COVID-19: Stay Informed & Be Prepared
Like the rest of the world, PeopleStrategy is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During unsettling situations such as the one we face today, employees rely on HR to provide guidance on how best to protect their health and that of their families. One of the best ways for HR professionals to assist employees is to be informed and prepared for the questions you will undoubtedly receive.
In addition to the COVID-19 Updates delivered via our Help Desk, we are sharing general resources we hope will be helpful in navigating the unexpected consequences of the pandemic.
President Signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES): under the $2 trillion CARES Act Americans making $75,000 a year or less will receive $1,200, $600/week will be added to unemployment benefits for four months, there will be relief for the healthcare and airline industries and more. Check out the full provisions of the Act.
DOL Issues Guidance on the FFCRA: Guidance for employees and employers on how each can take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the FFCRA when it takes effect on April 1, 2020
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: The legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families. For additional details, review a summary of the Families First Act.
ICE Okays Remote I-9 Documentation: Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to the novel coronavirus need not review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence for Form I-9, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced March 20.
E-Verify Implements Temporary Policies: E-Verify is extending the timeframe to take action to resolve Social Security Administration (SSA) Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) amd to resolve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) TNCs in limited circumstances when an employee cannot resolve a TNC due to public or private office closures.
Social Security Administration (SAA) Updates: The SSA has created a web page to keep individuals updated on what the SSA is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also register to received alerts when the page information is added or changed.
Templates & Resources
COVID-19 Resources: FFCRA & CARES Acts: PeopleStrategy posted a blog sharing summaries of these key pieces of legislation that impact employees and employers. Below are several resources employers can find helpful in understanding specific provisions of these acts.
PeopleStrategy is proud to partner with ThinkHR, which offers a comprehensive people risk management solution and who has stepped up “big time” for all employers. In addition to the below templates you can download for your organization, ThinkHR is offering a free COVID-19 Resource Center where you can find updates on State & Federal Information, answers to FAQs and a Resource Center.
Webinars & Resources
Johns Hopkins Podcast: Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is on the coronavirus pandemic.
Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers: The Treasury Department & IRS announced special Federal income tax return filing and payment relief in response to COVID-19 in Notice 2020-18. Get answers to deadline questions here.
Small Business Relief Tracker Funding, Grants And Resources For Business Owners Grappling With Coronavirus: In an effort to help business owners find financial relief, Forbes has compiled a list of government agencies, private companies and nonprofits that are offering support.
Articles Worth Reading
Great Tips for Businesses During These Difficult Times: While we all try to navigate these unsettling times and the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be overwhelming, especially for HR professionals and business leaders trying to support employees. The 4 best practices identified in this article may be help.
Don’t forget the WARN Act: The failure of an employer to provide a 60-day notice of layoffs as required by the WARN Act can open it up to a federal lawsuit by employees. Be sure you understand your obligations if undergoing layoffs or closures.
What’s the Difference Between a Furlough & a Layoff? As companies are forced to cut back on expenses or temporarily close due to COVID_19, it is important to understand what qualifies as a furlough and a layoff as well as how to communicate each to employees.
3 Reminders About Coronavirus Scams: As hard as it is to imagine, scammers will take advantage of any situation, even the global Covid-19 pandemic. It’s important for employers, employees and individuals to be alert for scams
Employee Benefits & Compensation Considerations: This article takes a look at several issues relating to COVID-19 – such as paid leave, continuation of benefits, screening employees, retirement plan changes – and provides suggested strategies on how employers can prepare.
Supporting Employees During a Crisis: The impact of COVID-19 is not limited to the risk of infection. Employees will need physical, financial, emotional and developmental support. Ben Eubanks,HR professional, speaker, and blogger shares thoughts on how best to support employees in all areas.
Parents Forced Into Triple Duty: As schools and daycare facilities close across the country, many parents fine themselves pulling triple duty: working, parenting and teaching. We can take solace in knowing we are not alone in the struggle and that we get to spend extra time with our kids 🙂