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6 ways Small Businesses Improve Results by Investing in HR
Not every company needs to hire an HR professional, but every company needs to invest in its HR function. Without skilled and experienced human resources advice, small business owners can make expensive mistakes. In addition, HR can offer ownership proactive guidance and recommendation on ways to improve HR processes and procedures and shape and de...
What is Trump’s Employee Payroll Tax Deferral program?
Is your head spinning yet? There have been a dizzying array of federal, state and local financial programs launched to help employers and give economic stimulus to the struggling American economy.  The latest program is the Employee Payroll Tax Deferral program, and it has generated a good number of questions to our office from companies......
New “Simpler and Easier” FMLA Forms Released
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released new revised versions of its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) (dated June 2020).  The revised forms are noticeably different.  The DOL intended them to be simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave ...
CDC Changes Return to Work Guidance for Employers
Last week, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) issued important changes to its guidance to employers, including modifying the criteria used to determine when an employee can be allowed back to work after testing positive for COVID-19.  Employers should immediately change its COVID-19 plans and modify its return to work policies accordingly.  H...
(new) Florida Contractors HR Set Up Manual
Attention Florida Contractors and Construction companies!  We have worked with Florida contractors and construction firms for almost twenty (20) years and have been a regular presenter at Carmen Ciricillo’s (the Construction Comic) Contractors Educational Services seminars since 2016.   Due to repeated requests from Florida Contractors, we...
SBA Publishes the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) just released the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness rules through the publishing of the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. With worksheets and instructions, the SBA has given employers a better understanding of how the forgiveness application process will go. So, what did we learn?  Here are the bi...
New Updated CDC Guidelines for Reopening Workplaces
Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated information and a new tool to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.  First, a Workplace Decision Tree advises employers to first review state and local orders and directions to determine the mos...
Florida Unemployed must Re-certify Every 2 weeks
Governor DeSantis announced over the weekend that unemployed Floridians are required to login to the DEO CONNECT Reemployment portal every two weeks to recertify that they are eligible for benefits. This has caused some confusion from furloughed and laid off employees, because the requirement to search for work was extended to May 30, but this......
COVID-19 Safety at Construction Sites
In Florida, general contractors, construction trades, subcontractors and other construction related businesses have continued to operate during the “safer at home” orders because they were designated as essential businesses. There is also some evidence that working outside, in the sunlight may actually slow the spread of COVID. The CDC ...
Workplace Preparation for “Smart, Safe and Step by Step” Return to Work
On April 29, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 called Safe, Smart, Step by Step Plan for Florida’s recovery.  The plan involves individual responsibility (limiting personal interactions and avoiding large groups), senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to stay hom...
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