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HR Compliance Bulletin header image Under a new law, California employers with more than 25 employees must provide up to 80 new hours of supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons.

The leave requirement takes effect March 29, 2021, but is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021.

Reasons for Leave

Employees may take leave if they cannot work or telework because of:

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News Brief header The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in real-world conditions.

The study found the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 twodose vaccines to be 90% effective at preventing infections two weeks after the second vaccine dose. Additionally, the study found the vaccines to be 80% effective at preventing infections two weeks after one dose. The study was conducted on 3,950 health care personnel, first responders and other essential and frontline workers who completed weekly COVID-19 testing for 13 consecutive weeks.

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This article is for parents and caregivers who are concerned about COVID-19 in their children and teens. It compiles expert guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provides helpful links that may be of use to caregivers.

CHILDREN AND TEENS CAN GET COVID-19

While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, get sick from COVID-19 and spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Like adults, children who have COVID-19, but have no symptoms (asymptomatic), can still spread the virus to others.

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Legal Update Header On March 23, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending access to a special enrollment period (SEP) through Exchanges on the federal www.HealthCare.gov platform due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Originally available through May 15, 2021, the extended SEP provides three additional months for enrollment, allowing eligible individuals to enroll in Exchange coverage through Aug. 15, 2021.

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Vaccinations are a critical way to keep yourself and the public at large healthy.

However, vaccinations often come with questions, particularly for new diseases. This article helps answer some of those questions, compiling expert guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Before Getting Your Vaccine

It’s important to know whether the COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for you before making any further decisions. This CDC webpage explains who should be vaccinated first. Use the link to see the specific rollout timeline for your state, as it will vary by location. It’s also worth doing a little research on the available vaccines, including how they work and their benefits.

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HR Insights Blog Header During the COVID-19 pandemic, hiring managers are struggling to get candidates in the door.

Recruiting budgets have been slashed and departments are wondering how to coordinate interviews, let alone find talent. How can teams adapt? The answer is virtual recruitment. Virtual recruitment is the process of pursuing, vetting, and onboarding candidates electronically. It’s been around for years, but, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s proven to be one of the best methods for acquiring new talent. This article offers five tips for recruiters.

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Eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the United States have been adults ages 65 years and older.

As you get older, your risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 increases. It’s important for older adults and people with underlying medical conditions to take precautions to reduce their risk of getting COVID-19. The same goes for people who live or visit with those individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided guidance to help older adults reduce their risk of getting COVID-19 and navigate going out in public.

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HR Insights Blog Header Working remotely doesn’t always come naturally to employees, especially among those who are used to the accountability of in-person workplaces.

Remote work requires focus and restraint amid the countless distractions present in the home, and it lacks the socialization capabilities that come with physically going into the workplace. What’s more, remote employees often need to collaborate on different tasks. Without guidance, these conversations can become distracting and inefficient. With this in mind, employers may need to step in to help facilitate productivity and attentiveness—particularly when working in person isn’t an option, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article provides four tips for supporting remote employee productivity while still enabling collaboration.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring forth a variety of questions for businesses. Employers can take a number of preventive steps to help keep employees safe, but they should also prepare to respond to various situations that can occur in the workplace.

This article provides COVID-19 general business FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These FAQs build on the CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers and its guidance for critical infrastructure workers. The CDC’s guidance is intended to supplement—not replace—federal, state and local mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) for COVID-19.

OSHA establishes NEPs when it identifies a need to focus its resources to address particular hazards and high-hazard industries. This NEP will remain in effect for one year or until OSHA amends or cancels the program.

COVID-19 NEP

Prior OSHA guidance primarily addressed mitigating and limiting the spread of COVID-19. This NEP prioritizes the use of OSHA resources to eliminate and control workplace exposure to COVID-19.