Get answers to your most urgent questions about COVID-19 and its impacts to employee benefits, human resources, risk management and other issues. Our page provides articles and webinars on critical topics as well as other resources.
July 1, 2020, marks the midpoint of the year, bringing new legislative updates at the state and federal level. We have complied a list of some of the more noteworthy laws that will go into effect. Legislative updates at the federal level may impact your organization regardless of where your operations and employees are located. If you have employees or operations in the following states, your organization may be affected. Other additional states not addressed here may also have new legislative updates. Clients with Hotline access can find additional information concerning these laws and other related laws in HR360.
As you prepare for returning employees to work, there are a number of contingencies you need to plan for, and it can be easy to miss things or make well-intentioned mistakes. Our Back to business planning tool can assist your organization with developing a preparedness plan, managing your workforce, staying safe, and planning for uncertainty. We’ve organized the tool around each of the six critical areas you will need to form the foundation of your return-to-work plan. Click here to download.
We will continue to alert you to updates as new information becomes available. As employers respond to COVID-19 crisis, they are urged to rely on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and local agencies in determining strategies and common sense steps to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission. In addition, employers should regularly check for updates in the guidance, as the situation continues to rapidly evolve and previously published guidance will be updated regularly.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new edition of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) containing several minor updates. Employers can use the existing Form 1-9 until April 30, but starting on May 1, 2020, the new Form I-9 will become mandatory for U.S. employers. You can find the new Form I-9 on the USCIS website and read the USCIS’s news item on the subject.
Many employers across the country are making significant changes to their standard procedures, including shifting their employees from working at the office to working from home. This arrangement can be challenging for both parties to navigate. The best practices and suggestions laid out in this guide can help employers overcome the challenges of telecommuting and implement a successful program.
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On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Below is a summary of several key provisions of the more than 800-page law. However, if you are home with little to do and have already finished watching The Tiger King, feel free to peruse the law itself here.
We have added a Q&A to the end of the list about handling the employee portion of benefits that are continued as active through a furlough. As employers begin to lay off or place employees on furlough, they should consider the many issues that such actions can create. This Q&A includes answers to the most urgent questions we are receiving from employers. The information in this article is likely to change on a regular basis as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, laws and regulations change, and we receive additional information from carriers and third-party administrators (TPAs). Please check back regularly for updates to our answers or guidance.
Religious accommodations are becoming more common in the workplace as businesses become more diverse. Where possible, employers are effectively navigating their employees’ requests and still maintaining productive workplaces. But this often requires a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box.
A recent remote work preparedness survey from Wrike, a collaborative work-management platform, found that nearly half (49%) of 1,024 full-time workers in the U.S. surveyed said they never work from home, and another 23% only work from home during special circumstances, such as to care for a sick child or during extreme weather. And 40% of respondents said their employer does not have the technology necessary to support working from home. In this article, we will cover some innovative technologies available to assist employees as they make this transition and to ensure employees remain productive.
Coronavirus resources, prevention strategies, best workplace practices — these are some of the most powerful weapons for fighting coronavirus risks and impacts to your organization. Please share your practices and strategies in a brief survey to help other employers learn from your experiences so far. Then register for our webinar “Ask Associated: Critical topics related to COVID-19” in which we will discuss the survey, the latest coronavirus updates, official guidance affecting employers, and related issues.
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