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Get important updates on coronavirus or COVD-19 here. See how your business, employees and community could be affected by recent changes.

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Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire

With post-COVID life upon us, many businesses are determining how to safely re-open their businesses. What if an employee gets sick? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? How do I handle this?

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How to properly use face coverings in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to educate employers and employees on how to properly use face coverings at the workplace.

LEARN MORE

5 ways to lower employees’ anxiety post COVID-19

Talks of reopening the economy are starting to begin, and so many businesses are starting to strategize how to resume business operations. Things will not return to “normal” immediately, or possibly ever. You have to rethink the way you work. As a business owner, the health and well-being of your employees is now in your hands.

LEARN MORE

How to design an Emergency Response Plan for Coronavirus

As the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus continues, XcelHR encourages all its partners and clients to design an effective Emergency Response Plan. As of date, the American authorities have reported a total of 88 cases nationwide, with two fatalities. Should the situation worsen, and the government decides to shut down all public and private establishments, –or should your workplace become infected, this emergency response plan will help your team react quickly and effectively without experiencing any service disruption.

LEARN MORE

Coronavirus – How to prevent infection in the workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a statement regarding the potential for the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) in the United States. The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new Coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.

LEARN MORE

2020 killed the performance review. Now what?

If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that the way we used to work is dead. So much of what used to work doesn’t work anymore. That’s a good thing because it’s forcing us to reexamine the way things are and see how they could (and should) be better.

LEARN MORE

How to improve communication during times of crisis [Podcast]

Learn how leaders can be good communicators and how they can improve their communication to support their employees during pandemic times.

LEARN MORE

Why stay interviews should be used in the times of coronavirus and beyond

We have suggested surveys as a means to listen to and solicit feedback from your employees. We think those are an excellent way to get started; however, the stay interview is even more powerful than a survey. In a time when so little is certain, and your employees are scared and worried, now might be a good time to figure out how you can keep them and keep them happy.

LEARN MORE

Download Your Employee Recognition Kit

We know the last few months have been difficult for you and your teams. Your employees have had to adjust quickly changing regulations, working remotely and shifting priorities. We wanted to give you a way to say thanks to your employees for doing their best under a significant amount of stress, pressure and turmoil. You can download your own employee recognition kit below to add a little brightness to your employees’ day.

LEARN MORE

Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire

With post-COVID life upon us, many businesses are determining how to safely re-open their businesses. What if an employee gets sick? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? How do I handle this?

LEARN MORE

How to properly use face coverings in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to educate employers and employees on how to properly use face coverings at the workplace.

LEARN MORE

Q&A’s Recalling Furloughed Employees and Possible Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Implications

Q. How long does a furlough stay a furlough? When does it become a layoff?

LEARN MORE

COVID-19 Emergency Resources for U.S. Businesses

The deadly pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. nation forcing thousands of small businesses to shut down their operations and lay off employees. To prevent a future catastrophic economic paralysis, the federal and States, along with nongovernmental institutions have released millions of dollars into the economy. These funds are available to these small businesses in forms of loans and grant. To apply for these funds, please visit the resources we have provided for you below.

LEARN MORE

Covid-19 Pandemic Response Decision-Making Guide for Small Business Owners (under 500 Employees)

Decisions at a time like this can be tricky – the ‘as-normal’ decision-making processes may not work. In a time of emergency, new information arises so quickly it feels impossible to keep up. But we are here to help you through these uncertain times.

LEARN MORE

Resources for Maryland Business Owners Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below are additional resources provided by a number of federal and state government agencies that businesses may find helpful.

LEARN MORE

Employers are required to post notices for FFCRA in workplace

Beginning April 2, 2020, Employers with less than 500 employees will be required to post notice of the new provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a conspicuous place on their premises. Employers may also satisfy the notice requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website.

LEARN MORE

Government announces new tax credits for small and midsize businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

LEARN MORE

How to design an Emergency Response Plan for Coronavirus

As the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus continues, XcelHR encourages all its partners and clients to design an effective Emergency Response Plan. As of date, the American authorities have reported a total of 88 cases nationwide, with two fatalities. Should the situation worsen, and the government decides to shut down all public and private establishments, –or should your workplace become infected, this emergency response plan will help your team react quickly and effectively without experiencing any service disruption.

