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Associated Industries Announces New Leave Management Solution, LeaveAdmin

June 10, 2020

LeaveAdmin offers employers an efficient and cost-effective alternative to managing complex Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and other leaves of absence Associated Industries, an employer association, and HR/Legal services organization, announces the launch of LeaveAdmin, a comprehensive absence management service backed by market-leading software and experienced human resource professionals.  The association currently offers FLMA guidance and […]

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Internships in a COVID-19 World

June 2, 2020

With the world fighting to overcome the effects of COVID-19 and the significant job loss that has followed, employers everywhere are evaluating how their hiring efforts will be impacted. In addition to the effect on essential hiring, the pandemic has put a stop to most nonessential hiring, including internships. Many spring internships have ended abruptly, […]

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What to do if employees don’t want to return to work

June 1, 2020

With various governors laying out their plans allowing businesses to reopen, many employers are looking toward bringing back employees who may have been furloughed and opening their businesses to the public. A question that many employers have been asking is: What if my employees do not want to return to work because they are nervous […]

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COVID-19 & Paid Leave Benefits

March 31, 2020

The events and legislation surrounding COVID-19 and the trickle-down effects are occurring at a pace, unlike anything we have seen in modern times. Congress has been working at breakneck speed to draft legislation aimed at blunting the effects on employees and employers alike. On April 1, 2020, HR 6201, also known as the Families First […]

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Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

March 26, 2020

As many of you are already aware, on Monday, March 23rd Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home Stay Healthy Order”, ordering all non-essential Washington businesses to close for two weeks. Businesses are encouraged to do so immediately but must be done no later than 48 hours from the address. While we are still awaiting definitions from […]

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Financial Assistance and Relief During COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Businesses searching for relief from the financial impact of the Coronavirus should consult the following resources: The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to qualifying small businesses.  Congress has approved up to $7 billion in low-interest loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  More information about loans available through SBA can be […]

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Maintaining Privacy & Confidentiality

March 26, 2020

The onslaught of individuals receiving testing and the quick spread of COVID-19, as well as constant media coverage of the virus, has made the pandemic a constant source of conversation both in our personal lives and at work. This naturally leads to conversations in both settings related to medical conditions – our own, those of […]

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Wage & Hour Issues During a Pandemic

March 26, 2020

The current global pandemic has all of us working in unchartered territory and working on creative solutions that allow us to continue to serve our customers and provide for our employees. As we work on solutions, it’s helpful to be aware of some common wage and hour issues: Scheduling options: Work flexible schedules and hours […]

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Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020

There are many employer-provided as well as state and federal benefits and protections provided to employees which may be used by affected workers. Benefits include: Sick Leave/Vacation/PTO: Employees may have accumulated sick leave, vacation or PTO that may be used to cover time away from work. Washington law allows for use of these benefits to […]

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WA Issues Employment Security Emergency Rules

March 26, 2020

Washington’s Emergency Rules In response to the overwhelming need for unemployment benefits as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Washington has enacted emergency rules to allow for faster access to benefits for affected workers. The emergency rules provide benefits for workers who otherwise would not have qualified. Examples include employees who are mildly ill […]

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