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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
HR Question: I currently have an employee who is out on FMLA leave due to their own serious injury. Multiple employees have come to me sharing the employee’s Facebook post where she is sitting on the beach – clearly on vacation. The employees are upset and demand that she be fired. Can my employee take […]
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