LEARN MORE

Coronavirus – How to prevent infection in the workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a statement regarding the potential for the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) in the United States. The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new Coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.

LEARN MORE

A Guide to Planning for and Communicating a Temporary Shutdown

What happens if you are forced to shut down your business? After all those nights of too little sleep, the weight of knowing you are supporting all of those individuals and families who work for you, this feels awful and surreal.

LEARN MORE

Message from the CEO

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is evolving each day and like all of you, we are taking action to prepare and protect our business, and yours. As the global landscape continues to shift, we remain focused on the wellbeing of our employees and maintaining strong delivery for our clients. Taking care of our clients is at the center of everything we do, so I want to assure you that our teams are focused on proactive steps to help reinforce strong business practices as this continues.

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PPP loan forgiveness basics

The PPP loan program has been a vital lifeline for small businesses, but the program has not gone off without a hitch. The PPP loan program has been mired in setbacks and changes and the PPP forgiveness process has not bucked this trend.

LEARN MORE

Open enrollment 2020 post Covid-19

Open enrollment season is almost here, and the offering process has never looked better! Having faced a difficult covid-19 season, employers are adjusting their benefits offering to serve their workforce better. Learn more

LEARN MORE

2020 killed the performance review. Now what?

If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that the way we used to work is dead. So much of what used to work doesn’t work anymore. That’s a good thing because it’s forcing us to reexamine the way things are and see how they could (and should) be better.

LEARN MORE

Download Your Employee Recognition Kit

We know the last few months have been difficult for you and your teams. Your employees have had to adjust quickly changing regulations, working remotely and shifting priorities. We wanted to give you a way to say thanks to your employees for doing their best under a significant amount of stress, pressure and turmoil. You can download your own employee recognition kit below to add a little brightness to your employees’ day.

LEARN MORE

Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire

With post-COVID life upon us, many businesses are determining how to safely re-open their businesses. What if an employee gets sick? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? How do I handle this?

LEARN MORE

How to properly use face coverings in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to educate employers and employees on how to properly use face coverings at the workplace.

LEARN MORE

Q&A’s Recalling Furloughed Employees and Possible Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Implications

Q. How long does a furlough stay a furlough? When does it become a layoff?

LEARN MORE

COVID-19 Emergency Resources for U.S. Businesses

The deadly pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. nation forcing thousands of small businesses to shut down their operations and lay off employees. To prevent a future catastrophic economic paralysis, the federal and States, along with nongovernmental institutions have released millions of dollars into the economy. These funds are available to these small businesses in forms of loans and grant. To apply for these funds, please visit the resources we have provided for you below.

LEARN MORE

Covid-19 Pandemic Response Decision-Making Guide for Small Business Owners (under 500 Employees)

Decisions at a time like this can be tricky – the ‘as-normal’ decision-making processes may not work. In a time of emergency, new information arises so quickly it feels impossible to keep up. But we are here to help you through these uncertain times.

LEARN MORE

Resources for Maryland Business Owners Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below are additional resources provided by a number of federal and state government agencies that businesses may find helpful.

LEARN MORE

Employers are required to post notices for FFCRA in workplace

Beginning April 2, 2020, Employers with less than 500 employees will be required to post notice of the new provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a conspicuous place on their premises. Employers may also satisfy the notice requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website.

LEARN MORE

Government announces new tax credits for small and midsize businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

LEARN MORE

How to design an Emergency Response Plan for Coronavirus

As the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus continues, XcelHR encourages all its partners and clients to design an effective Emergency Response Plan. As of date, the American authorities have reported a total of 88 cases nationwide, with two fatalities. Should the situation worsen, and the government decides to shut down all public and private establishments, –or should your workplace become infected, this emergency response plan will help your team react quickly and effectively without experiencing any service disruption.

LEARN MORE

Coronavirus – How to prevent infection in the workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a statement regarding the potential for the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) in the United States. The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new Coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.

