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

June 26, 2020, Governor Abbott takes Executive Action to limit spread of COVID-19 Governor Abbott is limiting certain businesses in an effort to contain COVID-19: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businessesContinue 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

Update: PPP Borrowers , CARES Act Tax Deferrals

UPDATE: Congress passed legislation for additional funding for small businesses. Approximately $310 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program with no changes to eligibility requirements. $10 billion for Economy Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance Grants and $50 billion additional authorization for EIDL loans $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers’ COVID-19 expenses and losses $25Continue Reading

Payroll Protection Plan Loan: PEO Clients

April 7, 2020 Late last night, Guidance was provided by the Department of Treasury stating that when PEO clients are applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lenders must accept payroll data provided by a PEO, and can’t turn down a borrower due to lack of a IRS Form 941.  The language further states thatContinue Reading

Help to Keep Business Financially Sound

During this time of uncertainty, UniqueHR is here to help.  Companies are working hard to retain their employees, while still keeping their businesses financially sound.  The government recently passed several acts that affect small businesses.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing companies with alternatives to employee layoffs and hour reductions.  We have complied aContinue Reading

CARES Act Stimulus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which was passed by the Senate late Thursday night, March 26, 2020,  is aimed at providing a massive stimulus to workplaces and employees.  The House approved the CARES Act Friday noon, and President Trump should sign it into law soon.  The CARES Act would provide federalContinue Reading

Coronavirus COVID-19: Small Business Administration Loans

Information below is courtesy of the Small Business Administration.  For more detailed information visit the  SBA website.  Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster. The SBA willContinue Reading

Cornonavirus-COVID-19, Response Act

It is UniqueHR’s goal to keep our clients updated and at the front lines of any regulatory and policy changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which was signed by the president that same evening.  The Act is an economic stimulus plan aimedContinue Reading

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