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Since the “stay at home” order has been lifted, and the Memorial weekend has passed, many calls have come into HR Partners from employers discussing possible COVID-19 “exposure” scenarios with their respective employees. So far, most of the “exposures” have come back with negative test results; two were positive.
So, what should an employer do when an employee reaches out to them about a possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus? Below is a link to CDC guidelines which can assist you, but if you are still concerned about how to proceed with this new development, please call us at 233-7860. We have answers.
HR Partners' own Kristina Dietrick was on the KSNT Town Hall broadcast last night. Please see a clip from the LIVE show, below:
Reopening and returning employees to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic can be a stressful as well as a rewarding time. Returning to the workplace will not be as simple as announcing the reopening or requesting employees to return. Workplaces and processes will need to be altered. Employers and organizations also need to be ready to respect and evolve to fit the needs of these returning team members.
Summer is coming up, and people want to travel (this includes your employees). Below is the link from the CDC on the current guidelines for travel:
If you would like to implement the Health and Travel Declaration Form with your staff, it is legally compliant. The form can be accessed here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 233-7860.
If your business is in the State of Kansas, this pertains to your organization…
If you furloughed your employees, and it is time for them to come back to work, the paperwork that needs to be completed is attached (to inform the Department of Labor – concerning their unemployment benefits):
New Hire – if they come back to work, fill this one out and fax it in;
Job Refusal Form – if they choose to not come back to work, fill this one out and fax it in.
Questions? Concerns? Call us. 785-233-7860.
The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), implemented as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, is designed to provide cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payrolls during the COVID-19 pandemic. If employers maintain their payrolls, the loans will be forgiven. For a summary of the Program, please click here.
Link: FFCRA Poster
NEW DEVELOPMENTS. PLEASE READ…
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated and expanded their “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers” guidance over the weekend (see attached). The guidance now includes more detailed information on the Small Business Exemption for employers with fewer than fifty (50) employees. See questions 58-59. The DOL first identifies (3) three circumstances which would satisfy the requirement that compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will jeopardize the viability of the small business as determined by an authorized officer of the business:
The legal team (thank you, Allison) has some new updates to share with you. See below:
The DOL has released new guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the FFCRA. This guidance answers the three (3) main questions we have received from clients: