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What You Need To Know About Business In 2021

Vanesa Lewinger, HR Advisor has a list of items business owners need to consider prior to year’s end.

Well, here we are, finally pulling into the end of 2020 and what a year it has been! I don’t know about you but with all that has happened this year, all the challenges overcome, information digested, and policies developed, I’m worried I’ve missed something important for the coming year. Here are a few items to consider that will help get 2021 off to a good start.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expiring Soon

With continued dysfunction within the Legislative Branch of US government, it seems unlikely that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be extended. After December 31, 2020, the leave provisions created by the FFCRA will expire. That said, it’s safe to say there will be new legislation coming down the pike at some point so keep an eye out for updates.

While employers will no longer be required to provide paid leave to employees impacted by COVID-19, the pandemic is not over yet. Continuing to allow flexibility and leave to those employees who become ill or must care for sick family or children home from school will still be a concern so make sure you have a plan.

Coming Soon: COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s no secret that help is on the way. With a vaccine becoming available in what seems like the not so distant future, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to start thinking about how to transition remote staff members back into the office. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of pivot room as we are still operating with a whole lot of unknowns and likely more change to be introduced over the next few months.

Housekeeping

As tax season passes and things settle down moving further into the first quarter of the new year, it’s time to review all the things; handbook, employee files, I-9 audit and to plan for other big organizational changes. It’s really never too early to start preparing for what the end of year 2021 will bring. See L4SB’s policy and procedure review

And don’t forget to continue checking in on your employees. No doubt, 2021 will bring a whole new set of changes and challenges and your employees are going to feel it all. Make sure to keep checking in and communicating as much as possible through the coming transitions.

Reflection

Just as importance as planning, reflection is a must. Take some time to identify lessons learned in 2020. Hindsight offers so much wisdom, use it to inform all that you do in 2021.

Help with any of the points Vanesa described is just a click away or phone call away. Also, do not forget that our HR4SB Packaged Solutions are on sale now till 12/31/2020. Enjoy 25% off and spread your payment out over three months!

Law 4 Small Business, P.C. (L4SB). A little law now can save a lot later. A Slingshot company.

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