Appropriations Bill Extends Supplemental Unemployment Benefits

The massive appropriations and COVID-19 relief legislation that President Donald Trump signed December 27, 2020, includes provisions that extend various supplemental employment benefits until March or April, depending on the program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, includes the Continued Assistance Act, which continues much of the relief originally provided in last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief,Continue Reading

COVID-19 Collides with Flu Season. Now what?!!

While many workplaces are settling into a COVID-19 groove of social distancing, face masks, and hand sanitizer, we find ourselves on the cusp of flu season in the United States. Employers should start preparing now for what could be a difficult workplace winter. Common Flu Peaks Between December and February Although flu season is hardContinue Reading

PPP: First and Second Draw Loans

Payroll Protection Program (PPP) portal resumes January 11, 2021 to accept applications for First Draw PPP Loans.  Second Draw Loan applications are accepted January 13, until March 31, 2021.  The Payroll Protection Program is a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their employees on payroll. Loans have 1% interest rate. Loans issued before JuneContinue Reading

Cybercriminals Find Ways to Pry, Pounce on Your COVID-19 Planning Efforts

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, cybersecurity and data privacy risks are expanding for employers. Read on to learn some simple steps you can take to address and mitigate the dangers. 2 Key Areas of Opportunity for Cyberthieves Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the pandemic in two ways: First, they’re launching phishing campaigns to lureContinue Reading

2021 Workplace Trends

We all have high hopes for 2021 after reeling through the quagmire of 2020.  How will 2020 shape the workplace of 2021? Here are some top trends from the experts at Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Benchmark One. Changing workplace One thing the experts agree on is that in the post-COVID-19 world, the workplace will never beContinue Reading

$900 Billion COVID-19 Relief

The U.S. Congress passed a $892 billion COVID-19 relief act December 21, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.  President Trump reluctantly signed the bill into law Sunday, December 27, 2020, demanding Congress increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 per individual.  The House passed the  stimulus increase to $2,000 per individual.  The bill heads to theContinue 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

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