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HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY

Recently, the President issued a memorandum on “Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.” This memorandum institutes a payroll tax holiday for the rest of 2020, specifically for social security. The IRS also issued guidance on the memorandum for interpretive purposes. General Policy Employers that are required to withhold and pay the employee’s share of social security tax (or the railroad retirement tax equivalent) have the option of deferring those taxes for the period of September 1, 2020 through D...
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NEW EMERGENCY COVID-19 RULES FROM ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Effective August 7, several new emergency rules have gone into effect related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules were adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in response to Governor Pritzker’s Gubernatorial Proclamations and Executive Orders. They will remain in place for a maximum of 150 days. General Provisions At its core, these new rules were adopted in order to clarify the IDPH’s role in investigating and suppressing the pandemic. Businesses across the state have been somewhat confused as to what authority IDPH ...
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OSHA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As many employers have probably realized by now, the rules set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) play an extremely important part in how businesses need to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. But complying with all these different rules and regulations can be confusing for even the savviest business owner, which is why OSHA recently published a new FAQ page to address common questions related to the virus. This blog post discusses some of the more pertinent issues for small business owners, but other concerns are ad...
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DON’T FORGET ABOUT JULY EMPLOYMENT LAWS

While COVID-19 has us all scrambling to find a sense of “normal” in the workplace nowadays, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of other issues that can have a significant impact on our businesses. As you may remember, January of this year brought about quite a few changes to employment laws, and resulted in a large number of businesses having to update their employment policies. Well, the same thing happened a couple months ago in July! Don't forget about these important employment laws that are currently affecting your business. ...
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DO I HAVE TO PAY EMPLOYEES FOR TEMPERATURE CHECKS?

COVID-19 has changed a lot of the normal practices we see in the workplace. Masks, social-distancing, and not to mention unprecedented legislation on federal paid sick leave. There’s a lot that employers have to keep up with. And one of these new workplace practices is temperature checks. In an effort to increase safety within the workplace, a number of employers are now mandating that employees get their temperatures checked right before entering the building. While this can be a great idea in terms of safety, it does present a novel questio...
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