HR Insights: Can I mandate that my employees get vaccinated?
COVID-19 and Reporting to Work Restrictions
Michigan Law Alerts - December 2020 On December 29, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation (SB 1258) prohibiting an employee who tests positive for COVID-19 from reporting to work until they are advised by a health care provider or public health professional that they have completed their isolation period or met all the following … Continue reading COVID-19 and Reporting to Work Restrictions
Can I require an Employee to get vaccinated?
With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent EEOC guidance implies that they expect many employers to require a vaccine, there are already several states where bills are being introduced to prevent employment discrimination against those who … Continue reading Can I require an Employee to get vaccinated?
Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce
According to Gallup, the number of days employees are working remotely has doubled during the pandemic. Some companies are even considering making a remote work arrangement permanent. While there are no laws that exclusively apply to remote workplaces, remote work does come with additional compliance risks. Below is our general guidance for employers. Logging Hours and … Continue reading Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce
COVID-19: April 1 Effective Date for FFCRA Leaves
I am re-posting because I have talked to so many businesses that are not in compliance – no poster, no policy. All businesses with 500 or less employees must comply until it expires on December 31, 2020 #COVIDleaves
On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020.
Based on the language in the bill, the effective date was widely believed to be April 2.
The DOL announced the effective date in a “Questions and Answers” document where it also provided answers to some common questions. Other than the April 1 effective date, the information is in line with what we have been advising. The DOL also released two Fact Sheets, both of which appear to contain the same information, but it’s possible they will each be updated in the future with information that is geared more toward employees or employers.
While the links above do not provide much new information, they are worth reviewing.
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Dependent Care Spending Accounts
Autumn has arrived. It’s the time of year when working parents have questions about Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). How do they manage their 2020 account to avoid forfeiting funds at year-end? And how should they make open enrollment choices for 2021 when it’s hard to predict their childcare needs during the pandemic? Employers and … Continue reading Dependent Care Spending Accounts
Key Definitions to Help You Understand the ADA
If you hadn’t engaged with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before the pandemic, you probably have by now. The ADA comes up a lot these days, both with respect to confidentiality of medical information (like employee temperatures) as well as with reasonable accommodation for those who are at high risk for a serious case … Continue reading Key Definitions to Help You Understand the ADA
Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Rebates 2020
It is estimated that insurers will return over a quarter billion dollars to employer groups this year. Employers that receive a rebate need to keep in mind that there are restrictions on how the money can be used.
Updating the Employee Handbook Right Now? Here’s Why It’s A Good Idea
With all the chaos of the coronavirus, you may be thinking who has time to redo a handbook?