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American Rescue Plan Act COBRA Subsidy Model Notices, Guidance

Among the American Rescue Plan Act’s many provisions, it provides for 100 percent premium subsidies for health insurance continuation under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for certain individuals who elect COBRA continuation coverage between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued implementing guidance for …

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California Releases Employer COVID-19 Compliance Portal Copy Copy

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark, federal, state and local governments have spent the last year continually developing new laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, and countless “guidance” documents and updates. It’s difficult, if not overwhelming at times, for employers to track the sheer number of resources. To assist employers, the California Labor & Workforce …

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HR WEEKLY TIP

Hiring Mistakes Costs Up Sharply During COVID   Just about anyone who has worked in HR long enough has made a regrettable hiring decision. In fact, 95 percent of companies reported making mistakes while recruiting, going on to hire employees that were a poor fit for their workplaces, according to a 2015 Brandon Hall Group …

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Steps to Take for Safely Returning Employees to the Workplace

What COVID-19 safety measures do employers need to have in place before employees return to the workplace from remote work? Employers who are bringing their employees back to the workplace have several steps and considerations to make. Written Prevention Program One major safety component is developing a written COVID-19 Prevention Program, as required under the …

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California Releases Employer COVID-19 Compliance Portal

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark, federal, state and local governments have spent the last year continually developing new laws, regulations, ordinances, orders, and countless “guidance” documents and updates. It’s difficult, if not overwhelming at times, for employers to track the sheer number of resources. To assist employers, the California Labor & Workforce …

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California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Is Back

  On March 19, 2021, the Governor signed SB 95, bringing back the state’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave — with some big changes. SB 95 significantly expands the number of employers required to start providing this leave (compared to the previous COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law (AB 1867)), provides a fresh bank of …

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Steps to Consider When Employee Telecommutes from Another State

As a result of COVID-19, we’ve had a lot of employees working remotely, but now some of them are planning to move out of state and wish to continue to work for us on a remote basis. Is there anything special we have to do for our employees working in other states? Once your employees …

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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Brings More Financial Relief

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law, creating a third stimulus package since the COVID-19 pandemic started one year ago. The ARPA focuses on several employment-related economic benefits such as paid sick leave, financial support for small businesses and enhanced unemployment benefits. Here’s the …

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Employers Must Post Form 300A Starting February 1 Copy Copy

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, some things remain the same. California employers must still post their Form 300A, Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, on February 1, 2021, and keep it posted through April 30, 2021. Form 300A summarizes all job-related injuries and illnesses from the previous calendar year that were logged on Form …

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California Fair Employment Department Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

On March 4, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated its COVID-19 guidance, addressing several vaccination-related questions. The updated guidance replaces the version last updated on July 24, 2020. The DFEH answers one of employers’ biggest questions — can they require employees to get vaccinated? Yes, says the DFEH, an employer …

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