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April 14, 2020

Ask the Advisor: How Do I Make a Telecommuting Policy?

Although some employers will be comfortable sending everyone home with their laptop and saying, go forth and be productive, most will want to be a little […]
April 13, 2020

Paying For Sick Leave and FMLA Leave Under the FFCRA

To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits under the FFCRA, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS […]
April 10, 2020

What Brokers Need to Know About COVID-19

Given the ever-changing dynamics of COVID-19, now is the time for brokers to embrace and support clients and prospects to help them get through this unprecedented […]
April 7, 2020

Ask the Advisor: Do we still have to provide EPSL or EFMLA if we lay off or furlough employees?

Question: Do we still have to provide EPSL or EFMLA if we lay off or furlough employees? Answer: No. Employers who are closed — either due […]
April 6, 2020

FFCRA: New Rule and Guidance from the DOL and IRS

New FFCRA Guidance in Temporary Rule and FAQsThe DOL has released rules related to administration of leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and answered more […]
April 2, 2020

Ask the Advisor: I’m Concerned About the Cost of Unemployment as Well as How to Advise Employees About It. Any Help?

Remember that you don’t pay unemployment insurance (UI) claims directly. They are paid by the state, and the state gets funds for that from unemployment insurance […]
April 1, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Goes Into Effect Today

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and goes into effect today, April 1. The Department of Labor […]
April 1, 2020

Ask the Advisor: How Are We Supposed to Pay for the Sick Leave and FMLA Leave Mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. […]
March 31, 2020

FFCRA Updates and CARES Act Provisions

Families First Coronavirus Response ActSince the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, new information and guidance has been released every few […]
March 25, 2020

Ask the Advisor: What’s the Difference Between a Furlough and a Layoff?

Question: What’s the difference between a furlough and a layoff? Answer: First, you should note that the language used when sending employees home for a period […]
March 24, 2020

Starting today, every small business is our business

By Nathan Christensen, CEO In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has profoundly changed the way we live and work. Its impact has been especially severe for […]
March 24, 2020

Ask the Advisor: Can We Reduce Pay Because of an Economic Slowdown Due to COVID-19?

Question: Can we reduce pay because of an economic slowdown due to COVID-19? Answer: You can reduce an employee’s rate of pay based on business or […]
November 30, 2017

Social Security Wage Base for 2018 – Corrected

November 30th, 2017 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a correction in the wage base that will be used in computing Social Security taxes for […]
November 30, 2017

DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims

November 30th, 2017 On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule that delays implementation of new claim rules for disability […]
December 4, 2017

Ask the Experts: Inviting Temporary and Contract Workers to Holiday Parties

December 4th, 2017 Question: Can we invite temporary workers (those from an outside agency) and contractors to our company holiday party? Answer: Inviting temporary and contract […]
December 4, 2017

Federal Law Update-November 2017

December 4th, 2017 OSHA Delays Electronic Filing of Form 300A On November 22, 2017, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the delay of […]