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OSHA Updates for COVID-19

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The guidance is directed to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) regarding the enforcement of an employer’s duty to properly record instances of occupational illnesses involving COVID-19 and goes into effect on May
  According to the guidance, SBA and Treasury plan to issue a new rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and the same number of hours) from the loan forgiveness reduction calculation spelled out in the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L. 116-136,
On March 25th, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) released information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In order to make all employees aware of the changes to paid leave, the DOL has provided a poster that must be displayed where it is clearly visible. Below are a series of frequently asked questions about
First, we hope all of you, your families and your employees are safe! As you may have heard, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (see details below).  Please note that this is all very new and is still very fluid, so many questions have not been addressed by Congress or

Corona Virus and Salaried Employees

In order to discuss this situation, it is important to understand the law that governs this issue.   Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, in order to classify a position as “exempt”, it must meet 3 tests:   Salary Level Test – As of 1/1/2020, the Dept. of Labor issued new laws that require employers
 On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, a pandemic. As of March 17, 2020, there are 4,661 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, 48 of which are in Wisconsin. In the midst of this evolving health crisis, employers have many questions about what they can do
What Employers Need to Know About Coronavirus The World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. You can read the Director-General’s opening remarks HERE.   With this continuing threat, our clients have been reaching out asking how they can help control the spread in

Little Known Facts about Overtime

According to § 778.419 (see section below), if your hourly employee is performing two or more different jobs during the week and is paid different amounts for each job AND the employee works overtime hours during that 7-day workweek, the employee can agree that the overtime premium can be 1.5 times the hourly rate of

THERE’S A NEW W-4 FORM FOR 2020

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW In August, the Internal Revenue Service issued a major revision to the 2020 W-4 form (click here to see the DRAFT version).  The official version has NOT been released yet. By releasing the nearly-finalized version now, the IRS hopes it will give employers and payroll processors extra time to learn
Employees who make less than $35,568 must now be raised to that level or be reclassified as non-exempt/hourly employees.  If employers reclassify these employees to non-exempt/hourly, the employee would be eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new rate will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from