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Advice For Hawaii’s Lagging Unemployment Claims

Advice for Hawaii’s Lagging Unemployment Claims

It has been a difficult four months for our Unemployment Team as we have worked to assist thousands of employees who are seeking unemployment benefits impacted by COVID-19. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t imagine how we would feel if we too were trapped in the same cycle of confusion and frustration that so many claimants have been in. In the July 1, 2020 update from  Hawaii News Now there are still 11,000 claims waiting to be processed. Gov. David Ige’s statement explaining that “We are really down to those who have not received compensation, it’s the most complex cases” is true. The reality is that the State does not have the volume of trained professionals to support the sheer amount of complex cases that remain. By this stage, if claimants have not received decisions it…

Antibody Testing Cannot Be Required Under ADA

Antibody Testing Cannot be Required Under ADA

News today from the EEOC may put a wrinkle in reopening plans for some Hawaii businesses. Anyone planning to use antibody testing to ensure the safety of their workforce, should think again.
New PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications Released

New PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications Released

PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications and instructions to inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Paid Employee Leave And The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Paid Employee Leave and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As more Hawaii businesses begin to reopen, employers covered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) should ensure they are up to date with their obligations around paid leave for impacted employees. Related: Required FFCRA Posters and Guidance This article offers an overview of the new FFCRA paid leave provisions, including which employers and employees are covered and the amount of pay. What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 18, 2020, has sent the business community scrambling to figure out what this means for them as they grapple with the workplace implications of COVID-19. For small and medium-sized employers in Hawaii, the biggest, immediate impact of the Act—which took effect on April 1, 2020—is the mandatory paid sick leave and expanded FMLA…

FFCRA Compliance Toolkit For Hawaii Employers

FFCRA Compliance Toolkit for Hawaii Employers

Business owners are overwhelmed with information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that took effect April 1, 2020. Questions like, “How do I issue and track sick leave with the new laws?” and “Can my employees claim multiple types of leave?” are top of mind. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to understand the new law and how it applies to your employees and your business operation. The simplicityHR FFCRA Compliance Toolkit includes a step-by-step FFCRA checklist, a handy flowchart for determining appropriate leave, employee leave request form, and more. simplicityHR FFCRA Compliance Toolkit FFCRA Checklist What to do when an employee requests leave under FFCRA. Employer Decision Flowchart How to determine if an employee qualifies for leave under FFCRA. Employee Leave Request Form For employee use when requesting FFCRA emergency leave. FFCRA Pay Chart Help to determine the proper method…

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