LEARN MORE

A Guide to Planning for and Communicating a Temporary Shutdown

What happens if you are forced to shut down your business? After all those nights of too little sleep, the weight of knowing you are supporting all of those individuals and families who work for you, this feels awful and surreal.

LEARN MORE

States grant immunity from Covid-19 lawsuits

As retail shops, restaurants, and bars gradually reopen, many business owners fear customers and employees may sue them for contracting Covid-19 on their premises. To ease their fears, Congress has been working on passing a new bill that provides immunity to Coronavirus-related lawsuits.

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Great News! New PPP Flexibility Bill Makes Using Loans Easier

It’s official! The President has signed into law new rules to govern the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), making it much more flexible, much more ‘do-able’ to spend the funds in a way that makes sense for your business and more easily meet terms of loan forgiveness.

LEARN MORE

The Federal ‘CARES’ Act Spotlight on: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Business owners can basically think of this new Federal aid as ‘an emergency loan that turns into a grant’. The Small Business Association (SBA) has developed and will administer, with approved lending organization partners (banks), the process by which owners of small businesses can obtain an emergency loan under the PPP.

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Under the CARES Act: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (under Section 2104)

Sometimes, there’s just not existing work that can be assigned, due to pandemic-related business downturn or the impossibility of telework. The new CARES act ensures that employees are better-equipped to weather a furlough (temporary) or a layoff. Extra assistance (time-wise and monetarily) will be administered through the existing State Unemployment Insurance offices, via their existing processes.

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FAQs for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act?

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Basic Information about FFCRA for Employers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The US Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

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Summary of COVID-19 Relief Legislation (H.R. 6201) Temporary Expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act

H.R. 6201 would require employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave, ten weeks of which would be paid. Leave would be for “qualifying need related to a public health emergency.”

LEARN MORE

PPP loan forgiveness basics

The PPP loan program has been a vital lifeline for small businesses, but the program has not gone off without a hitch. The PPP loan program has been mired in setbacks and changes and the PPP forgiveness process has not bucked this trend.

LEARN MORE

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Payroll Tax

On August 8th, the President issued a memorandum and signed an executive order concerning payroll taxes. This order instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to build a plan to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the 6.2% Social Security tax on employees’ wages or compensation, for the period of September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

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States grant immunity from Covid-19 lawsuits

As retail shops, restaurants, and bars gradually reopen, many business owners fear customers and employees may sue them for contracting Covid-19 on their premises. To ease their fears, Congress has been working on passing a new bill that provides immunity to Coronavirus-related lawsuits.

LEARN MORE

Great News! New PPP Flexibility Bill Makes Using Loans Easier

It’s official! The President has signed into law new rules to govern the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), making it much more flexible, much more ‘do-able’ to spend the funds in a way that makes sense for your business and more easily meet terms of loan forgiveness.

LEARN MORE

Q&A’s Recalling Furloughed Employees and Possible Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Implications

Q. How long does a furlough stay a furlough? When does it become a layoff?

LEARN MORE

COVID-19 Emergency Resources for U.S. Businesses

The deadly pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. nation forcing thousands of small businesses to shut down their operations and lay off employees. To prevent a future catastrophic economic paralysis, the federal and States, along with nongovernmental institutions have released millions of dollars into the economy. These funds are available to these small businesses in forms of loans and grant. To apply for these funds, please visit the resources we have provided for you below.

LEARN MORE

The Federal ‘CARES’ Act Spotlight on: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Business owners can basically think of this Federal aid as ‘an emergency loan that turns into a grant’. The Small Business Association (SBA) will develop and administer the process by which owners of small businesses can obtain an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which private lenders are also invited to deploy under strict guidelines and for limited profit.

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Partnering with a PEO Does Not Have Negative Influence on Eligibility for a CARES Act Loan

With the recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), many businesses have begun to ask whether contracting for services with a professional employer organization (PEO) will interfere with the business’s ability to qualify for a CARES Act loan, including under the new Paycheck Protection Program.

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Employers are required to post notices for FFCRA in workplace

Beginning April 2, 2020, Employers with less than 500 employees will be required to post notice of the new provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a conspicuous place on their premises. Employers may also satisfy the notice requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website.

