Employee Retention Tax Credit Extended and Increased for 2021

Posted by Employer Flexible on March 3, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service is urging employers to take advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), a refundable tax credit, which has been extended and increased through the first six months of 2021.

The credit, designed to aid employers that choose to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic, was part of the CARES Act and originally set to expire at the end of 2020.

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Topics: small business, COVID-19

PPP Small Business Loan Program Re-Opens, More Help Could Be Coming

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 27, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) earlier this month, making nearly $300 billion in forgivable loans available to those small businesses that did not receive a PPP loan last year, as well as a second draw for certain existing PPP borrowers.

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Topics: small business, COVID-19, PPP

Rethinking HR: Remote Recruiting & Onboarding to Remain Post-Pandemic

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 14, 2021

Those smoke signals coming from your HR department in 2020 might have been a cry for help during the COVID-19 pandemic or the staff simply burning the company HR handbook. Rest assured your HR handbook is still needed, maybe more than ever in uncertain times, but since March the coronavirus crisis has made a mockery out of “by the book”.

The best HR policies in 2020 were likely found on digital whiteboards and not in binders, because overnight HR had to embrace a new normal which included remote recruiting and onboarding for almost all nonessential workers.

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Topics: PEO, Human Resources, COVID-19

New Year’s Resolution: Make Sure Data is Secure Even With Remote Work

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 2, 2021

On the top of every HR department’s 2021 New Year’s Resolution list should be a data security review among its remote workforce.

A year ago, for many companies, data security and remote work was not a major issue, but in the last nine months the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally shifted where office work is being done.

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Topics: Cyber Security, COVID-19, Working Remotely

$900 Billion Stimulus Includes Much Needed Help for Small Businesses

Posted by Employer Flexible on December 22, 2020

Congress is expected to pass today a $900 billion stimulus package to help the nation make it through the winter as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the economy.

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Topics: small business, COVID-19

Key Information for Employers Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by Employer Flexible on December 15, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The government expects an initial 2.9 million doses of the vaccine to be distributed in the coming weeks, and projections suggest that there will be enough vaccine to reach the vast majority of Americans who want to take it by April 2021.

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Topics: COVID-19

Will COVID-19 Play the Grinch and Ruin Workplace Holiday Gatherings?

Posted by Employer Flexible on November 10, 2020

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered traditional events in 2020 from cancelled Memorial Day picnics to postponed Fourth of July parades to Halloween touchless trick-or-treating.

With new cases in the United States breaking the 100,000-per day mark and infection rates on the rise across all corners of the country, it appears that the pandemic is ready to play Ebenezer Scrooge next month and say “bah humbug!” to the annual workplace holiday gathering.

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Topics: HR, COVID-19

Good News: SBA Simplifies Forgiveness for PPP Loans Under $50K

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 19, 2020

America’s small business owners will find it easier to have Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven under new rules issued by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department on Oct. 8, 2020.

The PPP was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020, with a goal to help businesses maintain payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: small business, COVID-19

Remote Work and COVID-19: Making Sure Your Company’s PTO Policy Works

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every phase of the way we do business in 2020 and that includes issues such as your company’s PTO policy.

PTO (“Paid Time Off” or “Planned Time Off” or “Personal Time Off”) is a key benefit companies offer to employees to help with recruitment and retention.

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Topics: HR, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Hosting an Effective Virtual Company Meeting

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 10, 2020

Most people have a love-hate relationship with meetings. They love productive meetings, but hate time spent away from their desks.

Then there is humorist Dave Barry, who has a hate-hate relationship with meetings, saying: “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.” With apologies to Barry, meetings are not going away any time soon.

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Topics: Productivity, COVID-19, Remote Work