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10Sep 21

COVID-19 Update September 10, 2021

Yesterday, the Biden administration unveiled a new plan to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A critical component of that plan calls on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and implement a new emergency temporary standard (ETS) to require employers with more than 100 employees to mandate that their employees are either fully vaccinated or subject to COVID-19 testing at least once per week. They will also require all workers in healthcare settings…

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23Aug 21

COVID-19 Update August 23, 2021

While the Delta variant is still affecting many parts of the country, the big news today is that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine received full FDA approval.  As the first vaccine in the US to be approved by the FDA, it might make it easier for employers to mandate the shot. Here at Delta, we are pro-vaccination, and most of our office has been vaccinated. We still believe you should check with your trusted physician; however, the proof is out there…

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11Aug 21

COVID-19 Update August 11, 2021

As the COVID-19 delta variant spreads, many employers are asking what they can do if workers refuse to get vaccinated. Some employers are firing workers who won't take the vaccine and others are requiring unvaccinated employees to submit to weekly testing and take other safety precautions. It is legal to require workers to show proof of their vaccination status or wear N-95 masks and submit to regular COVID-19 testing, but employers must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),…

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02Aug 21

COVID-19 Update August 2, 2021

Today, Louisiana Governor Edwards temporarily reinstated a statewide mask mandate through September 1st as cases and hospitalizations rise at the fastest rate since the start of the pandemic. For those in other states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they are in locations with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates. With low global vaccination rates, there are likely to be new variants in our future that could…

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27Jul 21

COVID-19 Update July 27, 2021

Just as we were starting to come out of the pandemic, we now have the Delta variant to deal with. If you have not been vaccinated, please consider it as a way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This new variant is much more dangerous, especially for the unvaccinated. Employers may want to reinstitute mask requirements in light of new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks…

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13Jul 21

COVID-19 Update July 13, 2021

Although the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is expiring at the end of 2021, there's still time for eligible businesses to claim the credit, if they haven't already. The credit can be claimed on amended payroll tax returns as long as the statute of limitations remains open, which is three years from the date of filing. Employers should note that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain in full effect following another recent U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting a challenge…

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21Jun 21

COVID-19 Update June 21, 2021

This weekend, many of us in the South experienced our first tropical storm of the 2021 hurricane season, which started on June 1st and continues through November 30th. Last year, we posted a blog on some of our recommendations for keeping your businesses safe and staying prepared during a turbulent storm season. Be sure to review FEMA’s Guide to Hurricane Preparedness, along with the NOAA Extreme Weather info sheet, containing each state’s emergency centers and their contacts. Delta is always…

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08Jun 21

COVID-19 Update June 8, 2021

Last week, the Biden Administration released their 2022 budget proposal totaling to a whopping 6 trillion dollars (no, that is not a typo!). As an economics enthusiast, I have a hard time spending twice as much as we collect. Who and when will we pay these dollars we are borrowing today, and is there proof that this spending will actually help the economy? I have always believed that the government can’t buy everyone’s way to prosperity. In connection with release…

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