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Be Who You Are, and You’ll Get to Where You Want to Be

Amanda Dominguez, Chief Operating Officer at Wiss, sits down with the Marketing Team to talk about her ever-evolving career. Is there someone you look up to as a leader? Amanda: In his famous work, The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran says on teaching, “If he [the teacher] is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” I’m thinking of someone I’ve worked with – a mentor, leader and friend who encapsulated this very...

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The Masks are Off! …Or Are They? 

By Lisa Calick, Director, HR Advisory Business leaders are grappling with how to manage company practices regarding mask mandates and vaccinations. The CDC’s recent announcement that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks or social distance, except in limited circumstances, is welcome news to so many people.  Employers need to tread carefully, however since many states and localities have their own legislative requirements that companies may still need...

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Guidance from the IRS on COBRA & ARPA

By Lisa Calick, Director, HR Advisory In an earlier blog, we highlighted the COBRA premium subsidy that was provided under the American Rescue Plan Act.  As expected, the IRS has now issued further guidance that provides additional clarification on the subsidy.  Notice 2021-31 has been released and addresses some of the many questions that have been outstanding since the passage of the new law.  There is an extensive list of questions and answers in the newly released...

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American Rescue Plan: Free COBRA Coverage

By Lisa Calick, Director, HR Advisory The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), now signed by President Biden, includes important changes which employers need to be aware of regarding COBRA coverage for certain eligible employees and their dependents.  It provides up to 6 months of free COBRA coverage for Assistance Eligible Individuals, a special COBRA enrollment window, and new notice obligations. Premium Subsidy for Assistance Eligible Individuals One of the major provisions...

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HR Alert: New Jersey Executive Order

By Lisa Calick This week, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order that establishes mandatory health and safety standards in an effort to protect workers across all industries in New Jersey during the pandemic. The Executive Order requires both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols for their in-office employees effective November 5, 2020. These new standards include the following health and safety protocols: Health screening of all employees...

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FFCRA Paid Leave Update: Return to School

By Lisa Calick On August 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor issued new guidance in the form of three additional FAQs to define when a school is considered closed for purposes of leave entitlements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The additional guidance covers three scenarios: Hybrid Learning When the school operates through hybrid learning, students attend in-person on certain days and through remote learning on other days.  In these situations, the...

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HR Compliance Checklist

By Lisa Calick Regardless of a company’s size, it is important to make sure that its policies and practices comply with employment laws that exist at the Federal, State, and Local levels.  Doing so will help to minimize liability and risk. Below are some key areas that a company should pay close attention to. Hiring and Onboarding Have job descriptions and job postings been reviewed to ensure they are current and contain accurate information? If employment applications are used,...

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HR Alert:  New Jersey Issues Poster Regarding Employee Misclassification

By Lisa Calick A new mandatory poster has been made available for New Jersey businesses.  Earlier in the year, Governor Murphy signed into legislation new laws intended to combat worker misclassification.  Part of that package included a requirement for companies to conspicuously post a notice, which has now been released.  While the notice is to be placed at the worksite, there has been no guidance on how to handle that process in our current environment with so many companies operating...

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By Lisa Calick I’ve been forced to furlough my employees due to a slowdown in business operations.  Are they still eligible for the leave entitlements as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act? Unfortunately no.  If you have furloughed your employees because there is not enough work for them, they are not entitled to take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Act.  They may, however, be eligible for unemployment benefits through your State. Many...

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Coronavirus Relief Update for Employers in New York and New Jersey

By Lisa Calick Like many of you, we have been working to keep up with current news regarding information for businesses and their employees. The speed at which there are changes and announcements at the federal and state levels is rapid, and our goal is always to relay that information. Federal, state and local governments are working to develop financial aid packages to help businesses that are struggling as a result of the pandemic.  As companies struggle with how to continue their...

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