As we approach year-end, we recommend the following tasks be completed before the last payroll is processed.
For any questions on year-end processing, contact us at email@example.com
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudulent unemployment claims have been increasing. In July, the FBI alerted employers about the rise in fraudulent unemployment claims. Stolen identity information is being used for unemployment benefits using the names and personal information of employees who have not lost their jobs.
It is important for employers to monitor and confirm the legitimacy of claims. Employers can take the following actions to help prevent fraudulent unemployment claims from being paid:
Employers have the responsibility to assist their employees whose personal information has been stolen. The Department of Labor provides information on how to report unemployment fraud in each state. The site is; U.S. Department of Labor Offers Fraud Prevention Resources To Enhance Integrity of Unemployment Insurance Programs | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)
When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, can an employer require employees to take the vaccine? Until further guidance by the EEOC, employers should encourage employees to get the vaccine, instead of making it a requirement. A thorough, objective policy should be communicated based on business necessity and the policy should be applied consistently.
Items to include in the policy;
We expect to hear more about the Covid-19 vaccine guidelines for employers in the next few months; however, employers should start thinking about their policy. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help develop a policy.
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion expires on December 31st with no word on if they will be extended. In the meantime, if employees are absent due to a COVID-19 related reason, such as taking care of themselves or others due to COVID -19, including school closures, the employee may be eligible for benefits under the programs until the end of the year. For information on the FFCRA Act, contact us at email@example.com