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5 Ways to Beat Work-From-Home Burnout

If you’re working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling burnt out, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Monster, an online employment platform, 69% of remote employees are experiencing burnout. What is burnout? According to the World Health Organization, you may have burnout if you experience: Increase exhaustion or energy depletion Decreased engagement

CDC Says Masks Are No Longer Required in Most Settings for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

News Brief CDC Says Masks Are No Longer Required in Most Settings for Fully Vaccinated Individuals The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This long-awaited guidance loosens the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals, allowing them to stop wearing a mask in most settings.

Choosing Safer Activities

According to newly update CDC guidelines, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic.” For Outdoor Activities: The Safest activities for unvaccinated people are: Walk, run wheelchair roll, or bike outdoors with members of your household (no mask necessary) Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family

Communicating With Employees About COVID – 19 Vaccines

Brought to you by the insurance professionals atGeorge Belcher Evans & Wilmer Communicating With Employees About COVID-19 Vaccines Employee communications related to the pandemic have played a major role in keeping employees safe and healthy while navigating operational changes and challenges. Now, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have become available after the Food and Drug Administration

Congress Passes Extension of Paycheck Protection Program

NEWS BRIEF Provided by: George Belcher Evans & Wilmer Congress has passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, a 60-day extension of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP), which was set to expire on March 31. The bill will be sent to President Joe Biden shortly, who is expected to sign

COVID-19 Exchange Special Enrollment Period Extended

Transcript: Legal Update: COVID-19 Exchange Special Enrollment Period Extended On March 23, 2021, CMS extended a special enrollment period (SEP) through federal Exchanges due to the COVID-19 pandemic for an additional three months. This SEP is now available through Aug. 15/ 2021, via www.HealthCare.gov to all new and existing Echange-eligible consumers. States using their own

COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing ETS Paid Time Requirements

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) to address the grave danger of COVID-19 infection in the workplace. Affected employers will be required to comply with most provisions of the ETS by Dec. 6, 2021, and with its testing requirements by Jan. 4, 2022.

Ergonomics

Video: https://gbewbenefits.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LWWW-Ergonomics.mp4 Transcript: If you’re feeling achy or in pain while at work, your workstation and posture may be to blame. Making sure your workspace is ergonomically appropriate, meaning it’s arranged to fit your specific needs, can help prevent unnecessary discomfort. What can you do? If you sit at a desk keep these two tips

FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Coverage

Transcript: Legal Update FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Coverage On Feb. 26, 2021 federal agencies issued FAQs to clarify health coverage requirements for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations. Health plans and issuers generally must cover COVID-19 diagnostic items and services without cost sharing. The FAQs explain that plans and issuers may not use medical

OSHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (Pt. 2)

Medical Removal from the Workplace Employers are required to remove employees from the workplace when employers know that the employees: Are COVID-19 positive, meaning that they were confirmed positive for, or were diagnosed by a licensed healthcare provider with, COVID-19; Have been told by a healthcare provider that they are suspected to have COVID-19; Are

President Biden Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees and Large Employers

NEWS BRIEF Provided by: George Belcher Evans & Wilmer On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed executive orders requiring federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draft a new emergency rule requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to

Protecting Yourself From the Delta Variant With a COVID-19 Vaccine

What Is the Delta Variant? As the country reopens, a surge in COVID-19 cases has occurred. According to the Centers for Disease Control data, this surge is primarily due to the Delta variant of COVID-19; it currently accounts for over 80% of new COVID-19 cases across the country, according to U.S. News. The Delta variant

Restaurant HR Insights

Attracting Restaurant Employees Post-coronavirus The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many industries—and the hospitality industry is no exception. Now, as lockdowns disappear and restrictions loosen, more restaurants are resuming normal business operations. As the demand for dining increases, the hiring scramble is on for restaurants. In addition to employee and customer health and

Stimulus Bill Includes Ban on Surprise Medical Bills

On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 into law. The Act includes a $900 billion coronavirus relief package that provides funding for unemployment benefits, direct economic payments to individuals, vaccine distribution and rental assistance. It also includes the No Surprises Act, a ban on surprise medical bills, which takes effect

Tips For Dealing With Self-Isolation

Transcript: COVID-19 is forcing many people to stay alone in their homes. Here are 6 ways to overcome the stress and anxiety that can come with self-isolation. Refrain from using drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms. Keep a routine, especially for meals, sleep and exercise. Stay active with in-home exercises or short walks around your

Understanding the $900B Stimulus Package

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. The bill was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year. Notably, the