We knew this was going to continue to be a big year for legislation and it just keeps on coming. Be sure to follow our HR Branches Facebook as we will be going live to discuss these legislative changes now as well as in the future. Feel free to submit your questions in advance by emailing [email protected] or giving us a call at 719-244-9640.
Without further adieu, lets dive in shall we?
The federal mandate FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) we reported on a few months ago was just the shallow end of the pool. Get your life vest- this isn't a kiddie pool folks, the "Healthy Families and Workplaces Act" is white water rapids for the small business community. Carefully navigating these treacherous waters to keep your business afloat is going to be crucial.
On July 14, 2020 Colorado Govenor, Jared Polis signed the "Healthy Families and Workplaces Act" into law. In the state of Colorado, only 60% of employees have paid time off through their employer. While this bill's good intentions are to further support individuals that don't currently have access to paid sick time which prevents them from staying home when they should (and possibly infecting others), and to create a healthier work environment and community, it is going to be painful (or in some cases fatal) for small businesses to comply.
Luckily, you have some great resources available to you to numb the pain. We will talk about this down below.
Here is the bill in bite-sized pieces:
These requirements are in addition to the documentation needed for Covid-19-related sick leave and SBA PPP or EIDL Loan tracking.
**Details relating to domestic violence, sexual abuse or assault or harassment/stalking; or an employees or family members health information can NOT be required by the employer as a condition of paid sick leave
If employers violate this act, they are liable for back pay and "any other relief" and likely some fines or penalties.
Take a breath. There are some silver linings to this. For instance, for small businesses under 16 employees, you have an extra year to PLAN. Don't push it off last minute because it will be here before you know it...but it gives you more than 6 months to recover and create a financial strategy with your CPA and HR advisors.
Disclaimer: HR Branches provides general information about Human Resources. Please note that the information provided, while reliable, is not legal advice. Please seek legal assistance, or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources, to make sure your legal interpretation and decisions are correct for your location and circumstances. The purpose of this information is for guidance, ideas, and assistance on general HR matters.
Below are your "rafting guides" to help you navigate the upcoming rapids:
BRW Tax & Accounting
Gilbertson Law Office
Pikes Peak SBDC
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