . .

Read more

FEDERAL UPDATES
DOL Issues Final Rule on Joint Employers

The Coronavirus and the Workplace

STATE UPDATES
California
California Employers: Make Sure Your Wage Statements Have Your Legal Name

California Required to Pay Employees for Time Spent Undergoing Security Checks

Colorado:
Colorado Issues New Wage Order 36

New Jersey:
Final Regulations for New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law

New Jersey Gives Job Protection to Organ and Bone Marrow Donors

New Jersey’s New Wage Statement Requirement

New Jersey WARN Law Greatly Expanded

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – February 2020

 

February 2020

Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

Protecting Pregnant Employees from Themselves – I Can Do That, Right?

 

Brenda has been working as a construction worker for 10 years installing drywall. When she found out she was pregnant, she was hesitant to tell her employer and knew it was only a matter of time before her co-workers would notice she was pregnant and not just gaining weight. After telling her boss, he said she had to go on leave, immediately. “But, why? I’ve never felt better,” Brenda responded. “Because I don’t want to be responsible for you or your unborn child being hurt,” he replied. *

(*These incidents are based on real cases. Names and other details have been changed.)

HR Myth

The HR world has no shortage of myths regarding what employers can and can’t do. Here is one we frequently see:

Myth: If an employee exceeds an employer’s policy on the maximum number of absences, the employer can discipline the employee, regardless of the reason for the absence.

Learn the Facts

FEDERAL UPDATES
New Case: Employees Don’t Need to Request “FMLA” Leave to be Protected

U.S Department of Labor announces update to the Fair Labor Standards Act – Regular Rate of Pay

STATE UPDATES
California
California Employers: Additional Flexible Spending Account Notices Now Required

District of Columbia:
DC Employers Must Post Notice of Paid Family Leave by February 1, 2020

Massachusetts:
Massachusetts: Think Your Employees Are Exempt from Premium Pay on Sundays? Maybe Not

New Jersey:
New Jersey Expands Medical Marijuana Protections

New York:
New York State Salary History Ban Guidance – Eliminating Pay Inequalities Between Men, Women, and Minorities


Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

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