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“It’s not fair!” Handling staff complaints on who gets to work remotely.

Dear HR, We are beginning to integrate employees returning to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. We have made an exception for one employee with a disability, who will continue to work remotely. A few of our employees have voiced their displeasure with this arrangement. They think it is unfair for them to return to onsite work while one of their other co-workers continues with remote work. Without disclosing personal health information, how can […]


Back to Work – Employee Safety Concerns on Returning to Work

Get ready to have new policies in place and answer employee questions  Your employees may have many questions and concerns after returning to work. It is your job, as the employer, to address these questions and concerns regarding employees’ health and safety as we face COVID-19. Below is a probable list of questions employees may ask as you reopen your business. 


My Employee Tested Positive for CORONAVIRUS – Now What?

COVID-EXPOSURE FAQ Here is a list of immediate steps you can take to manage when an employee, customer, or worksite visitor tests positive for coronavirus or when a staff member is ordered to self-isolate due to possible exposure: Inform your management team immediately. If you are a small business, management may just be the business owner. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has a webpage that offers the latest information concerning small businesses […]


Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extension

On July 4, 2020, the period for an eligible business to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan was successfully extended. The new legislation extends the deadline for obtaining approval of a PPP loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from June 30, 2020, to August 8, 2020.


Face Covering Required for Indoor Public Spaces Starting July 1st.

Guidance for all employers, employees, and the public. ·  Mask Guidance (for all counties) – Info on which businesses must comply, guidance on face coverings, and OSHA information for customers and visitors. ·  “Masks Required” Sign for Businesses – Downloadable sign to print for public display. ·  Face Covering Facts – Printable flyer for face-covering tips. · Reopening Guidance FAQs – Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public (Updated 6-10-2020


The Payroll Protection Program is back … again!

On June 5th, 2020 a third Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was signed into law. The first PPP ran out of funding after two weeks and the second devoted more money to the program. This third iteration gives employers greater flexibility on how to spend the funds AND how to get those funds forgiven. Here are some key takeaways:   Loan Forgiveness Expansion If you wanted the loan forgiven, the original law gave borrowers 8 weeks to spend […]


Payroll Protection Plan – Loan Forgiveness

It is fair to assume that most small businesses took out a PPP loan with the plan to have the loan forgiven. Many looked at the ambiguous requirements to get the loan forgiveness and concluded that it was too good of a deal to pass up and it was anticipated that forgiveness details would be cleared up by the time small businesses were ready to make the request of lenders. Late on May 15th, 2020 […]


Phase I Reopening Concerns and Considerations

The recent implementation of Phase I reopening in Oregon may have brought about changes in your operations. You may have, or may be planning to re-open your business, or deciding to let the general public in your front doors. As we get used to the new normal, Cardinal would like to highlight some concerns and resources. You may have already viewed and addressed some sections so feel free to skip ahead to the relevant one(s).


Employees & Coronavirus Testing

Clarification update on testing issues for employees.  Testing for Coronavirus  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released guidance on testing job applicants and returning employees for coronavirus. Employers may screen job applicants for the Coronavirus after making a conditional offer, but before an individual begins working, provided that all employees in the same job category must be subject to the same examination requirement.  EEOC Hiring Guidance also states:  Employers may delay the start date […]