Workplace distractions can lead to lost productivity

Some workplace distractions and interruptions are unavoidable, but others if not properly controlled or regulated could lead to injuries, lost productivity, and a decrease in worker morale. Work interruptions are a distraction that can result in work errors or accidents. Before addressing or responding to another person, workers should shut down or disengage any work […]

Blow to the Biden Administration may be a blessing for large employers.

The Supreme Court issued today (Thursday, January 13th) mixed rulings in a pair of historic cases challenging the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Court is allowing the mandated requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking the more impactful enforcement of a mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees. […]

Vaccine Mandate’s fate rest with Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Wednesday December 22nd that it will hold a special hearing next month to hear oral arguments and will consider challenges to the Biden administration’s pandemic efforts affecting millions of workers. This is the federal nationwide vaccine and testing requirement for large employers (with 100+ employees), and a separate coronavirus vaccine mandate […]

OSHA suspends implementation and enforcement of Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

On Nov. 16, 2021, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is suspending all implementation and enforcement efforts related to the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing in the workplace. The announcement follows the Nov. 12, 2021 order from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals staying enforcement of […]

Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans

On Tuesday, the Senate passed legislation that extends the deadline for businesses to apply for coronavirus aid under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), that was set to expire at the end of June. The bill, which passed by unanimous consent, moves the deadline for applying for PPP loans (which go to businesses with fewer than […]

Beep-beep—a COVID-19 technology development

While biotechs diligently work to develop treatments and vaccines for the COVID-19 virus, technology firms are also coming up with resources to assist businesses during the pandemic. One such example is an Addison TX firm, Polte Corp. That company is using previously developed technologies used for badge and elderly panic button devices to create the […]

PPP will likely receive some needed tweaks

The much needed Payroll Protection Program (PPP) will likely be receiving much needed adjustments after a 417-1 vote in the House to do so yesterday. The legislation is expect to pass through the Senate in similar fashion. The main tweak to the loan program is to allow small businesses 24 weeks instead of 8 weeks […]

Potential changes and extensions to the PPP

On Friday afternoon, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) agreed on legislation that would make changes to the PPP. Their bill would: The bill sponsors are attempting to “hotline” this proposal through the Senate, a procedure that allows for quick consideration of legislation. This could happen as […]

Attorneys are lining up to attack small businesses

As more relief and stimulus initiatives are being debated on Capitol Hill, the Trump Administration is insistent that small business be protected through “liability protection” regulations. The President’s concern is that some workers and their attorneys will launch countless and costly lawsuits against their employers claiming they contracted the COVID-19 virus at work. In fact, […]

Texas moves into Phase 2 of getting Texans back work

Yesterday in his press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott says the next phase of the “safe and strategic” opening of Texas will resume this week, including the immediate opening of child care facilities and several other businesses while bars and breweries will come at the end of the week. The governor said Monday that COVID-19 is […]