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Re-Opening After Covid-19: A Small Business Guide

Reopening and returning employees to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic can be a stressful as well as a rewarding time. Returning to the workplace will not be as simple as announcing the reopening or requesting employees to return. Workplaces and processes will need to be altered. Employers and organizations also need to be ready to respect and evolve to fit the needs of these returning team members.

Click here to access a Small Business Guide to Re-Opening After COVID-19.

Health and Travel Declaration Form

Summer is coming up, and people want to travel (this includes your employees).  Below is the link from the CDC on the current guidelines for travel:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

If you would like to implement the Health and Travel Declaration Form with your staff, it is legally compliant. The form can be accessed here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 233-7860.

New Hire Report & Job Refusal Statement

If your business is in the State of Kansas, this pertains to your organization…

If you furloughed your employees, and it is time for them to come back to work, the paperwork that needs to be completed is attached (to inform the Department of Labor – concerning their unemployment benefits):

New Hire – if they come back to work, fill this one out and fax it in;

Job Refusal Form – if they choose to not come back to work, fill this one out and fax it in.

Questions?  Concerns?  Call us.  785-233-7860.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), implemented as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, is designed to provide cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payrolls during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If employers maintain their payrolls, the loans will be forgiven.  For a summary of the Program, please click here.

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FFCRA Poster - Non-Federal

FFCRA Poster

Link:  FFCRA Poster

New DOL Guidance - Small Business Exemption

NEW DEVELOPMENTS.  PLEASE READ…

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated and expanded their “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers” guidance over the weekend (see attached). The guidance now includes more detailed information on the Small Business Exemption for employers with fewer than fifty (50) employees. See questions 58-59. The DOL first identifies (3) three circumstances which would satisfy the requirement that compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will jeopardize the viability of the small business as determined by an authorized officer of the business:

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New DOL Guidance

The legal team (thank you, Allison) has some new updates to share with you.  See below:

The DOL has released new guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the FFCRA. This guidance answers the three (3) main questions we have received from clients:

  1. Can FFCRA leave be taken intermittently? – Yes. See questions 20-22.
  2. What documentation is required for the employee to take leave? See questions 15-16.
  3. Can an employee use PTO to supplement the 2/3 of your normal earnings from paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA to get the additional 1/3 of your normal earnings in order to receive full normal earnings? If the employer and employee both agree. See questions 31-33.

Small Business Exemption

The Department of Labor’s guidance now includes more detailed information on the Small Business Exemption for employers with fewer than fifty (50) employees. The DOL first identifies (3) three circumstances which would satisfy the requirement that compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will jeopardize the viability of the small business as determined by an authorized officer of the business:

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A

If you have questions regarding the FFCRA, you can click here for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.  Additionally, you may click here to download the FFCRA Request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Expanded FMLA Form.

What our clients say...

Norton County Hospital

Gina Frack, BS, RN
Interim CEO and COO
Norton County Hospital
 
“HR Partners earned our trust to revamp our employee handbook, restructure the organizational chart and train and develop our most valuable asset – our workforce.”
 
“We knew we had to improve our overall HR program, but the ‘how’ was overwhelming.  HR Partners helped guide us through the tough work.  Their ongoing support gave staff and the organization encouragement and confidence needed to truly make changes happen.”