Welcome to inVested

Vested HR’s new monthly newsletter

At Vested HR, we are human focused.  As a result, we are excited to announce the launch of our monthly newsletter, inVested in you!  We hope that you find our newsletter informative and helpful to your business.
Each month, you can expect to see articles targeted to the needs of our customers. At the beginning of every quarter, we will share Vested HR news and highlight one of our customers in the inVested Customer Spotlight.  We welcome feedback from our customers and encourage you to tell us what you would like to see in the newsletter.
If you are interested in being selected for our spotlight, or you have a suggestion for a future article, please let us know by emailing vhr@vestedhr.com.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

Vested HR Management
Empowering Business, Committed To People, & Growing Dreams

BEAT THE HEAT WITH WATER, REST AND SHADE

Summer is around the corner and temperatures are warming up, with many areas in the U.S. already feeling the heat!

Vested HR is dedicated to enhancing safety and wellness practices for our customers, so we want to focus your attention on the hazards of working in the heat before summer is in full swing. According to OSHA, most outdoor fatalities occur in the first few days of working in higher temperatures because the body needs to acclimate and build a tolerance to working in the heat over time.
General Tips for Heat Illness Prevention:
  • Drink water every 15 minutes
  • Rest in a shaded area
  • Monitor others well-being
  • Wear wide brimmed hats
  • Wear lightweight, breathable clothing
  • Know what to do in case of emergency
Helpful Links
Additional Resources for Heat Illness Prevention and Other Risks

MINIMUM WAGE UPDATES

Mid-year changes happening for 2021

Historically, the payroll industry has seen minimum wage increases done at the beginning of the year, however it seems that 2021 has been the year for change!  Across the nation states have implemented increases in minimum wage.  With Vested HR, you can be confident these changes have been applied to the system without any action required from our customers.

The states which have implemented mid-year minimum wage increases include:

  • Connecticut, $13.00 effective 8/1/21
  • Florida, $10.00 effective 9/30/21
  • Nevada, $9.00 effective 7/1/21
  • Oregon, $12.00 effective 7/1/21
  • Virginia, $9.50 effective 5/1/21
We will continue to keep you updated as minimum wage and other payroll related tax and regulatory changes occur.

Did you know?

Vested HR offers a complete voluntary employee benefits package, which includes $5,000 in Basic Life insurance for your employees at no cost to you.  If you’ve been wanting to offer dental, vision, life insurance and more – we’ve got you covered.  Contact benefits@vestedhr.com to learn more!

RETURN-TO-WORK CONSIDERATIONS: HEALTH & SAFETY

Legal & regulatory update: COVID legal fallout

BY GORDON M. BERGER, ESQ. from May 2021 PEO Insider, edited for inVested use

As the nation remains cautiously optimistic that the various vaccines being administered to the population will be effective against COVID, some states are relaxing restrictions and many businesses are considering or have already reopened their offices. This article addresses health and safety issues associated with returning workers to work.

CDC RETURN-TO-WORK GUIDELINES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages employees to prevent the spread of COVID. For instance, some precautions from the CDC include:

  • Stay home when needed;
  • Wash hands often;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

OSHA CONSIDERATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put out guidance for employers deemed by local authorities as “non-essential businesses.” In OSHA Phase 2 business reopening, businesses continue to make telework available if possible, but non-essential business travel can resume. Limitations on the number of people in the workplace can be eased, but employers should maintain moderate-to-strict social distancing practices, depending on the type of business. Employers should also continue to accommodate vulnerable workers as identified in Phase 1, meaning workers at higher risk of severe illness, including elderly workers and those with serious underlying health conditions.

OSHA recommends employers have formal reopening plans that include:

  • Hazard assessment, including practices to determine when, where, how, and to what sources of COVID workers are likely to be exposed in the course of their job duties;
  • Hygiene, including practices for hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cleaning and disinfection;
  • Social distancing—six feet of distance is a general rule of thumb, though social distancing practices may change as rates of community transmission of COVID and other criteria prompt communities to move through the reopening phases;
  • Identification and isolation of sick employees, including practices for worker self-monitoring or screening, and isolating and excluding from the workplace any employees with signs or symptoms of COVID;
  • Return to work after illness or exposure, including after workers recover from COVID or complete recommended self-quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID;
  • Controls, including engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) selected as a result of an employer’s hazard assessment;

STATE LIABILITY PROTECTIONS

Many states have passed employer immunity laws to shield employers from being sued for employees contracting COVID in the workplace, falling ill, or dying from receiving a COVID vaccine. Alabama, Indiana, Montana, West Virginia, and Wisconsin recently passed civil liability protections for COVID-related claims. Last year, similar laws were enacted by 14 states—Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Generally speaking, these immunity statutes sunset by the end of year and protect against claims to the extent that an employer complied with state or local health and safety requirements. However, most of these immunity statues do not protect employers in the case of gross negligence, reckless, willful, and wanton misconduct, or intentional conduct. In some states, employers may create a rebuttable presumption of risk by posting a notice in certain locations (such as the entrance to a store) to put patrons and employees on notice of their assumption of the risk of COVID if they enter the premises (see Georgia’s COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act). Regardless of state liability protections, employers should continue to follow applicable safety procedures and protocols to minimize the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID.

For full article, including additional CDC recommendations, please visit NAPEO’s May 2021 PEO Insider Return to Work Considerations.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

by Paula Deen  |  Prep time: 13 minutes   |   Cook time: 13 minutes   |   Servings: 13
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 oz) packages frozen strawberries
  • 2 (3 oz) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
  • 1 (8 oz) container thawed frozen whipped topping
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 °F.  For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9×13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.  In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.  In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.  To serve, cut slices and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

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