Precautionary Dangers, Vaccine Housing, and COVID-19 Rip-off

Wednesday April 21, 2021

It’s #WorkforceWednesday! Here is an overview of some of the key developments in labor law and human resource management this week.

How to Mitigate Cyber ​​Security Risk for Retirement Plans

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration released its first cybersecurity best practices for retirement plans. To help plan sponsors and trustees with their responsibility for carefully selecting and monitoring service providers, the guidelines provide considerations to help them determine whether service providers are following strict cybersecurity practices. Continue reading.

Vaccine administration accommodations

Employers with on-site nurses or healthcare professionals should be aware that workers who refuse to give the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds may need reasonable accommodation. An employer could consider a range of accommodations.

Increased COVID-19 Fraud Prevention by DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that as of March 26, 2021, the agency had publicly indicted 474 defendants of more than $ 569 million in U.S. government funds for crimes related to COVID-19-related programs in 56 federal districts reclaim. Companies that have received government relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES) should expect a further increase in law enforcement activities and investigations in the coming months. Learn more.

Other highlights

New Mexico has a broad law on paid sick leave

Under the recent New Mexico Health Workplace Act, workers must accumulate a minimum of one hour of Paid Sick Leave (PSL) for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 64 hours, commencing with the later start of (i) Start, or ii) July 1, 2022. There is no waiting period to use PSL and employees can use any available PSL once it has expired. PSL can be taken in one-hour increments unless the employer allows PSL to be taken in smaller intervals. Click for more.

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