Aug 13 2020

What does the new payroll tax deferral mean for employers?

President Trump recently signed a series of executive orders and memorandums, largely designed to extend various portions of prior pandemic-relief legislation (FFCRA and CARES acts).

Most significantly for employers, the Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster directs the Treasury Department to defer collection of the employee portion of Social Security FICA taxes - which is part of required

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Aug 10 2020

CheckWriters launches mobile application for businesses to easily issue and manage employee COVID-19 self-screenings

Mobile COVID-19 Health Declaration Designed to Address Employer Compliance, Safety Protocols


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Aug 06 2020

Are employers required to screen employees for COVID-19?

As schools and businesses look toward reopening, many have considered - either through state or local requirements or organizational preference - how best to institute daily COVID-19 health screenings. Many states have issued requirements that employers - depending on sector - screen employees prior to the beginning of each shift.

For example, in Massachusetts employers in the following sectors are required to screen workers at each shift for

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Aug 05 2020

Are employees entitled to FFCRA leave in the event of a travel quarantine?

This post was updated August 6, 2020 to reflect the most recent US DOL guidance. Updated information is bolded below.


States around the country are implementing travel-based quarantines for individuals entering their states, in the hopes of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within their borders.

Employers are asking: Are employees entitled to emergency paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in the event of

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Jul 30 2020

Banks can't submit PPP Forgiveness Applications until at least August 10

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan borrowers have a bit more time to review and prepare their PPP Forgiveness Applications.

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Jun 05 2020

New Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act modifies and extends relief to businesses

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, the weeks that followed were marked by a flood of loan applications under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) set up by the new legislation. Under the PPP, employers are able to borrow forgivable loans to help cover payroll costs - including salaries, healthcare premiums, paid leave benefits, and state taxes on employee wages - during the

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May 29 2020

False unemployment claims hit businesses and employees

An unemployment benefits claim lands on your desk. You glance at the name of the employee, and it's someone who is still actively working at your company! How could someone employed at your company be filing for unemployment?

This scenario has played out across hundreds of business in numerous states over the past few weeks, most prominently in Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island - though reports indicate the scam is occurring

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May 08 2020

Employer and HR considerations for re-opening after Covid-19 shutdowns

As states loosen restrictions and look to re-open their economies, schools and businesses will return to a changed environment. Many routines that were previously taken for granted will need to be reevaluated. Similarly, organizations may recognize new efficiencies and tools that help navigate this changed environment and assist in managing employees.

Here are some considerations for employers and HR professionals as we all work toward

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Apr 02 2020

CARES Act: Employer Highlights

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This bill intends to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. In the coming days and weeks, guidance will be provided on how to execute or implement the new requirements, and how to apply for the new benefits where applicable. In the meantime, individuals, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text.

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Mar 16 2020

ALERT: How the Coronavirus Relief Bill will impact Employers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  This is the second in what is expected to be a series of bills that aim to stimulate economic growth and ensure proper medical treatment and nutrition for those affected by COVID-19.
In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text.  

For information on updates and changes, please check-in periodically with the CheckWriters FFCRA Resource Page.

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