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Remote Employment 101: Navigating Leave Laws

by Lisa Calick, Director of HR Advisory Employees often need to take time off from work for a variety of reasons.  Not many laws at the federal level provide employees with protected time away from work, however there are a number of states and localities with laws in place that provide employees with protected leave rights. Leave entitlements vary depending on factors such as the number of employees, the length of time needed, and qualifying reasons for the leave, however all of...

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Remote Employment 101: Hiring For Success 

by Lisa Calick, Director of HR Advisory If there is one thing that has changed in the past two years, it is that employers realize they can easily find talent anywhere, and they might now be willing to hire talent to work remotely.  Hiring remote workers across the country, however, brings different challenges that employers may not even think about.  Employers are typically subject to the employment laws of the state where the employee is working, so it is important that attention...

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New York City To Soon Require Salary Ranges in Job Postings

By Lisa Calick, Director, HR Advisory New York City employers will soon have stricter pay transparency obligations. Effective May 15, 2022, employers with four or more employees (including independent contractors) will be required to include salary ranges when advertising a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity. The goal of this law is to further combat pay inequities which may exist particularly for women and minorities. All advertised postings will need to include...

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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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