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It’s 2021. Do employers still need to pay for COVID-19 related Leave?

Confused? You are not alone. News articles vary between saying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired and discussing how it was extended.  What does all of this mean?  Here’s what employers need to know:What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?The FFCRA contains a number of new laws and small amendments to existing law, but for the purposes of this article we are focusing on three sections: Emergency Paid Sick Leave, Expanded FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Pa...
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New Year. New Laws for Employers.

The year 2020 began with over 250 new state laws – while many considered the legalization of recreational marijuana would be the largest impact on employers, it was The Workplace Transparency Act – which resulted in employers needing to significantly overhaul their employee handbooks, employment agreements and offer letters, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements and many other documents – that initially caused the biggest impact.And then came COVID-19 and everything changed.  Suddenly all the focus was on the Families Fir...
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COVID-19 Vaccines are Here! Part II

COVID-19 Vaccines are Here!   Part II of the seriesShould employers make them mandatory for employees?The 43,000 vaccines the state took in at the Illinois Strategic National Stockpile on December 14, 2020 were distributed to 10 regional hospital centers across the state and directly to DuPage County, and from there to 45 counties and local health departments, and ultimately to 77 hospitals statewide, Pritzker said.  In Illinois, Phase 1 of the vaccination roll out is focused on healthcare workers and first responders, but Phase 2 e...
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COVID-19 Vaccines are Here! Should employers make them mandatory for employees?

With the availability of vaccinations for the general public quickly approaching, many employer are considering whether they should require employees get the vaccine.   Like seemingly everything related to COVID-19, the answer to this question is more difficult than it seems.To address some of these questions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has release new guidance on the topic.  We’ve summarized this guidance in 2 articles. This article (Part I) is focused on the EEOC guidance related to the Americans with Disabili...
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HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY

Recently, the President issued a memorandum on “Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.” This memorandum institutes a payroll tax holiday for the rest of 2020, specifically for social security. The IRS also issued guidance on the memorandum for interpretive purposes. General Policy Employers that are required to withhold and pay the employee’s share of social security tax (or the railroad retirement tax equivalent) have the option of deferring those taxes for the period of September 1, 2020 through D...
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