NH Municipal Employers: Preparing for the Financial Impacts of COVID-19
For those New Hampshire municipalities operating on a fiscal year budget, most did not see significant declines in revenue in the way of unpaid property taxes when collections took place for the first half of the year. However, both state and local officials are anticipating the amount of uncollected property… Read More
Return to Work: Strategies for a Safe and Productive Workforce
Photo by LinkedIn Sales Navigator from Pexels As unemployment benefits shrink and businesses navigate the task of reopening, many workers are returning to work for the first time since the start of shutdowns in March. All too many of them are also struggling with fears of possible workplace exposures as… Read More
Business Continuity / Emergency Response Plans for Coronavirus, Flu and Other Pandemics
As the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread across the globe and now within the United States, many business owners are worried about the impacts it could have on their workforce and overall operations. If you are scrambling to put a Business Continuity / Contingency Plan in place… Read More
Give Your Time and Attendance System a Performance Review
If you are like most employers, your HR and management teams make a concerted effort to ensure your employees receive regular feedback and performance reviews on a timely basis. Assessing people and their performance can be challenging, but employers see the benefit in both employee engagement… Read More
Is Your Use-It-or-Lose-It PTO Policy, Using and Losing Your Employees?
As many companies face their year-end crunch, many employees are facing a critical crunch of their own under their employer’s Use-It-or-Lose-It PTO policy. And with employers grappling with workforce shortages, existing employees are left shouldering greater workloads and that extra work can make it seem like there is no feasible… Read More
How Should You Prepare for the New 2020 Overtime Rules?
The Department of Labor issued a final rule update on overtime pay. The new rules will go into effect on January 1, 2020. These changes will likely have a significant impact on employee payroll processing, productivity and scheduling. So employers should take steps now to review the new thresholds… Read More
FAQs About Missed Employee Time Punches
Almost every employer has been faced with trying to solve the eternal puzzle of how to correct missed employee time punches and what to do about them. Whether employees forget to clock in at the start or to clock out at the end of their shift or fail to punch… Read More
Maine First State to Require Paid Leave for Any Reason
While many states are enacting paid family leave and/or paid sick time laws, Maine is the first state to take things a step further. Starting January 1, 2021, under L.D. 369, Maine employers will be required to provide their employees with paid personal leave under its Earned Employee Leave Act. … Read More
3-Month Delay to the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)
Originally published on June 13, 2019, updated June 14, 2019 While the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave program does not become fully enacted until January 1, 2021 (with most benefits available) and July 1, 2021 (with all benefits being available), initially employers were required to start notifying their employees with… Read More
Staff-Level Requirements Aren’t Just for Healthcare: Are You in Compliance?
With the defeat of Question 1 on the ballot in Massachusetts last week, many assume any issues of staffing ratios are a moot point unless they live in California, which is the only state with mandated staffing quotas for nursing staff. Although many acute care facilities are still concerned about… Read More