What’s in Store for 2021?

What’s in Store for 2021? 1350 900 Balance Point Team

BPHR’s Director Lisa Salcido, SPHR, SHRM-SCP provides answers to your pressing HR questions.

Question: As an employer, I am excited to see 2020 come to an end. What can I expect as we look forward to the new year?

Answer: The pandemic has disrupted business and transformed the workplace in unimaginable ways. Temperature checks, sanitation schedules, physically distancing, face coverings and a shift to telework are just a few examples of the “new normal” post-coronavirus.

The ever-changing pandemic guidelines and COVID-19 laws made 2020 our busiest year. Read about some of these laws that will impact New Jersey employers well into 2021. With clients in every state and across all industries, we have answered a wide range of employment-related pandemic questions in our Q&A series.

Our greatest challenge has been the constantly changing CDC guidance and the interplay between federal, state and local laws. New laws are typically rolled-out without any direction, regulations are amended without warning and sometimes details are released that provide clarity in one area but then raise new questions, like…

  • Is New Jersey’s travel advisory, which recommends a quarantine but is not an order, an FFCRA covered leave?
  • How does New York State’s Paid Leave for COVID-19 interact with New York State’s Paid Sick Leave when an employer has been ordered to close temporarily due to a public health emergency?
  • If an employee who previously worked in New Jersey is now working from home in another state, and we are not sure how long telework will continue, are they still eligible for New Jersey State leave benefits?

Today’s complex legal landscape is confusing, and you are too busy running your business to analyze labor laws, search through FAQs or wait on hold with the DOL. BPHR will continue to be our clients’ best resource to keep up with HR regulations and COVID-19 requirements as the second wave impacts business well into 2021.

From our team to yours…we wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.


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