Part-time HR During the Time of COVID-19

Posted by James on July 8, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Coordinating Human Resources wasn't in your job description when you were interviewed and hired at this little company of 47 employees. But you're a fast study and have a friendly personality, and so after six months at work you were asked to show a new hire around. Afterwards you thought, "There should probably be an orientation and initial paperwork process for when new people are hired," and so you took the initiative and created one. The benefits enrollment process interested you, and so you became the main contact with the broker. One day, somebody asked if the minimum wage poster in the break room was current. It wasn't, so you retrieved the latest version from the Department of Labor website and started checking and replacing the other notices from time to time. HR tasks didn't take up too much of your time, and it was kind of fun keeping on top of things.

Then a pandemic hit.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

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

How much time are you going to waste managing Workers' Compensation cases?

Posted by James on June 9, 2020 at 10:31 AM

As employees begin returning to the workplace from an extended period of home isolation, it is quite possible that we'll see a short-term bump in accidents and Workers' Compensation claims. It's going to take some time to restore old routines and form new ones in the offices, warehouses, and work spaces that have been quiet over the past few months. Mistakes are going to happen, and some of those mistakes are going to cause accidents that result in Workers' Compensation cases. How much time will you waste juggling all the different tools you use to manage those cases? With an integrated Human Capital Management solution like People Savvy HCM, the answer might be, "Not much."

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Topics: HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

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

COVID-19 HR Update: New Federal Benefits Legislation

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 19, 2020 at 4:04 PM

With all the constant, fast-breaking news pertaining to COVID-19, you may not have heard that yesterday, President Trump signed the “phase two” stimulus legislation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides paid leave for certain workers, enhances unemployment insurance, and ensures free testing for infection by the Coronavirus. Unemployment eligibility requirements have been eased by waiving the work search requirements as well as the waiting week before benefits can be claimed. This measure also helps take care of small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) by providing reimbursement through tax credits for offering the qualified paid leaves.

Following his a very high overview of the paid leave benefits. For additional, detailed information, we encourage you to refer to the H.R. 6201 Act passed by Congress.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, News Alert, Human Resources, Healthcare, HR Compliance, Family Leave Acts, Benefits

HR Alert! Overtime Rule Change

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final ruling today for overtime pay when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Employees who make less than $35,568 will be eligible for overtime effective January 1, 2020. This is expected to affect approximately 1.3 million American workers.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

Helpful Termination Guidance

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 3, 2019 at 9:17 AM

“At-Will” Employment State

Oregon, along with most of the U.S. (with the exception of Montana), is an at-will employment state. At-will employment means employers can terminate employees at any time without reason, explanation, or warning (except for wrongful termination reasons, like race, religion, and disability). It also means an employee can quit at any time for any reason...or no reason at all. Typical exceptions to this include the following: Employment Contracts, Implied Contracts, Good Faith and Fair Dealing (i.e. employers terminating employees to avoid their duties like paying for healthcare, retirement, or commission-based work), and Public Policy.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

A Good Reminder of How Workers' Compensation Rates Are Calculated

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 16, 2019 at 12:09 PM

People quickly and understandably become very confused when it comes to reviewing Workers' Compensation policies and rates from insurance carriers. At its most basic, the following formula is used to calculate Workers' Compensation premiums:

Payroll (per $100) X Class Code Rate X Experience Modifier (MOD) + State Fees/Surcharges = Premium

Let’s break down each of these elements and explain where the amounts come from.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

When it comes to Workers' Compensation claims, documentation is key

Posted by James on August 14, 2019 at 10:04 AM

If you are one of the few, select individuals who loves addressing and managing Workers' Compensation issues, then any HR department would be lucky to have you. It probably means you're extremely organized, exceptionally patient, and incredibly resourceful. You probably have the tact of an international diplomat and the steel-trap memory of an elephant.

For all the rest of us less naturally inclined towards this topic...well...we need some extra help.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

August HR Topic: Demystifying Workers' Compensation

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 31, 2019 at 11:01 AM

In what year did Congress pass the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which is believed by many to be the start of the path to Workers’ Compensation?

A. 1959
B. 1970
C. 1908
D. 1942

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies

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