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COVID-19 PTO leave sharing plan

Disaster Leave Sharing Plan Helps with COVID-19 PTO

With the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and no new government guidance to replace it, knowing how to handle paid time off (PTO) requests related to COVID-19 is a challenge. You certainly want to ensure that your staff are okay, but you also have a business to run that requires you to […]
COVID-19 vaccination exemption

Skillfully Accommodate COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Requests

Update Notice: This information was reviewed for accuracy on May 19th,2021. This update reflects new guidance for vaccinated individuals provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on May 13, 2021. This new information is in blue text in the second paragraph below. A recent New Mexico case highlights that there are still a lot […]
Appointing a COVID-19 Workplace Coordinator

2021 New OSHA Rules: Who Should Be Your COVID-19 Workplace Coordinator?

New OSHA guidelines, issued January 29, 2021, focus on implementing a COVID-19 workplace prevention program. In addition to a variety of recommendations, the Agency calls for employers to designate a COVID-19 Workplace Coordinator who is the primary point of contact for all COVID-19 issues at your practice. WARNING: Don’t make the mistake of thinking that […]
COVID-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Rules

Avoid Serious COVID-19 Vaccine Temperature Errors

Once you get approved to be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to your patients, there is one big issue that you must face before the vaccines arrive at your door. TEMPERATURE. The two most predominantly available vaccines must be freezing cold. The Pfizer vaccine must be kept colder than it gets in Antarctica (minus 70 […]
OSHA covid

OSHA Covid-19 Rules & Emergency Temporary Standard: Comply or Face Huge Penalties

Update Notice: As of July 21, 2021, healthcare businesses must be in full compliance with OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), including its guidelines for ventilation, physical barriers and training. Although the ETS is already in effect, the comment period is extended through August 20, 2021. Read more about the extended comment period and field inspection and […]
2021 FFCRA Update

FFCRA: Receive a Tax Break When You Give COVID-19-Related PTO

You can get a tax break when an employee is exposed to COVID-19 this Spring – or has to care for an ill child, and you compensate your staff for the time off. 2021 FFCRA Update. The mandatory paid time off that you had to provide under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired […]
COVID Vaccine Admininstration Coding

Get the Correct COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Code and Pay

You MUST use a totally different system to get paid and code for COVID-19 vaccine administration; unlike other vaccines that use generic administration CPT codes, coronavirus vaccine reporting requires unique codes. Get up to speed now on the available vaccines and how to report them correctly from your very first claim without over billing. There […]
COVID Post Travel Employment Laws

Head Off COVID-19 After Travel Employment Law Violations

QUESTION: Some of our employees are planning on traveling out-of-state during the holidays. We are considering restricting their vacations to reduce the post-travel risk of them spreading the coronavirus to our staff and patients. If they do travel, can we require an after-travel quarantine before we allow the individual to return to work? Question from […]
require flu shots

3 Steps to Require Flu Shots Without Violating Employee Laws

Mandating employees flu shots will land you in a legal mess unless you have the right Federal and state requirements in place. Requiring your staff to receive an infleunza vaccination absolutely reduces illness and absenteeism and protects your patients. And many of your employees will willingly get a flu shot this fall; some may refuse. […]
COVID Employment Leave Changes

Avoid FFCRA Fines, Comply with New Employment Leave Laws

The Department of Labor (DOL) has revised several Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA) rules that mean once again you must update your employment leave policies related to coronavirus. If you accidently violate one of the regulations, you’ll most likely have to pay back wages plus hefty fines. Be sure to quickly make these new […]