There were no doubt big changes in 2020 and 2021 with the way we work. Many employees are still dealing with remote work, managing children’s school schedules, or returning to the workplace. With these changing times, employers should consider new benefit offerings to attract and retain employees.
On September 1 President Trump’s Executive Memorandum dated August 8 went into effect. On August 28 the Department of Treasury issued preliminary guidance on the Memorandum which allows certain employees to delay the payment of payroll taxes from September 1 through December 31.
On June 5, 2020 the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will implement substantial changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was signed by President Trump into law. Among other changes, the bill extends the time that businesses have to spend PPP loan funds and alters the forgiveness rules.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan from your bank backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis.The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll and other specific expenses.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance for reporting occupational illnesses related to COVID-19. The provisions will take effect immediately and are intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis.
Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the final version H.R.6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. On Wednesday (March 18) the U.S. Senate passed the bill and the President signed it. The legislation will extend assistance to individuals affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The bill will become effective on April 2, 2020.