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COBRA Subsidy & More: American Rescue Plan of 2021

Big news for individuals that lost employer health insurance. Effective April 1st, all group health plans subject to COBRA, except health flexible spending accounts (FSA), must provide 100% subsidized coverage, which the employer may recover by claiming a credit against its quarterly Medicare payroll tax liability. The credit can be advanced and is refundable, meaning the…

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Critical Elements of Safety Programs

Every year at work, hundreds of workers are killed, thousands are severely injured, and tens of thousands suffer some form of injury or illness that disrupts their lives while employers pay millions in fines and increased workers’ compensation costs. And that is just the direct impact of ineffective safety programs. Indirect negative impact on employee…

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Nonprofit HR Peer-to-Peer Group

In conjunction with our recent comprehensive nonprofit survey, we are also launching a monthly peer-to-peer HR-focused group for non-profit organizations. The goal is to add value through discussions common to nonprofits and work as a group to create solutions and share resources. Signup below to receive an invitation to the upcoming schedule. Please reach out…

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2021 HR Considerations

If you missed our January 8th webinar on HR Considerations for 2021, please review our attached presentation below. The theme for 2021 is to become an intentional people-focused organization with your actions and strategies around a more personal candidate experience, an organizational personality, communications, leadership, support, EAPs, creative wellness programs, and benefits that address the…

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New Stimulus Package & FFCRA

The new COVID-19 stimulus package does not include an employer requirement to extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave benefit. However, it allows employers to voluntarily opt to continue the benefit and still receive the FFCRA tax credits through March 31st.  [Here is the link to a summary of the COVID-19 relief provisions with…

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Holiday Considerations

Plan your holiday travel policy now and communicate it to all your employees. Stay updated with the latest regulations, orders, and recommendations with the following links: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Employer Paid Leave Requirements OSHA Employer Resources for COVID-19 New Hampshire COVID Guidance Maine COVID-19 Information Massachusetts COVID-19 Guidance California COVID-19 

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What to Do When an Employee Starts Crying in a Disciplinary Meeting

It is uncomfortable to see a person cry, especially if something we said or did was the catalyst.  For this reason, many managers will delay difficult conversations to avoid the potential for conflict and any related emotions. However, rarely will avoidance resolve the issue. Early invention is the key to more effective constructive feedback and…

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Empathy is Essential During Pandemic’s Tough Decisions

Published in Union Leader: Employers have to show empathy while making tough decisions to maintain morale and avoid getting sued for their actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, a human resources specialist says. During a UNH Center for Family Enterprise & CEO Forum webinar on Wednesday, Amy Cann, managing partner at HR ROI Consulting in Portsmouth,…

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End of the Road: Termination

Deciding to terminate someone’s employment under any circumstances is complicated. The risk means employers must be thoughtful, fair-minded, and strategic. Termination on-the-spot without any investigation, conversation, or prior discipline often backfires. If the misconduct is severe, opt to suspend the employee pending an investigation, and carefully review all the evidence first. Make sure the organization…

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