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What Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Mean for HR and Payroll?

On March 18, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This emergency measure directly imposes upon certain smaller employers new paid family leave and new paid sick leave obligations and expands unemployment insurance.

Besides dealing with immediate public health-related matters, the bill contains several
provisions that will impact employers.

Here are the highlights of the bill that may affect HR, payroll, and legal teams:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace: What to Know, What to Do, What to Avoid

Our 24-hour news cycle is surrounding us with minute-by-minute updates on the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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How HR Tech Can Help You Master Compliance and Culture

Managing people risks and maintaining business compliance are two critical components of the HR function—but both are difficult to master. 

From meeting regulatory deadlines to staying up-to-date on employee training requirements, keeping your business compliant can be a complicated and time-consuming endeavor, especially when it isn’t the only thing on your plate. 

The 2020 Compliance Updates Impacting Your Mid-Sized Business

From an influx of gig workers to an increase in pro-employee regulations, employers have to keep up with the growing demands of the ever-changing work landscape. As new federal and state laws continue to evolve, it’s more important than ever that employers stay on top of deadlines and requirements to avoid costly fees and keep employees safe and happy.

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Key Q1 Dates for HR

Welcome to 2020!

Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard.

We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.

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Key Q2 Dates For HR

April is that transitional month when you both can’t believe how fast Q1 flew by, yet don’t understand how it’s been the longest winter in history. Thankfully, the second quarter of the year includes the start of summer and conference season. Situated after the ups and downs of tax season and before the craze of open enrollment, it’s tempting to relax a bit during Q2. However, there are some key dates to keep in mind before the busy season picks back up.

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Key Q3 Dates for HR

Q3 may seem so far in the future — but time flies, and you'll be surprised when you wake up and all of a sudden it's July. Don't let all the important Q3 dates sneak up on you. Start preparing today with all the important dates you need to know. 

In Q3, departments across your company will be working hard to put the pieces in place to reach their end of year goals. In HR, Q3 is the perfect time to focus on employee engagement and your own career development before facing down the year end/year start tasks that come in Q4.

United We Stand, Divided We Mandate

Managing a workforce that spreads across various states is not an easy task. With federal and state laws changing left and right, it’s becoming even more challenging for multi-state employers to stay compliant. In particular, paid leave policies have evolved drastically over the years, and various states have adopted their own regulations. 

Here are 3 employee leave policies that states have adopted that could be affecting your ability to stay compliant in 2020:

Update: The SECURE Act

Last week, President Trump passed an act that will transform Americans’ ability to save for retirement. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July and then by the Senate this December, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is designed to help small businesses offer retirement plans.

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How to Stay Compliant in 2020

You didn’t get into HR to stress about compliance. With several current and pending anti-harassment mandates occurring at the federal and state levels, the fight to stay compliant is more challenging now than ever before. To help you stay up to date with these changing regulations, ThinkHR’s employee attorney and compliance expert, Jill Albrecht Weimer, hosted Compliance Alert: New and Pending Anti-Harassment Laws. Here are 3 takeaways from this critical webinar that will help you prepare for compliance changes in 2020: