January 2022



New student loans updates

On 3/30/21, the Department of Education announced an expansion of the pause to student loan interest and collection of all defaulted loans in the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program

New Drug Free Workplace enrollment process

As of Monday, April 26, we implemented a new Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP) process to help improve your experience. In order to help make account setup requests more seamless, we developed a DFWP intake order form. This form can be found in FormSource within your MyTotalSource platform.

New COBRA notices and guidance for subsidy program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new forms and guidance to address the new COBRA subsidy provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Paid sick leave vs. vacation vs. PTO: What you need to know

More and more jurisdictions are passing laws requiring employers to provide paid leave to employees, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend. When new laws are enacted, employers often have questions about the impact on their existing policies. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions on paid sick leave, vacation, and paid time off.

OSHA provides new guidance on protecting employees from COVID-19

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidance to help employers and employees identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 at work.

Dept. of Labor issues final rule on tipped employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published a final rule revising its tipped employee regulations. The final rule was scheduled to take effect March 1, 2021, but the DOL has since pushed back the effective date to April 30, 2021.

7 Ways your company culture can help you weather COVID-19 and future crises

Your company's culture—the shared values and beliefs that are reflected through policies, practices, and interactions—can be critical to attracting, motivating, and retaining employees. This can be especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic and when facing other challenges. Here are seven key areas where you can help foster a positive culture at your company.

Fresh new training content coming soon

You’ve probably heard it by now (if not, then take a peek in your inbox), but we are excited to announce our new learning and development content provider, Go1. Soon, you’ll have access to a fresh training and content library along with industry-specific eLearning courses. And to make this change seamless, we’ve built custom templates and messages for you to download and share with your team. Stay tuned for more exciting news coming to your inbox, and as always, we’re here to support you along the way.

Hairstyle discrimination: What you need to know

Over the years, employees have filed complaints alleging their employers violated existing nondiscrimination laws by prohibiting them from wearing certain hairstyles. Courts have generally been split on whether restricting certain hairstyles violates laws prohibiting racial discrimination. In response to these cases, several jurisdictions have passed laws that expressly prohibit hairstyle discrimination. Below is a list of locations where these laws have been enacted along with guidelines for workplace grooming and appearance standards.

Learning from experience: Prevent employee injuries with a thorough incident investigation process

When an employee is injured in the workplace it can negatively affect many aspects of your business. There are the direct costs of workers’ compensation, damage to equipment and product, and lost productivity. There are also much larger indirect costs including time required to hire and train a new employee, reduced employee morale, and potential negative public relations.

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