Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program requires employers to make leave time available to employees for certain reasons related to COVID-19. This program is effective from May 28, 2021 to April 1, 2022, or when funding runs out, whichever is first.The Emergency Pay is implemented as a reimbursement program, meaning it does not [...]

February 26th, 2022|compensation, Covid-19|

Update on COVID tax credits

Federal Tax Credits for COVID Have Ended The Federal program that enabled employers to take a tax credit for paying employees who were absent for COVID-related reasons ended on September 30. There is no more so-called "COVID pay" as we have processed for many of our clients for the last year and a half.  COVID [...]

October 8th, 2021|2021 Tax Changes, Covid-19|

IRS changes affecting year-end planning

Contributions limits, taxable income & more The IRS has recently released some important updates you'll need to know for the fourth quarter of this year. Contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) The IRS has released the maximum contribution limit for HSAs when employees are participating in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). For employees with [...]

August 28th, 2021|2021 Tax Changes, Covid-19|

How employers can support the mental health of their employees during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to [...]

January 20th, 2021|Covid-19|

Update on COVID Sick Pay

COVID Sick Pay Update The new COVID Relief Bill states that employees will not get new Emergency Paid Sick Leave hours. They may use —the unused portion of their original allotment that remains on January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. For instance, if an employee who was entitled to 80 hours of EPSL between [...]

December 30th, 2020|Covid-19, FFCRA|

Telework & business costs: Covid-19 guidelines for reimbursing workers

Covid-19 Guidelines for Reimbursing Workers As the Covid-19 emergency continues, many employees are still working remotely, and that may mean employers have the responsibility to reimburse business expenses workers incur at home. Depending on how these expenses impact workers' income, both state and federal laws come into play. In some cases, employees may not have [...]

September 9th, 2020|Covid-19, reimbursement|

Violation of federal law: 2 weeks of self-quarantine without paid sick leave

ZoomX Inc., a delivery service contractor in Katy TX, failed to provide paid sick leave to an employee whose healthcare provider advised the employee to self-quarantine for two weeks due to the coronavirus. For this violation of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ZoomX was penalized $1700 [...]

September 9th, 2020|Covid-19, Uncategorized|