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Our HR and risk & compliance experts deliver free COVID-19 webinars every Friday. Register now!
UPCOMING: WORKPLACE GUIDANCE
We're reentering a different workplace than it was before. Get expert guidance from our HR pros.
When: Friday, June 12, 2020, 10:00 AM CentralREGISTER
Find Your Footing in an Upside Down World
During times of crisis, we know two things:
- People in your company need to be resilient and have a sense of well-being to meet the new demands, and
- You as a business owner need to be as effective as possible in your leadership to be able to survive and thrive in the coming months.
Special guest Cristina Filippo, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist, has been working with organizations for 15 years and knows the levers that need to be pulled to ensure that your company is performing at the highest level possible. She shares insights and tips on best practices for ensuring the people side of your business is well taken care of.
Original air date: May 29, 2020WATCH
RETURN TO WORK
Depending on state and local laws, many employees will be returning to the office soon. We answer your questions.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2020WATCH
Our experts discuss getting back to work, handling unemployment claims, and PPP loans.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2020WATCH
WHAT COMES NEXT
We've been living with COVID-19 for some time. Many business owners are wondering: what comes next? We'll discuss, plus answer your questions.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2020WATCH
THE LATEST INFO
Get the latest info on where we stand with COVID-19.
Original Air Date: April 24, 2020WATCH
We answer your questions about new laws, best practices, and what it all means for your business.
Original Air Date: April 17, 2020WATCH
Our experts will provide info on where we stand now, give tips for your company, and answer your questions.
Original Air Date: April 10, 2020WATCH
The CARES Act
The CARES Act includes unemployment expansion and individual payments. Learn about this and small business loans.
Original Air Date: April 3, 2020WATCH
Info for Employers
Watch the recording of our recent webinar, offering more answers to coronavirus legislation.
Original air date: March 27, 2020WATCH
Decoding HR 6201
HR 6201 passed on March 18, offering relief for small businesses. Get a rundown from our experts on what this means to you.
Original air date: March 20. 2020WATCH
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes paid sick leave and expanded unemployment benefits.
The CARES Act adds relief in the form of loans or tax credits to small businesses, plus payments to individuals. Our experts have broken down both into understandable terms. See what it means for you.
FFCRA CARES Act
For qualified members, Aetna offers a $0 copay for COVID-19 testing and treatment, plus all teleheath visits.
For your safety, CVS pharmacies are temporarily offering free prescription delivery via mail.
Avoid the hospital if possible; members can get diagnoses from health professionals over the phone.
Answers to Your Questions
For complete questions and answers, please click the download button below each section.
- Is Nextep still open?
Since we provide paychecks, benefits, workers' compensation, and file payoll taxes on behalf of our clients, Nextep is an essential business and has remained open for business as usual. Don't fear - our advanced technology allows most of our employees to work from home and continue uninterrupted services to you during this time. Read more about how Nextep's workforce is responding to COVID-19 on our blog.
- Working from home is a big change. How can I make it work?
Working from home has its own unique challenges. Some ways to make it work:
- Use videoconferencing
- Follow your normal routine as much as possible
- Over-communicate with your team
Read our blog with more tips on working from home!
- If an employee comes to the office coughing and/or sneezing, does an employer have the right to ask them to leave the workplace?
If an employee is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, they should not be at work. They should follow CDC guidelines regarding home isolation and/or testing. Additionally, employees may have the right to paid sick leave under FFCRA if they test positive for COVID-19. Read our blog for more info about FFCRA.
- What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA)?
The FFCRA's paid leave rules are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Read more about FFCRA on our blog.
- What records do I need to keep when my employee takes paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave?
Private sector employers that provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave required by the FFCRA are eligible for reimbursement of those costs through refundable tax credits. If you intend to claim a tax credit, keep appropriate documentation in your records. Visit irs.gov for applicable forms and instructions to claim a tax credit, including any substantiation needed. You are not required to provide leave if materials to support the tax credit haven't been provided.
If one of your employees takes expanded family and medical leave to care for his or her child whose school or child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19, you may also require your employee to provide additional supporting documentation to the extent permitted under conventional FMLA leave requests. (such as a notice posted on a day care website, or published in a newspaper, or an email from an employee or official of the school, place of care, or child care provider.)
- Where can I find the required FFCRA poster?
Effective April 1, 2020, employers must prominently post FFCRA provisions to all employees. A free printable poster has been provided by the Department of Labor.
- Can you tell me more about the free telehealth services that are offered now?
Teladoc is doing what it can to support members at this time. You can read more details about what it's doing, get resources, and learn how to access services in our blog article.
- Can I cancel my benefits to save money and add them back once I am working again?
Only certain benefits can be added back on after cancelling. Pet insurance, for example, may be added back at any time, while medical would have to wait until the next open enrollment. However, certain COVID-19-related conditions, such as reduction in hours, may create a federally-approved qualifying event that will allow off-schedule changes to your plans. Please contact your benefits specialist for individualized help.
- What happens to my benefits if I am not currently working but still employed with the company?
Your benefits will stay active as long as you are an active employee with your company. The employer will pay the monthly cost for your benefits during your leave. Once you return to work, you will need to contact Nextep immediately to avoid all missed deductions being withheld from your first paycheck back after your leave. Nextep's benefit team can setup a payment plan to help you get caught up on any of your missed benefit deductions.
HR WHERE YOU ARE
You need technology that keeps up with you, whether you're in the office or at home. You should be able to access everything, regardless of which device you're using.
Your Nextep mobile app delivers all of your employment-related information such as paystubs and benefits to your fingertips. Manage your info anytime, anywhere, and on your own terms.
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We're here to help! Whether you have questions about how The Families First Coronavirus Response Act or the CARES Act applies specifically to you, would like to submit a question for our next free webinar, or just need to know what happens next, our experts are here for you.