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Posted on September 11, 2020

Part II of a 2 Part Series on Employee Benefits

For nonprofit employers, the IRS provides several retirement plan choices organizations can offer employees to attract and retain the best talent. Each alternative has differing levels of employer involvement, administration, opportunities for employees to defer compensation, and costs. This webcast will explore the different retirement plan options available to help you determine the best plan for your organization. This is the second webcast in a series on benefits.

Speaker: Leah Singleton, Thompson Hine LLP

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View Part I of the Series: Executive and Deferred Compensation for Your Nonprofit Leaders

Posted on August 28, 2020

A few weeks ago, PBPA published this alert on the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (“Act”). The Act can provide protection from COVID-19 related claims from non-employees, if explicit warning language is posted at your business. Nonprofits should clearly post the following warning language at all sites of entry:
“Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.”
The Act specifies the size and font of the warning (at least 1 inch Arial font placed apart from any other text). A template with the Act’s warning language is provided here. Once your organization prints out the warning language, measure the font with a ruler to confirm it is at least 1 inch when printed (you may need to modify your paper size or printer settings to ensure the minimum 1 inch font).

Posted on August 13, 2020

Last Spring, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) created new provisions for childcare leave. 5 months later, with schools opening up virtually and in-person, employers may once again be wondering how FFCRA leave might apply to their employees. In this episode of the PBPA Podcast, Todd Stanton answers our questions about FFCRA childcare leave & school re-openings.

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Posted on August 7, 2020

Nonprofits may be impacted by recent modifications to COVID-19 unemployment claims filing rules by the Georgia Department of Labor. The new rules impact which employees a nonprofit must continue to file partial unemployment claims for and what to do if an employee’s temporary reduction of hours have been converted to a permanent layoff. Read this article for further guidance on the latest Georgia unemployment benefits updates.

Posted on July 30, 2020

As the realities of managing employees during COVID-19 unfold, government agencies have recently provided more guidance for employers. This article breaks down new developments, including whether an employee returning from furlough may be eligible for FFCRA leave, new CDC return to work guidance and whether an employee has to visit a doctor in person before being eligible for FMLA leave.

Posted on July 27, 2020

Do you have to let an employee go? Even the best managers eventually find themselves in this position, and preparation is key. Join us in a conversation with Lori Shapiro, PBPA’s Employment Counsel, as she walks us through an employee termination meeting.

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Click here for the Georgia Separation Notice Required for Any Separation from Employment mentioned in the podcast.

Posted on June 1, 2020

In Georgia, the Department of Labor requires that a Separation Notice be provide to any employee who leaves employment, regardless of the reason. The Georgia Department of Labor updated the Separation Notice form effective July 1, 2019. Use this link to download the new form. Please contact your PBPA attorney if you have any questions about the departure of an employee or this Separation Notice form.

Posted on April 30, 2020

Nonprofits that do not receive funding through the PPP or the EIDL programs have another option to consider. The Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which was enacted as part of the CARES Act, is designed to encourage eligible employers to keep employees on their payroll through the use of payroll tax credits. Read more about this option in this article.

Posted on April 16, 2020

This link to the Georgia Department of Labor website provides up-to-date information on how the Georgia DOL is managing unemployment claims, including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provides $600 in additional benefits per week to qualifying recipients of unemployment, and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which will provide unemployment assistance to those who are not traditionally eligible for unemployment. Please be aware that employees of nonprofits that are not typically eligible for unemployment because their employer does not contribute to the unemployment system, such as nonprofit employers with fewer than 4 employees, may be eligible for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Posted on March 24, 2020

Updated April 6, 2020
Please see this link for Frequently Asked Questions related to the new Family and Sick Leave obligations imposed by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other employment and benefits questions you may have as you are managing your workforce through this crisis. Please be aware that these FAQs have been updated to reflect additional guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor at the end of March 2020. Please contact your PBPA attorney if you have additional questions