It’s safe to say that the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed took a toll on all of us. Isolation, childcare, job loss, financial security, grief from losing a loved one, adapting to a new world, and many other challenges undoubtedly affected the mental health of millions of people around the world. Yet…

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The following statement is attributed to Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are…

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Per the CDC: As of April 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered…

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Rescue Plan) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and contains several provisions regarding paid leave for employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) originally enacted a year ago. Below are the key points employers need to know: Extending FFCRA leave to employees is optional – employers are…

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The following information is provided by the DOL: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. DOL (Department of Labor) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released updated guidance that “provides information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical…

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It’s to no surprise the impacts of COVID-19 will carry into 2021 (and even the years following). Employers need to be prepared for significant workplace changes and procedures as we near the end of 2020. For example, an increase in demand for delayed procedures and continuing care related to COVID-19 is likely to drive health…

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The 2020 pandemic has changed the way America runs and operates (perhaps forever). Due to the unprecedented economical impact caused by COVID-19, small businesses were especially hit hard. As we near the end of the year, some have remained in survival mode. Although, new studies show that small businesses that are partnered with a PEO…

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The following information is cited by The U.S. Department of Labor: The U.S. Department of Labor announced four new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The (FSLA) is a federal law that establishes rules regarding employees rights such as minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and other work-related issues in…

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Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Act (PPPFA) On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) of 2020 was signed into law. The PPPFA is intended to correct certain flaws left behind under the CARES Act. Background of the Initial PPP The US Treasury states that the Paycheck Protection Program was created to provide…

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