Current issues of interest to employers are featured here, dealing with compliance, trends, and recent developments.
Employers Broadening Efforts to Protect Workers’ Health
Employers are broadening their efforts to help their workers cope with COVID-19 while at the same time preparing for an eventual return to a stable workplace, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest survey of employers’ responses to the pandemic.
National Employer Survey Reveals Sweeping Changes
Organizations are making sweeping changes to their benefits programs and workplace practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of the WorldatWork survey.
WCI Members Join the Fight Against COVID-19
Read about the efforts of WCI member companies that are working to make a difference during this coronavirus pandemic.
Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill & Sends it to the House
The Senate has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Cares Act). The bill is comprehensive and includes payroll and non-payroll related items, does not contain an employee payroll tax cut, and makes some changes to the recently signed Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Large employers broaden support for employees during COVID-19 outbreak
Large employers are implementing a series of broad-reaching policies to support employees and their families as the outbreak of COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, according to recent research.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Department of Labor has added to its collection of guidance documents about the COVID-19 outbreak, for both employers and employees.
Buncombe County: Stay Home - Stay Safe
Buncombe County has issued a “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Supplemental Declaration that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. The intent of this supplemental declaration is to further minimize all opportunities for exposure and transmission of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction.
OSHA and WHD release COVID-19 guidance
The Labor Department’s OSHA and its Wage and Hour Division have both published guidance on dealing with coronavirus in the workplace. OSHA has released a comprehensive 35-page guide for employer planning purposes, while the WHD division has released frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 and its intersection with the FLSA and FMLA.
HIPAA Protections During Coronavirus Outbreak
HIPAA privacy rules remain in place during the Coronavirus outbreak to protect PHI, but are also balanced as necessary to treat patients, protect public health, and for other critical purposes.
The PRO Act Revealed
WCI has joined with other employer-oriented organizations to oppose the PRO Act making the rounds in Washington, D.C. Read why we oppose this legislation.