LEARN MORE

Under the CARES Act: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (under Section 2104)

TITLE II – ASSISTANCE FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND BUSINESSES (Unemployment Insurance Provisions, A.K.A. ‘Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act’)

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FAQs for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act?

LEARN MORE

Basic Information about FFCRA for Employees

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

LEARN MORE

Basic Information about FFCRA for Employers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

LEARN MORE

Summary of COVID-19 Relief Legislation (H.R. 6201) Temporary Expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act

H.R. 6201 would require employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave, ten weeks of which would be paid. Leave would be for “qualifying need related to a public health emergency.”

LEARN MORE

Resources for Maryland Business Owners Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below are additional resources provided by a number of federal and state government agencies that businesses may find helpful.

LEARN MORE

Government announces new tax credits for small and midsize businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.

LEARN MORE

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – March 2020

On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This federal legislation will, among other things

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Coronavirus: FMLA & Paid Sick Leave

Effective April 2, 2020, but employers are encouraged to start observing the new provisions ASAP. The Department of Labor will soon develop full eligibility requirements for each type of leave and accompanying pay.

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PPP loan forgiveness basics

The PPP loan program has been a vital lifeline for small businesses, but the program has not gone off without a hitch. The PPP loan program has been mired in setbacks and changes and the PPP forgiveness process has not bucked this trend.

LEARN MORE

Open enrollment 2020 post Covid-19

Open enrollment season is almost here, and the offering process has never looked better! Having faced a difficult covid-19 season, employers are adjusting their benefits offering to serve their workforce better. Learn more

LEARN MORE

2020 killed the performance review. Now what?

If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that the way we used to work is dead. So much of what used to work doesn’t work anymore. That’s a good thing because it’s forcing us to reexamine the way things are and see how they could (and should) be better.

LEARN MORE

How to improve communication during times of crisis [Podcast]

Learn how leaders can be good communicators and how they can improve their communication to support their employees during pandemic times.

LEARN MORE

Why stay interviews should be used in the times of coronavirus and beyond

We have suggested surveys as a means to listen to and solicit feedback from your employees. We think those are an excellent way to get started; however, the stay interview is even more powerful than a survey. In a time when so little is certain, and your employees are scared and worried, now might be a good time to figure out how you can keep them and keep them happy.

LEARN MORE

Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire

With post-COVID life upon us, many businesses are determining how to safely re-open their businesses. What if an employee gets sick? How can I keep my employees and customers safe? How do I handle this?

LEARN MORE

How to properly use face coverings in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to educate employers and employees on how to properly use face coverings at the workplace.

LEARN MORE

How to reopen your workplace after COVID-19

With new cases of COVID-19 on the decline, businesses across the nation are reeling from the effects of the last couple of months. Governors across America are being pushed to lift stay at home orders to restart their local economies.

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Hiring post Covid-19

Stay-at-home orders are gradually being lifted across the nation. As an employer, you are presumably looking forward to reopening for business or operating at full capacity. To make up for the last months’ slow returns, you opt to rehire furloughed employees or bring in new, additional employees.

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Q&A’s Recalling Furloughed Employees and Possible Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Implications

Q. How long does a furlough stay a furlough? When does it become a layoff?

LEARN MORE

5 ways to lower employees’ anxiety post COVID-19

Talks of reopening the economy are starting to begin, and so many businesses are starting to strategize how to resume business operations. Things will not return to “normal” immediately, or possibly ever. You have to rethink the way you work. As a business owner, the health and well-being of your employees is now in your hands.

LEARN MORE

XcelHR Connect HRIS software offers clients increased HR efficiency

XcelHR announces the introduction of XcelHR Connect, a more powerful HRIS system designed to help employers manage payroll, onboarding, benefits enrollment, and other crucial HR functions for their employees easily and confidently

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January 15, 2019

XcelHR named “Best PEO for Small Businesses” by Business.com

XcelHR is excited to announce, that Business.com recently named XcelHR the “Best PEO for Small Businesses” after reviewing 700 PEOs across the country.

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November 13, 2018