Checklist for Benefits Communications

Most companies are receiving employee benefit renewals.  In order to avoid benefits communication errors, it is wise to periodically review communications that employees have received in the past to gauge their perception and understanding.  Ask yourself the following questions: Were these communications meant only to fulfill ERISA compliance regulations, and do they comply with currentContinue Reading

3 Benefits You’ll Need to Offer Post-Pandemic

By Emily Muhoberac, COO, Sapper Consulting Have you reevaluated your employee benefits package since social distancing was implemented? It’s likely that your pre-pandemic perks, plans, and promises won’t hold up after COVID-19 passes. You’ll need new, creative benefits to retain talented employees and snag new superstars. How your company reacts and realigns during this crisisContinue Reading

4 Ways to Help Workers Build Emergency Savings, and How Much Is Enough?

By Amanda Utevsky, PhD As employers reevaluate employee benefits following the labor shock of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic, they must look at ways to both shore up financial health and help reduce potential future stressors. Evidence shows that having enough savings on hand is one of the largest predictors of financial well-being, making employee financial health programs focusedContinue Reading

Red Alert

By Steve Sanders Any event like the COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by increased risk of cybersecurity threats. Unfortunately, cyber criminals are adept at taking advantage of the increasing vulnerabilities stemming from remote work environments. During this time, it is critical that you and your institution’s employees exercise caution and remain nimble in your cyber defensesContinue Reading

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PEO and the Pandemic

A new study by McBassi & Company surveyed PEO clients across the nation concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The results are right in line with the feedback UniqueHR received from our clients. Concerning PPP Loans: 98% of PEO clients’ PPP loan applications were successful. PEO clients were more than twice as likely to receive PPP loans–65.9%Continue Reading

Payroll Tax Delay- The Memorandum in 6 Points

Summary of President Trump’s Payroll Tax Memorandum Prepared by Davis and Harman The payroll tax memorandum was signed by President Trump on August 8, 2020. It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to implement a delay of certain employees’ obligations to pay certain Social Security taxes. The Payroll tax provision awaits Treasury guidance and accordingContinue Reading

Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, Now What?

Across the country the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 has taken a sharp turn upward.  In Texas, the daily number of positive tests for COVID-19 increased from 864 on May 1, 2020, to 1,312 on June 1, and 6,991 on July 1.    This spike prompted Governor Abbott to declare  a pauseContinue Reading

Legal Immigration Further Restricted

Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Proclamation to further restrict legal immigration.  Employers are prevented from bringing new H-1B, H-2B, L-1A, L-1B, and J-1 workers into the United States.  Effective June 24, 2020 new temporary visas will be barred through 2020 for foreign workers and their dependents. Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Joseph Edlow,Continue Reading

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Reopen Texas: Phase III – PAUSED

September 17, 2020, Governor Abbott announces expanded capacity for certain businesses Governor Abbott expanded capacity limits to 75% specifically for: restaurants retail stores offices gyms The Governor specifically prohibited bars from reopening. June 26, 2020, Governor Abbott takes Executive Action to limit spread of COVID-19 Governor Abbott is limiting certain businesses in an effort toContinue Reading

PPP Loan Forgiveness: UPDATES

UPDATE: July 1, 2020:  U.S. Congress extends PPP Application Deadline to August 8. The PPP application deadline has been extended from June 30, 2020 to August 8, 2020.  The President is expected to sign the bill later today.  No other details or aspects of the PPP have been changed. U.S. Congress: House Passes Legislation toContinue Reading

Return to Work

COVID-19: Back to Business Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Businesses are gearing up to get back to …well, business.  This cheat sheet will help you consider things to keep your work environment safe, and help you develop a plan of action for return-to-work in a post-pandemic world.  Before opening your business, be sure to review federal, state, and local protocols for your industry.  CheckContinue Reading

COVID-19 Emergency Unemployment Benefits

The US Department of Labor issued Unemployment Insurance Program Letters to enhance State Unemployment provisions during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  What does this mean for employers and the unemployed? Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Unemployment Compensation Provisions The Federal government is working with State governments to issue grants, to provide emergency flexibilities related toContinue Reading

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