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How Can I Protect My Organization from Phishing Scams?

HR Question: I keep seeing reports of large companies being compromised by phishing scams, data leaks, and hacking attacks. How can I protect my organization from some of these attacks? HR Answer: Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically […]

Do I Have to Pay Taxes On My Unemployment Benefits?

HR Question: It’s tax season, and I’m a little confused about how to handle the unemployment benefits I received in 2020 – do I have to pay Federal and State taxes on this income? HR Answer: Millions of people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic were able to receive some relief through unemployment benefits. As the […]

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Can I Require My Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

HR Question: As vaccines continue to roll out, can I require that my employees receive the vaccine? HR Answer: Many employers are now beginning to face the difficult decision of whether or not to require vaccines for their employees. Some employees may refuse to come back into the office without it, others may staunchly refuse […]

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Are Employee Gift Cards Considered Taxable Benefits?

HR Question: To thank my employees for their extra efforts, I have provided them with a $50 gift card.  Accounting is telling me I have to report the value of the gift cards as taxable benefits.  Is that true? HR Answer: Yes, it’s true! According to the IRS, cash, gift certificates, and gift cards are […]

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How to Handle Unemployment Fraud?

HR Question: Our company is getting unemployment notices for people that have never worked here, or in some cases, people who are still employed.  How should I handle this unemployment fraud? HR Answer: The increasing level of unemployment fraud has been a source of frustration for states, employers, and individual employees.  Various US congressional packages […]

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What Does the American Rescue Plan Act Mean for Me?

As of Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The act provides a wide range of extensions, clarifications, and further avenues for funding for many businesses. We’ve summarized the major points below.  New 100% COBRA Premium Subsidy: Beginning April 1, 2021, and ending September 30, 2021, […]

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