Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This topic provides the latest news articles and resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Check back here to keep informed.

Don’t Overlook CARES Act Tax Credit for Retaining Employees During Pandemic

The employee retention credit (ERC) is a fully refundable tax credit against payroll taxes originally enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Its purpose was to encourage employers to continue paying employees despite financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if your quarterly Forms 941 (the federal tax […]

Covid-19 Compliance: Consider Your Employees

HR is a complex and ever-changing field. Professionals constantly need to ensure their organizations are following local and national laws and regulations. Especially during a pandemic, businesses regularly find themselves having to adapt to change.

Compliance in the Pandemic

For the past few years, COVID-19 has been a constant stressor. For businesses, there is some uncertainty around how to best handle the pandemic from a legal standpoint.

Supreme Court Rejects One Vax Mandate, But Employers Urged to Stay Tuned

The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a major part of the Biden administration’s plan to boost the vaccination of workers against COVID-19 means many large employers can stand down on their plans to comply with a rule requiring the shots or testing, but they are free to institute their own mandates as long as such […]

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Dynamism in the Age of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world for roughly 2 years has left companies scrambling to find the “new normal,” the rules of the road or a playbook that will define how they should operate moving forward. The Problem with Seeking the “New Normal” The big mistake companies make in their search for the […]

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Employers Await Word from Supreme Court on Vaccination Rules

While employers wait to learn the fate of a COVID-19 vaccination rule, they’re being advised to continue making plans for how to comply with the federal government’s plan aimed at stemming transmission of the virus in the workplace. In separate hearings, the U.S. Supreme Court on January 7 heard arguments both pro and con on […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul Mayors Issue New Face Mask Mandates

In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have issued new mask mandates for places of public accommodation. Minneapolis On Wednesday, January 5, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Emergency Regulation 2022-1, which requires individuals ages 2 or older to mask in indoor places of public accommodation. The rule […]

Older Workers Leading COVID-Era Jobs Exodus

The labor shortage employers are currently facing is obvious to anyone who’s recently eaten out at a restaurant or visited a retail store. Slow service, “help wanted” signs, and even businesses that are temporarily closed due to a lack of staff are increasingly common sights.

6th Circuit Revives OSHA Vax-or-Testing Rule but Won’t Have the Last Word

Late Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision “dissolving” the 5th Circuit’s stay order preventing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing rule for employers with 100 or more employees. The next day, OSHA announced January 10 is the new deadline for […]