Loosening the Grip of COVID?

As infections from the coronavirus pandemic have plummeted across the country, one would think a loosening of restrictions would logically follow and in many states, it has and we’re seemingly on the road back to “normal”. Under new Governor Glenn Youngkin, Virginia this week officially repealed its Emergency Temporary Standard addressing COVID-19 in the workplace…

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New Guidance on COVID Caregivers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) early this week issued a new guidance on employers responsibilities and obligations regarding employees who may be caregivers for children, elderly or other vulnerable individuals relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it may have had on them and their ability to work. The agency reiterated that…

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COVID Chapter Closing?

With Russia invading Ukraine, gas prices soaring to record levels and inflation reaching heights not seen since the 1970s, the COVID coronavirus pandemic – with its infection and hospitalization rates dropping dramatically – is slowly but certainly being pushed into history. The vast majority of states have now lifted their mask mandates that in some…

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Workstream’s Top Strategies to Beat the Hiring Crisis!

Josh Smith is an expert in the hiring process and helps businesses hire hourly workers faster. Since joining Workstream, Josh has given restaurant owners and operators the tools and methods needed to streamline and automate their hiring process – reducing the amount of time they spend on hiring by up to 70%! You know better…

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Drop Mask Mandates, Extend HERO Act

As we advised you last week, the state of New York is just one of several state and local governments that have recently dropped masking mandates as COVID infections from the omicron variant decline across the country. At the same time however, New York has extended the application of the so-called HEROES Act for another…

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Improving Profitability Through On-Demand Pay with Tapcheck!

As the national labor shortage continues, our next webinar aims to help you meet your staffing needs – and improve your profitability at the same time. Register now for our February 16 webinar “Improving Profitability through On-Demand Pay”. Hiring and retaining staff has become more challenging than ever as the demand for qualified employees is…

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California Oks New COVID Paid Sick Leave

Notwithstanding increased vaccination rates and greatly reduced COVID infections, California continues to swim upstream as relates helping businesses recover from pandemic restrictions and survive the challenging economy.  Early this week, the California legislature caved in to union leader demands and passed legislation mandating that businesses with 26 or more employees provide workers with up to…

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Employer Plans Pay for COVID Tests

Notwithstanding the fanfare with which DOL announced the ETS and its subsequent withdrawal (as detailed above), there was very little notice made about a new joint guidance issued by DOL along with the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury requiring employer health plans – whether fully insured or self-insured – to cover…

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New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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