What Pfizer’s FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Means for Employers

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 3, 2021

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granting full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, the pressure is on businesses to mandate their employees receive a coronavirus shot.

Fox Business reported that President Joe Biden said after the approval: “Today I’m calling on more companies … in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people. If you’re a business leader, a non-profit leader, a state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that … do what I did last month, requiring employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”

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Topics: COVID-19

Delta Blues: COVID-19 Variant Forces Tough Business Policy Choices

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 13, 2021

Any hope that the COVID-19 pandemic would be fading this summer, allowing for a return to “business as usual” in the fall, has been dealt a severe blow by the highly transmissible Delta variant and rising coronavirus cases in all 50 states.

What some are calling a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections may have business owners feeling like they are on an emotional rollercoaster they wish they could get off of as they are confronted with tough choices on vaccine mandates and return to office policies.

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Topics: Human Resources, COVID-19

Challenges Companies Face with Blended Workforce Approach

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 18, 2021

Decades from now when we look back at the evolution of the workplace, we will likely talk about events in terms of B.C. (Before COVID-19) and A.P. (After Pandemic).

The coronavirus crisis has been a defining moment in how we accomplish work, with most now agreeing that what comes after the pandemic for the workforce and workplace will not be the same as before COVID-19 swept the world by surprise.

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Topics: COVID-19, Working Remotely

Transitioning Your Business to a Post-Pandemic Hybrid Work Model

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 6, 2021

The American economy proved in 2020 that certain sectors could operate on a “Work from Home (WFH)” basis for an extended period, but neither management nor employees were keen to continue the experiment permanently.

With COVID-19 vaccines now open to Americans of all ages, many companies are contemplating or transitioning their workforce to the office, but a return to a pre-pandemic status quo workday is not likely.

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Topics: COVID-19, Working Remotely

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