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Thank you for your readership as we continue to navigate workplace compliance and COVID. This issue is packed with compliance changes with news on what Symphony is doing locally, including GBH Radio sponsorship and our Adopt-a-Highway initiative. Hand in hand, we love serving our clients and our community!

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1. New Simplified Forgiveness Guidance for PPP Loans of $50000 or Less

On October 8, 2020 the Small business Administration released new simplified guidance along with a simple application (form 3508S) for borrowers who qualify to apply for forgiveness. What are the qualifications to use the simplified application?

2. Can an Employer Mandate Vaccination for COVID-19?

It is not cut and dry! There are at least ten major fast track research initiatives to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. The stated goal of the FDA is to approve and release a vaccine(s) that will provide prevention or if not prevention, decrease the impact of Covid-19 for 50% or more of those inoculated. Employers should plan to create written employment policies to be communicated to employees once vaccines are available. What should your policy include?

To read about existing precedent and the EEOC's role, click here.

We would love to keep you informed about new developments that affect workplace compliance, important information that impacts workforce management, and share company news and events with you. You can connect with your favorite Symphony team members too!

3. IRS Releases Guidance on SECURE Act

On Sept 2, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-68 providing guidance on the Setting Every Community UP for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The SECURE act was signed into law in December 2019 to expand retirement plan coverage for US employees and to permit part-time employees to participate and contribute to an employer’s plan.

Click here for the details on participation.

4. Clarification of Remote Verification of I-9s

In March, 2020 The US immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) issued a temporary policy that allows employers to virtually inspect employee documents when on-boarding new hires. The interim policy was designed to address remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allowed employers to review the documents required under Section 2 without the physical presence of the original documents. The details need close attention!

Click here for all the current information to date.

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