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Federal judge vacates portions of FFCRA legislation

Federal judge vacates portions of FFCRA legislation

A federal court in New York has struck down portions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The court ruled the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority with the final rule on four components of the act: The work-availability requirement. The definition of health care provider. An employee being required to secure employer…
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Former intern promoted to Syndeo leadership team as Director of Benefits

Former intern promoted to Syndeo leadership team as Director of Benefits

Owen Gomez has been promoted to the role of Director of Benefits for Syndeo. As such, he becomes the seventh member of the company’s leadership team. “Owen has dedicated his entire 11-year professional career to Syndeo and has earned this much deserved elevation,” Bill Maness, Syndeo’s CEO, wrote in an all-staff email announcing the change….
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Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

The relaxed requirement for employers to conduct in-person employment eligibility verification through Form I-9 will continue for at least another month.    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are again extending employment eligibility verification requirements due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, employers that are operating in…
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What OSHA says about the proper use of face coverings in the workplace

What OSHA says about the proper use of face coverings in the workplace

With the use of facemasks now more prevalent in the workplace as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to ensure employers and employees are using face coverings properly. Many have turned to cloth face coverings as a form of protection, while others use respirators. Surgical…
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SBA adds $10K grant to COVID-19 funding options

SBA adds $10K grant to COVID-19 funding options

Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have another funding option through the Small Business Administration. The organization is accepting applications for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. The SBA describes it as a grant, which doesn’t have to be repaid. That money, the SBA says, provides “emergency economic relief”…
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Supreme Court ruling expands discrimination protections under Title VII

Supreme Court ruling expands discrimination protections under Title VII

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of discrimination protections under Title Vll of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The June 15 ruling means employers no longer will be able to terminate employees strictly on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Supreme Court Justices voted…
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New law brings sweeping changes to SBA’s COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

New law brings sweeping changes to SBA’s COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

Big changes are coming to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. Senate approved the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 on June 3 following the May 28 approval in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was signed into law on June 5. The new law amends the signature lending program…
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SBA details PPP loan forgiveness application, calculation instructions

SBA details PPP loan forgiveness application, calculation instructions

Hoping to have your Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiven? There’s now an application for that. The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released the application and provided instructions to assist borrowers with that process. The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application is available here. Borrowers will need to provide information including their…
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U.S. Treasury Department eases justification requirement for PPP loans under $2M

U.S. Treasury Department eases justification requirement for PPP loans under $2M

A large contingent of Paycheck Protection Program borrowers no longer need to justify their loan. The U.S. Treasury Department has eliminated the need for borrowers with loans of less than $2 million to prove they need PPP funding to offset economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, those borrowers are now afforded a safe harbor…
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Syndeo wins ClearlyRated ‘Best of HR’ award

Syndeo wins ClearlyRated ‘Best of HR’ award

Syndeo Outsourcing, a leading human resources outsourcing company, has won a Best of HR Services Award through ClearlyRated for providing superior client service. ClearlyRated says Best-of winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. ClearlyRated is a client satisfaction research company. “Now more than ever,…
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Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

Department of Homeland Security temporarily relaxing I-9 review rules for hiring during coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is making temporary changes to Form I-9 review processes. Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the department is relaxing the requirement for employers to review I-9 documents for new employees in person. “Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s…
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Federal judge vacates portions of FFCRA legislation

What the new Coronavirus relief package means for businesses in Kansas, across U.S.

A new relief package for those affected by COVID-19 also includes provisions that will impact employers. President Donald Trump signed Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law March 18 following passage in the U.S. House and Senate. The law takes effect April 1. Syndeo, an outsourced human resources provider, is providing a summary of the major…
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The Dos and Don’ts of the Coronavirus: A guide for Kansas employers

The Dos and Don’ts of the Coronavirus: A guide for Kansas employers

Heightened concerns about the spread of Coronavirus are affecting the work place. Some businesses are temporally closing in the interim, while others are limiting hours of operation. More people are working remotely as a means of “social distancing” for fear of contracting the virus or as a measure to stop its spread. Gatherings of 10…
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Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

New version of Form I-9 now available

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is rolling out a new version of the Form I-9 that employers use to verify the identity and employment authorization of their workers. The new document includes minor changes to the form itself as well as the instructions for completing it including: Revising Country of Issuance and Issuing Authority fields….
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Safety Spotlight: Aerial lifts now subject to updated operation standards

Safety Spotlight: Aerial lifts now subject to updated operation standards

Updated safety and training standards for operating aerial lifts in the workplace are now in place. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) made changes to the guidelines for that type of equipment to create more of a global standard of operation. As a result, lifts are now required to have separate load-limit and slope-level sensors….
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Making sense of IRS’ Form W-4 changes

