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DOT Announces Limited Drug-Test Waiver for Commercial Drivers

Author: hrwsAdmin

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a limited drug-testing waiver for commercial drivers. The waiver (announced June 5, 2020 and in place until September 30, 2020) is designed to provide regulatory relief for pre-employment drug testing for furloughed drivers. Typically, any driver who has been out of the random testing pool for 30 days…

EEOC Provides FAQs on Covid-19, the ADA, Rehabilitation Act & More

Author: hrwsAdmin

Click here to view, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”

Travel Restrictions to Canada and Mexico Extended

Author: hrwsAdmin

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced on Tuesday that the United States will extend travel restrictions (in place since March), at the Canadian and Mexican borders, until July 21, 2020. Essential travel is permitted, while travel for tourism and recreation continues to be prohibited due to the Coronavirus. Secretary Wolf stated  “Based on the…

OSHA Releases FAQs Related to Face Coverings in the Workplace

Author: hrwsAdmin

Click Here for OSHA’s FAQs & Answers: (Covid-19) Workplace Face Coverings

IRS Announces 2020 PCORI Fees

Author: hrwsAdmin

The IRS has released an advance version of Notice 2020-44, announcing that the dollar amount to be used for purposes of determining the PCORI fee (excise tax), imposed by sections 4375 and 4376, for policy & plan years that end on or after October 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2020, is $2.54. About HRWS…

New Act Eases Paycheck Protection Requirements

Author: hrwsAdmin

This morning, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), which addresses the use of funds and extends loan forgiveness. Important Changes Borrowers now have 24 weeks from loan disbursement (until Dec. 31) to use their PPP funds (previously just 8 weeks). In addition, the PPPFA provides flexibility in how a business utilizes…

Employers’ Reopening Flowchart from the CDC

Author: Michael Rosenthal

Click here, for the CDC’s “WORKPLACES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC” flowchart

IRS Announces 2021 Limits for HSAs and High-Deductible Health Plans

Author: hrwsAdmin

On May 21, 2020, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) announced that Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits are going up ($50 for self-only & $100 for family) in 2021. The announcement was provided to give employers who sponsor high-deductible plans (HDHPs) time to ramp-up and prepare for open enrollment season later in the year. HSA…

U.S. Travel Restrictions on Canada & Mexico Extended Through June 22

Author: hrwsAdmin

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 that U.S. travel restrictions would be extended and remain in place at the Canadian and Mexican borders for another 30 days (through June 22, 2020). While essential travel for trade and commerce is still permissable, recreation/tourism will continue to be prohibited. About HRWS…

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released by SBA

Author: hrwsAdmin

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released the PPP loan forgiveness application. It should be completed by borrowers and then submitted to their lenders as it sets forth all documentation required to verify their expenses. It also clarifies the following related points: If a mortgage obligation had been put in place prior to February 15,…

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