The PPP loan forgiveness application is available. Check out these resources to help navigate the regulations:
Education From Our Experts
Our experts deliver free webinars discussing the latest COVID-19 developments and more!
Business During COVID
The latest legislation, plus diversity and inclusion.
Original air date: September 25, 2020
We discuss how virtual learning impacts working parents.
Original air date: August 28, 2020
What do the mask mandates mean for your office?
Original air date: July 31, 2020
PPPFA, + Diversity
Diversity is important in the workplace. Plus, we discuss PPPFA.
Original Air Date: June 10, 2020
Find Your Footing
Special guest Cristina Filippo, Ph.D., shares insights for the people side of your business.
Original air date: May 29, 2020
PPP Loan Forgiveness
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan guidance.
Original air date: May 21, 2020
RETURN TO WORK
Ready to return to the office? Here's how.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2020
Getting back to work, unemployment claims, & PPP loans.
Original Air Date: May 8, 2020
WHAT COMES NEXT
We've been living with COVID-19 for some time. What's next?
Original Air Date: May 1, 2020
We explain the White House's plans for reopening America.
Original Air Date: April 24, 2020
We discuss expanded unemployment under the CARES Act.
Original Air Date: April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Absence Codes
How to administer paid absences due to COVID-19 illness.
Original Air Date: April 10, 2020
The CARES Act
Learn about unemployment and small business loans.
Original Air Date: April 3, 2020
RETURN TO WORK
Thre are a lot of considerations as we cautiously return to work at the office. Below are the reopening phases, as outlined by The White House. Each state and local will follow their own specific plans.
The road back to "business as usual" might not be a linear one. Your community may fly through phases and then have a setback. Flexibility and adaptability are key during this pandemic while we learn to navigate the next normal. Read more about each phase and what it means for your workplace in our blog.
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
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- 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.