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Top HR projects to tackle in 2021

January 14 , 2021

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In 2020, we had to rethink a lot of things. Now as we head into 2021, it’s time to take some of the lessons we learned and see how we can use them to make our workplaces better for our employees. Here are some of the top HR projects and trends for HR professionals to tackle in 2021.

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Tags: Employee Benefits


Do I need to keep my insurance during the off-season?

January 12 , 2021

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Now's the time to enjoy some amazing winter excursions. Each year we’re asked by many of our customers about the possibility to cancel your insurance policies on their summer toys like motorcycles, RVs, boats and ATVs. While you may not be using these alternative vehicles during cold weather months, your vehicles can still be damaged, and an insurance claim would need to be made to your insurer. If you cancelled your insurance policy, you may be forced to pay for repairs or replacements out-of-pocket. During the cooler months while your toys are parked, events can still occur - like damage or theft - that might get expensive without a valid insurance policy.

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Tags: Home & Auto


January HR News Worth Review

January 11 , 2021

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DOL Issues Final Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Status

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it. The final rule becomes effective March 8, 2021.

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Tags: Compliance


How to write a job posting

January 05 , 2021

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What are job postings?

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Tags: Employee Benefits


Breakdown of FSA and Paid Sick Leave Changes in the Stimulus Package

December 30 , 2020

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On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law. The Act provides temporary special rules for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that give employees additional time to use these funds, as well as the option for employers to continue to provide paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency FMLA leave (EFMLA) and receive tax credits for doing so.

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Tags: Compliance


The OSHA temporary work initiative: what employers need to know

December 29 , 2020

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Your employees are the lifeblood of your business. And you have a legal and moral duty to provide those employees with a safe workplace.

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Tags: Compliance


Congress Passes Stimulus and Spending Package – How it Affects Your Business and Employees

December 22 , 2020

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On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. The bill, which was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year, has been sent to President Donald Trump, and he is expected to sign it into law.

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Tags: Compliance


How to inspect your roof for damage

December 22 , 2020

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We all know that owning a home is an expensive investment. Unfortunately, you can’t just move in and let it set. Homes require constant maintenance to ensure you don’t get costly damage. We suggest doing a yearly home inspection.

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Tags: Home & Auto


EEOC Issues FAQs on Mandatory Vaccinations

December 18 , 2020

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With a COVID-19 vaccine finally available in the U.S., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added nine new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to its existing guidance on how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other fair employment laws while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new FAQs address mandatory workplace vaccination programs and the restrictions that federal fair employment laws place on them. In general, employers may require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as long as they provide reasonable accommodations for employees who refuse to take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. 

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Tags: Compliance


Cyber issues in contracts: who is liable and indemnification for acts of vendors?

December 17 , 2020

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You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Even if you maintain good cyber security practices, a less diligent vendor could open the door to an attack on your data. When selecting vendors and writing contracts, it’s important to address cyber issues, liability and indemnification.

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Tags: Risk Management


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