Making sense of IRS’ Form W-4 changes

The new year means changes to the form your employees use to determine how much income tax is withheld from their paychecks. Changes in tax law prompted the IRS to overhaul the Form W-4 and rename it the “Employee’s Withholding Certificate.” Though the form is slightly altered most years, the intent of the redesign is…
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Syndeo’s Sowder featured on HR industry leaders list

Syndeo’s Sowder featured on HR industry leaders list

Our human resources department is receiving some well-deserved attention thanks to a couple of individual awards. Tonja Sowder, our senior human resources consultant, was featured in the Dec. 20 edition of the Wichita Business Journal and online as part of that publication’s Women Who Lead series, which recognizes female business leaders in the region from…
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Connor Cross selected for Wichita Business Journal’s HR Professionals Award

Connor Cross selected for Wichita Business Journal’s HR Professionals Award

Syndeo’s company and individual recognitions are adding up. Connor Cross, our Director of Human Resources, has been selected for the Wichita Business Journal’s 2020 HR Professionals Awards. “Connor has been a driving force in delivering HR services to our clients, culminating in her promotion to Director of HR in July (2019),” says Bill Maness, Syndeo’s…
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When online payroll processing technology becomes your worst enemy

When online payroll processing technology becomes your worst enemy

We live in a technology-centric world. So much so that it’s easy to become dependent. People are always connected. Instant feedback is expected. Financial transactions are easily processed and tracked online. But what happens when that ability is lost? Syndeo and thousands of other businesses across the country that process payroll for their clients’ employees…
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Syndeo selected for third company award of 2019

Syndeo selected for third company award of 2019

This year makes three. Syndeo was selected as a finalist in the Wichita Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Competition for the third-consecutive year. We are one of 17 finalists in the medium-sized companies category, which includes businesses with 25 to 99 employees. The WBJ also is honoring businesses with 10 to 24 employees and…
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Syndeo selected for Wichita Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

Syndeo selected for Wichita Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

Add one more to a growing list of honors for our company. The Wichita Business Journal selected Syndeo as an honoree for the Innovation Awards, which honor individuals, teams and companies that have developed innovative approaches and solutions in the workplace. Our application focused on how we have found ways to better serve our clients and…
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U.S. Department of Labor authorizes increase to overtime pay threshold

U.S. Department of Labor authorizes increase to overtime pay threshold

An estimated 1.3 million more American workers soon will be eligible for overtime compensation with an expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The U.S. Department of Labor on Sept. 24 issued its final overtime rule, increasing the threshold at which non-exempt employees can receive overtime pay to $35,568, or $684 per week. The higher…
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Syndeo relocating its Wichita staffing division

Syndeo relocating its Wichita staffing division

The Wichita staffing division of Syndeo Outsourcing is operating as a stand-alone location for the first time. Syndeo Staffing is moving to a small leased space at 400 S. Commerce, Suite 200. That’s next to RSM Marketing and across from Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. This is a change that is months in the…
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Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has sharpened its safety enforcement on businesses whose operations rely heavily on forklift operation to transport products from one place to another. That means manufacturing companies in particular and other businesses with warehouse facilities need to be vigilant. One component of the initiative centers on making sure forklifts…
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Syndeo’s list of SHRM-certified professionals continues to grow

Syndeo’s list of SHRM-certified professionals continues to grow

Two more Syndeo employees are now certified through the Society for Human Resource Management. HR Business Partners Courtney Vitamvas and Thuy Tran passed their exams in June about two weeks apart and after months of studying. A SHRM certification is an industry-recognized credential for individuals who are considered an expert in the field of human…
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Supreme Court ruling expands discrimination protections under Title VII

How Kansas employers can reduce their risk of being hit with retaliation lawsuits

Employers are facing an increasing number of discrimination or retaliation accusations from former employees who say they were wrongfully terminated. Businesses can protect themselves from those types of allegations but don’t always win if matters are taken to court. Take for example a case involving a former Kansas City, Mo. television reporter who was awarded…
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Gellerman’s Wichita Open run ends in second round

Gellerman’s Wichita Open run ends in second round

Michael Gellerman will have to wait longer to add another golf tournament championship to his list of accomplishments. Gellerman did not make the cut to advance to weekend play of the Wichita Open by shooting two over par with a score of 72 in the second round of the tournament. He shot even par in…
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Michael Gellerman eager for more after even-par first round of Wichita Open

Michael Gellerman eager for more after even-par first round of Wichita Open

Michael Gellerman has a fondness for the Wichita Open. The city’s premier golf tournament is where Gellerman, who calls Sterling, Kan. home, made his first start as a professional golfer in 2015 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. “It’s great,” Gellerman says of the Wichita Open. “They do an incredible job. All the player…
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Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Compliance audits are on the rise, meaning employers need to be aware of pitfalls that could result in penalties and fines. Increasingly, state and federal audits are being conducted to ensure companies large and small are complying with employment laws. Syndeo helps companies get in and stay in compliance. In Kansas, wage and hour audits…
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