By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP December 2020 IRS Code Section 139, written for 9/11 victims in 2001, may help small businesses assist employees with unforeseen costs due to COVID-19 and other recent disasters. A business can write a disaster relief program to give employees nontaxable help. The program must describe the type of […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP November 2020 Two measures passed last week increasing business taxes in San Francisco. Propositions F and L were passed by voters aimed at businesses with over 2 million dollars in gross receipts. What is Proposition F? Proposition F, now law, repeals the payroll tax and raises the gross […]

By George Paulsen, Hood & Strong LLP November 2020 Is it time to give your children your vacation home or a rental property you own in California? Proposition 19 that just passed suggests it might be the right time. In the last election Proposition 19 was voted into law. This new law, effective February 15th […]

By Morgan Carpenter October 2020   Election Day is almost here! In the state of California, county elections officials will begin to send vote-by-mail ballots to all active, registered voters by October 5, 2020. While voting by mail is a viable option for the general election, some people may still prefer to vote in person […]

By Elizabeth Kay September 2020 Complying with City Requirements While Working-From-Home Here in the Bay Area, many cities have their own ordinances and laws surrounding health benefit offerings and paid sick leave. What many employers don’t realize is that they are subject to complying with these rules even if the business is not headquartered in […]

by Elizabeth Kay, Compliance and Retention Analyst with AEIS, Inc. August 2020 Every few years there is a change in administration at the Federal level, and with each change often comes a change in policy, change in areas of focus, and sometimes a change in revenue streams.  For example, under the Obama Administration the Department […]

The coronavirus crisis has forced human resources teams to juggle more challenges than ever before, from employee benefits and sick leave to new teleworking policies. On top of this, the drastic change in the American workplace has spawned new laws and protocols, while raising questions about how these new regulations affect standing legislation like the […]

The IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) have released specific guidelines for employee requests for Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFMLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in order for employers to be eligible to receive the payroll tax credit. We have generated an employee request form that meets all of […]

Question: Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Answer: Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Some cases of the flu, however, are severe or […]

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service […]