COVID-19

The IRS has announced that February 1, 2021 is the last day to submit Form 7200 (Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19).  Background - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government enacted legislation to provide relief for employers and workers. Such relief includes refundable tax credits...

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, employers may require vaccines before employees return to the worksite if the employer believes that failure to be vaccinated constitutes a direct threat to other employees. With the virus still rampant, it's easily transmitted.  Employees wonder whether they'll be required to...

With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent EEOC guidance implies that they expect many employers to require a vaccine, there are already several states where bills are...

The IRS has announced that employers will experience a delay in receiving the advanced employer COVID-19 credits claimed on Forms 7200 (Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19) submitted between late-December 2020 and mid-January 2021 because of the end-of-year close out of its systems. In response to the coronavirus...

On December 14, 2020, additional details from two bipartisan coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bills that contain payroll-related provisions were shared.   Background. Earlier in 2020, the federal government enacted legislation with COVID-19 relief provisions aimed at helping employers and workers. This included the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and...

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire November 19. Because of ongoing precautions...

Several of our employees have talked about having Thanksgiving with large groups of extended family. What can we do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading into our workplace?   Assuming you don't want to make everyone quarantine or argue with employees about their Thanksgiving dinner plans,...

We recently hired an older individual whose start date is next Monday, but I would like to push back their start date because we’ve just had an employee test positive for COVID-19. Would this be allowed? We will be testing everyone in the workplace, but...

The Department of the Treasury, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service released guidance on the payroll tax deferral executive order from President Trump last Friday. What We Know   In layman's terms, this new guidance defines the following: It allows employers to defer the withholding, deposit, and...