Best Practices for Reopening Your Business

Posted by Greg Andress on Jul 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM

States across the country have begun moving through reopening phases amid the coronavirus pandemic, and many businesses that were previously closed, or had employees working off-site, are transitioning back to somewhat normal business operations.

Guidance on reopening businesses has been issued by government-level health and safety organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Even cities and counties nationwide are issuing ordinances and enforcement policies of their own to keep their communities safe.

In an effort to get employees back on track efficiently and safely, company policies and practices related to reopening should keep both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their employees and customers at the forefront of their strategy.

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Topics: coronavirus, reopening business, COVID-19

U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Federal Anti-Bias Law Protects LGBTQ Workers

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jun 23, 2020 11:21:32 AM

In a 6 to 3 vote on Monday, June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unlawful discrimination “because of Sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the federal employment law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees who worked for the employer for at least 20 weeks of the current or preceding calendar year. Employers may not refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against "any individual" with respect to his or her pay and terms and conditions of employment based on the individual's sex, according to the statute.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR policies

How Does A PEO Work?

Posted by Anna Leo Holder. MBA on Jun 22, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) have been around since the 1960s and have continued to evolve and gain in popularity. Yet today, 54% of business decision-makers are unfamiliar with PEOs, and even more, don’t fully understand how they work. What a shame!

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Topics: PEO Services, PEO, Co-employment, PEOs

5 Best Ways To Save For Retirement

Posted by Sue Fay on Jun 15, 2020 3:15:00 PM

We all hope to select the best ways to save for retirement as early on as possible in our careers. Many of us dream of a comfortable and adventurous retirement, free from worries about earning money and having enough time to do all the things we love.  But how much should I have saved for retirement? Will Social Security be around? Are employer-paid pension plans a thing of the past? What about 401 (k) plans and Roth IRA’s?  How can one make the most of their working years to achieve financial security for retirement?

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Topics: retirement savings, save for retirement

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Highlights

Posted by Anna Leo Holder. MBA on Jun 8, 2020 10:09:31 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010), and the President recently signed it into law. The Flexibility Act is intended to liberalize aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as certain employment tax provisions, enacted as part of the CARES Act.

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Topics: Small Business Management, PPP loan, paycheck protection program, flexibility act

COVID Update: New OSHA Recordkeeping Enforcement Policies

Posted by Greg Andress on May 27, 2020 3:06:41 PM

As businesses begin to reopen across the United States, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued revisions of their recordkeeping enforcement policies on COVID-19. OSHA’s revised policies are effective May 26, 2020, and aim to ensure employers are recording and reporting COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Take a look at the new guidance:

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Topics: osha, recordkeeping

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