Covid-19 News

September 14, 2021

The New Normal in the Time of COVID

Eighteen months ago, when the first COVID shutdown was implemented, we thought that it would be for a short period and then everything would return to normal. Now we are coming to grips with the idea that life and work as we knew it pre-pandemic may never be the same. Going forward employers will need to adapt to the “new normal” in order to successfully operate their business.
May 26, 2021

Harassment Complaints

The recent headlines about sexual assault complaints at LSU in Baton Rouge, sexual harassment complaints at LSU Medical School at Shreveport, sexual harassment complaints in the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, and accusations of sexual harassment by the Broussard Police Chief, should serve as a reminder to business owners that they need to review and update workplace policies to ensure that they are protecting their employees, their company and themselves from behavior that can damage the company’s reputation and productivity.
May 10, 2021

Understanding State Unemployment Benefits

State unemployment benefits were intended to help people who lost their job due to no fault of their own. During the COVID pandemic, the federal government has provided enhanced unemployment benefits to people whose jobs were affected by coronavirus. These enhanced benefits added $300 to existing state benefits through September 6, 2021 and are also available to self-employed workers who typically are not eligible for state unemployment benefits.
April 29, 2021

Risky Business – Time For An HR Checkup

Failure to comply with employment laws and to keep up with changes in the HR arena can result in serious and costly mistakes for employers.  Understanding what you can, can’t and shouldn’t do regarding employee issues can be a time-consuming and frustrating task for small business owners. An HR compliance review by a trained professional can uncover existing problems, provide solutions and help avoid lawsuits.
March 16, 2021

The Check is in the Mail!

Congress passed and President Biden recently signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, into law. In addition to stimulus checks of up to $1,400 that are being sent to eligible Americans, there are several major changes that business owners need to know about.
February 23, 2021

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Next Level Solution's HR Advisor, Carrie Miller, discusses details of the current COVID-19 vaccine while addressing concerns revolving around the vaccine.  She also breaks down the important questions employers should be considering.
August 21, 2020

Quick Tip #1: Bank Reconciliations & Clearing Stale Items

When working with companies on bank reconciliations, it's very common for us to see stale items dating back months. These items usually include deposits and checks that never cleared. When these accumulate, they lead to inaccurate financial information that can wreak havoc on businesses.
July 20, 2020

Enhanced Unemployment Benefits End Soon

The $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 will end on Saturday, July 25.  It is unclear whether Congress will pass legislation to provide additional benefits for workers who are unable to return to work due to business closures or down-sizing.
July 14, 2020

No Mask, No Service

For years businesses have displayed signs that state “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.” Since 2007 it has been illegal to smoke in most buildings that are open to the public. Although not everyone likes these rules, we have learned to accept them. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must learn to comply with the latest restriction: “No Mask, No Service.”
July 2, 2020

What To Look For When Combining Systems

With countless options for systems and software, the real value for most businesses lies in the ability to make them work together. Through cloud-based APIs, these systems can talk to each other and unite for an outcome far more impressive than what a single piece of software offers.
June 17, 2020

The SBA has issued new forgiveness guidance

The SBA has issued new forgiveness guidance for those receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans.
June 15, 2020

Refusal to Return to Work

Many employers are finding it difficult to get employees to return to work due to the enhanced unemployment benefits that are available through July 31 or because of ongoing concern about COVID-19 risks.
June 5, 2020

Meeting Small Businesses’ New Needs

From an accounting, HR and technology perspective, things have changed for small businesses. These owners and leaders will be forced to leverage different options and face new challenges.
June 5, 2020

Christmas in June

Forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan just got a lot easier for small business owners (less than 500 employees) who received funds from the […]
May 27, 2020

Document! Document! Document!

“Document! Document! Document!” is the mantra of Human Resources professionals in the best of times and even more important now in the time of dealing with COVID-19 legislation.  Written documents are an employer’s best protection to prove that certain actions have been taken and how situations were handled.
May 21, 2020

Transitioning to the New Normal

COVID-19 has forced us to realize the amount of opportunities that are out there for business owners to capitalize on. It's important to take these lessons and transform them into new ideas and ways of serving clients.
May 15, 2020

What Businesses Should Be Thinking About Right Now

Business owners are facing a lot of uncertainty. But, it's now more important than ever to focus on creative plans and new ways to address opportunities in the marketplace.
May 11, 2020

Getting Back to Work

How do business owners encourage employees to return to work once the “stay-at-home” order is rescinded? In many cases, staying at home and collecting unemployment benefits may seem like a better deal to employees than returning to work and collecting regular wages. Although enhanced unemployment benefits ($600 per week) provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will end on July 31, some employees may be hesitant to return to work before then.
April 24, 2020

Rebooting Your Workplace

Hopefully, “stay-at-home” orders will be lifted soon and businesses will begin to return to normal.  We hear a lot of talk about “the new normal,” but the reality is that it will be different for each business.  Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for bringing employees back to the workplace:
April 13, 2020

Unscrambling COVID-19 Legislation

The federal government has passed several relief packages to help people and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Understanding how these new laws interact is important so that you get the right combination of benefits to weather the economic impact of the “stay-at-home” mandate. At this point, we are still waiting for guidance from the federal government on much of this legislation.