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Three Questions About COVID Vaccinations

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 18, 2021 7:58:21 AM

Can we ask for proof of vaccination? Isn’t this a HIPAA violation or an illegal inquiry under the ADA or somehow confidential information?

Employers can ask for proof of vaccination unless there is a state or local law or order to the contrary.*

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Topics: covid_19, covid

Vaccination, Return to Work, and Masking FAQs

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 7, 2021 9:02:27 AM


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Topics: covid_19, covid, hr, tips

Question: What is the FICA Tip Credit and how can Anchor help my business take advantage?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Dec 21, 2020 9:09:16 AM

When it comes to any business with tipped employees, the FICA tip credit is very important when completing your year-end taxes with your tax preparer or CPA. The FICA tip credit can be applied to all taxes paid on tips your employees make throughout the year. 

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Topics: covid_19, covid, tips

Question: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Dec 13, 2020 3:43:09 PM

Answer: We would certainly recommend not having an in-person event this year, which could put your company, employees, customers, and community at risk. If your event spreads the virus, your employees could become sick, much of your workforce may need to quarantine, and your event could make the news.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, leadership, teams, hr, Holiday, Office Party

New Jersey Requires Workplace COVID Protections

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 14, 2020 9:35:04 AM

Starting on November 5, 2020, employers in New Jersey are required to follow specific safety measures to protect employees against COVID if they are physically present at the workplace. Specifically, employers are required to:

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Topics: covid_19, covid, New Jersey

How to support a grieving employee

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 7, 2020 10:21:56 AM

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to go through it and get through it. Grief is also a unique experience for each person. Everyone has their own path through its stages, and what helped one person work through their grief may not help another.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, leadership, teams

Q&A: If an employee of yours works in a state with a voting leave law...

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 2, 2020 1:01:11 AM

Question: One of my employees has requested time off to vote. My state doesn’t require voting leave, but this employee works in a different state, and we have employees located across the country. What do I need to do here?

Answer: If an employee of yours works in a state with a voting leave law, you will need to comply with that law. Most states require that employers provide at least a few hours to vote, and many of those states require some or all of that time to be paid. In New York, for example, all registered voters are allowed to take off as much time as is necessary to enable them to vote and are entitled to be paid for up to three of those hours. You’ll also want to check any applicable voting leave laws for notice requirements and for specifications on when during an employee’s shift the time off should be given. You can find all this information on the HR Support Center by entering “voting leave” in the search bar.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, Voting

What to know as employees return from Thanksgiving gatherings...

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 2, 2020 12:03:54 AM

Question: 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?

Answer: Assuming you don't want to make everyone quarantine or argue with employees about their Thanksgiving dinner plans, I’d follow the guidelines used for exposed healthcare workers. Everyone in the workplace should:

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Topics: covid_19, covid

Q: How do we handle taking employees' temperatures?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 5, 2020 6:33:19 AM

A: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidance that employers may take employees’ temperatures during the COVID-19 pandemic because COVID-19 is spreading nationwide. Note that many people may have COVID-19 without a fever, so other safety precautions should not be scaled back just because employees “checked out” upon arrival to work. The CDC summarizes symptoms here. Employees’ body temperatures are considered medical information and must be kept confidential under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

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Topics: covid_19, covid, employers, employees, hr

DOL Revises FFCRA Leave Rules

Posted by Anchor Staff on Sep 21, 2020 2:55:10 AM

In response to a court ruling in early August that invalidated certain regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) related to leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the DOL has released revised regulations. The changes, or lack of changes, are outlined below. The revisions take effect when they are published in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for September 16.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, teams, employees