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OSHA, OSHA…..IMPORTANT – Final Temporary COVID-19 Rules for Employers

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 13, 2020 at 2:52 PM

On November 6, 2020, Oregon OSHA issued final temporary rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in workplaces by requiring employers to implement a comprehensive set of risk-reducing measures. The rules will take effect November 16th, with some tasks phased in, and are expected to remain in effect until May 4, 2021. These new rules affect all employers and include additional requirements for high-risk jobs.

The following is a summary taken from the final temporary rules requirements for all workplaces:

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Topics: HR Compliance, HR Policies, COVID-19, workplace safety

Fall Fun with the FFCRA

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 8, 2020 at 2:32 PM

Here we are. The first of October. Does everyone know what that means? Yes, it means the leaves are falling and changing colors, and the holidays are quickly approaching. Payroll/Accounting departments know what it means, too: it’s time, once again, for quarter end.

At the end of September, the IRS issued an updated Form 941 and instructions to be used beginning third quarter of 2020. The Form 941 has been revised to allow employers, who have elected to defer the withholding and payment of the employee share of social security tax on wages paid on or after September 1, 2020, to include the deferral on line 13b. The following additional guidance was also released on completing Line 16, to avoid failure-to-deposit penalties:

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes, Family Leave Acts, COVID-19

September HR Topic: Maximizing Health & Safety in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 10, 2020 at 8:15 AM

If there has ever been a year that employees and customers feel insecure and unsafe, 2020 is definitely right up there. It seems as though around every corner there is a new challenge. Businesses are trying to support the feelings of uncertainty all the while trying to keep the doors open and make financially responsible decisions. Daily questions continue to include: when is it safe to bring employees physically back to work; is it legal to reopen my business; am I doing everything possible to protect everyone.

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Topics: COVID-19, workplace safety

Executive Action: More Questions Than Answers for Payroll!

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 13, 2020 at 8:47 AM

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive action that postpones the collection of employee payroll taxes from September 1st through December 31st. This affects the Social Security FICA taxes. The idea behind taking this action is that, during these difficult economic times due to the COVID pandemic, deferring tax withholding has the potential to put more money in working Americans' pockets to help boost the economy. This action of the Executive Branch results from Congress being unable to arrive at a compromise regarding another round of stimulus assistance.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Payroll, Taxes, COVID-19

Check Something Off Your HR To-Do List Today!

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 29, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Can anyone else believe how fast 2020 is passing by? We are almost half way through summer already! Do any of my HR friends out there have reviewing and revising (or creating?) the employee handbook on their growing list of things to do? With all of this year's other unanticipated priorities taking precedence, I bet it is pretty close to the bottom right now. If you want to move it up briefly and check it off the list quicker than you anticipated, following are some great resources that might just help you do that.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Employee Handbook

Handling Workplace Harassment

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM

Over the past few months, we have all been hyper-focused on navigating our organizations safely through the current, unprecedented times. We've been furloughing employees and bringing them back; making sure we provide a safe work environment or making remote working the new normal; administering all the new government compliance programs and reporting paid sick leave and extended FMLA. While these responsibilities have been taking most of our time and are, understandably, very important, we still have to make sure we are checking items off from our normal HR to-do list, like making sure the employee handbook is up-to-date, maintaining performance management programs, completing OSHA reporting, conducting safety training, benefits renewals, and open enrollments...and the list goes on and on.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

Critical COVID-19 Information for Employers

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 21, 2020 at 11:53 AM

While the presence of the Coronavirus in the United States stretches into its fifth month, the pandemic continues to impact employers, their businesses, and their workers. Three of the latest developments are below.

As your business continues addressing these items, please remember that Bennett/Porter & Associates is here to continue supporting you, your employees, and your organization. We strive to keep you up-to-date on all the latest HR, payroll, and employer-related technology changes that impact your company. If you are not currently signed-up to receive our Blog posts, we encourage you to do so in order to avoid missing important updates such as these. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or technology needs you have.

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Topics: News Alert, Human Resources, Payroll, Family Leave Acts, COVID-19

COVID-19, Returning to Work, and OSHA...OH MY!

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 15, 2020 at 10:18 AM

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are asking questions like how and when is it safe to re-open their organizations. Meanwhile, local governments are working through very confusing phases of re-opening regulations. And as if that's not enough to think about, OSHA updated the rules for employer obligations of reporting COVID-19 as a workplace illness. Lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY! Could this be anymore overwhelming? In this post, we will attempt to help make sense of some of the latest updates, and we're also offering a free webinar on COVID-19 workplace safety as well as a policy template so that you have two valuable resources to assist your progress in these safety-related tasks.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, COVID-19, workplace safety

Ready or Not, Here Comes July

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 8, 2020 at 1:31 PM

With everything that has happened this year, does anyone else feel like we are in some strange time warp? Anyone know what month it is? Oh that is right, it's June. Crazy to think that we are halfway through 2020 already! So July is just next month, and it brings with it some important deadlines and potential changes for payroll and accounting departments. Here are some critical dates in July that you don't want to lose track of.

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Topics: Payroll, HR Compliance, Taxes

Free HR Webinar: Workplace Health and Safety, Post-COVID-19

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 4, 2020 at 8:11 AM

Many counties are working through the required phases to get people back to work, and that leaves employers trying to figure out how to safely return to the new normal. Employee safety is generally a number one priority for employers. As businesses face post-COVID-19 reopening, following are some key factors to consider:

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Topics: Human Resources, COVID-19, workplace safety

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