Update November 10, 2021:
Though Colorado’s Public Health Emergency ended in July 2021, as of November 10, 2021, there is still a Federal Public Health Emergency Declaration in place. The Healthy Families and Workplace Act (HFWA) states that its emergency paid sick leave provision is required not only during a state or local public health emergency, but also a federal public health emergency. This means that small businesses must still honor the up to 80 hours of sick leave allotted to employees who need time for qualifying reasons. The current wording of the Healthy Families and Workplace Act only provides for this leave through the end of 2021, but we are waiting to see if it will be updated to renew in 2022.
Original Blog posted July 2021:
The last 16 months have brought overwhelming challenges to our small business community. I won't beat a dead horse, we've all been on the same wild ride. However, with the recent announcement from Colorado's Governor...
As we all know, the hot topic for the past year has been COVID-19. Recently the conversation has turned from doom and gloom to hope and excitement for the future. Something as simple as the possibility of hugging someone special or walking into a public place without a mask is infusing life back into our community. I know I am bursting at the seams as I look forward to the upcoming summer. Full disclosure, I may hug the first person who steps on my toes as I push through a crowded room.
As we watch the COVID numbers decrease and the vaccination numbers increase, the small business community is eager to do our part. Supporting community vaccinations in our businesses through optional or mandatory vaccination policies has brought a ton of questions to the table. Below are a few questions that we have been able to help the small business community navigate.
Q: Required Vaccinations vs. Recommended Vaccinations…what should I...
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Governor Jared Polis implemented a 30-day statewide mask order in the state of Colorado (there is a possibility of extension). This order impacts every way we conduct business, work with our employees and serve your customers. There are a number of considerations that you need to apply when staying compliant. Read on to learn how to apply this order to your business operations.
There is significant debate about the mask order and deep-rooted feelings for and against this order. As you maneuver through implementing and staying compliant with this order, you will encounter these perspectives. No matter what your personal thoughts are, it is important to know what is expected of you as a business owner. Without further ado, let's dive right in.
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Within the Colorado mask order, you do have to be mindful of when your staff must wear a mask. You and your team are...
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...
The past three weeks have been tough for all of us, to say the least. As all of us have banded together, put on our seat belts and have screamed: "let me off of this roller coaster", there have been a ton of realizations. So here's my realization and true confession- we didn't have a disaster plan in place. We have been in operation for two years, and I could come up with a slew of excuses: we are just getting started, too busy, it won't happen to us, etc. But, the fact of the matter is that we needed one and we didn't have one.
Now that that embarrassing confession is over, here's the other side of my confession. I am a little bit glad that I didn't have one in place. Why? Because not having gone through a true disaster, I would have put together a pretty bland disaster plan. Now that we have a disaster under our belt and we have had the luxury of consulting with some of the best experts in the business, we have a good idea of what needs to be...
The Senate developed $2 Trillion dollar, multi-faceted legislation attacking this disaster from multiple sides: tax and debt relief, small business loans, unemployment expansion, and individual stimulus payments. They see we’re hurting and they aren’t playing around.
Incentive and assistance for small businesses to keep employees working
The bill creates a “paycheck protection program” for
Hey solopreneurs and giggers, you finally aren’t being excluded from the group and chastised for being your own boss! Congratulations!
Let’s take a big bite and jump in.
They will need your individual 2019 taxes (and valid social security numbers) in order to cut...
As small business owners and as a community, all of us are sailing in uncharted waters. All of us are in the same boat, filled with uncertainty and fear. What does the future hold? Is my business going to survive this? How am I going to pay my bills? There are so many concerns that all of us have and most of it is deeply rooted in our financial situation and future. There are a number of economic stimulus packages that are being discussed locally and federally. As of today, March 21st, there are not many options available. However, our representative and community leaders are working diligently to provide us with a little relief. The first financial option to become available to small business is the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan program. This is the fist time in the history of the SBA that this loan has been made available for a pandemic (these loans are generally leveraged...
We now have a workplace poster about the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) and employee rights in regards to paid sick leave and the expanded family and medical leave.
This will need to be posted with the rest of your employment posters in a common area by April 1st. There has no been specific guidance on methods to notify your remote workers but we suspect there will be soon. We will keep you updated, however, have a plan in place to provide this to remote workers such as email, posting to a payroll portal where employees regularly log in, or printing and mailing.
If you have already laid off some of your workforce, there’s no need to alert them.
The U.S. Department of Labor sent out a bulletin about 30 days of non-enforcement between March 18 and April 17, 2020 as long as employers act reasonably and in good faith to comply with the FFCRA. One thing to note is this does not protect you from...
Today, we are looking at extremely tough times for all small businesses. Along with tough times, we will be forced to make some very tough decisions. When it comes to the future of our employees, the future is quite unknown to all of us. One of the most difficult decisions that we will be facing is what to do with employees that we may not be able to keep busy, now and in the future. No matter which way you slice it or dice it, this is a hard call. However, laying off non-essential employees may be the difference between keeping your business or closing your doors.
Did you know that there are different types of layoffs that may provide you with a little more flexibility in how you maneuver these turbulent times? Let’s take a moment to look at the different types of layoffs and what they mean to you as a small business owner:
Work Share Program- The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees...
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