“Hero Pay” Program Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the state of Connecticut launched the application process for its new Hero Pay program for essential workers. The program, funded with a $30 million appropriation in the state budget, may provide up to $1,000 in a pandemic pay premium for eligible, private-sector essential workers. To qualify, employees must be deemed essential workers…

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Streamlining Your Hiring Process to Beat the Labor Shortage

In the current state of hiring, Dunkin’ franchisees need any and every edge they can get to attract top talent. With as much competition in the market, the need for speed and efficiency in the hiring process has never been greater! Join hiring specialist Josh Smith from Workstream as he discusses the top ways that…

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Minnesota Enacts Frontline Worker Pay

Just at the end of last month, on April 29, 2022, Governor Tim Watz signed into law SB 2677, which replenished the unemployment trust fund, and among other things, created the Frontline Workers Payment Program. The program, which became effective immediately upon the governor’s signature, provides for payments to eligible employees in a very broadly…

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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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