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After a year that was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of the workplace have changed, including employer sponsored wellness programs.

Prior to the pandemic, employers were already making a shift to the way they viewed and implemented wellness initiatives at their organization. Some of these changes included focusing on holistic well-being and bolstering mental health offerings.

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On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-7, which addresses when the DOL will consider electronic posting by employers (by email, or an internet or intranet website) sufficient to provide employees with required notice of their statutory rights under a variety of federal labor laws.

The Bulletin was issued in response to employer questions about the use of electronic means to post notices under the following laws, as more employees work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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On Jan. 1, 2021, Colorado employers will have to provide workers with up to 80 hours of paid public health emergency leave (PHEL) under the state’s new Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.

The requirement was clarified in guidance and temporary emergency rules issued by the state’s Department of Labor and Employment (DLE) on Dec. 23, 2020.

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The IRS has added or updated more than 80 answers to questions in its series of FAQs on “COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses.”

The changes affect questions in all 13 of the subtopics covered by the FAQs.

Refundable tax credits are available to businesses for employee paid leave taken under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), enacted in March 2020 and effective through Dec. 31, 2020.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life—including how employees
celebrate the holidays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged all Americans to avoid gathering and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and these sentiments will likely apply to future holiday celebrations as well. This may include—but is not limited to—Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life—including how employees celebrate the holidays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged all Americans to avoid gathering and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and these sentiments will likely apply to future holiday celebrations as well. This may include—but is not limited to—Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.