The American Rescue Plan Act introduced several new relief programs for small businesses, including the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—designed to provide relief for restaurants and other food and drink establishments that were hit hard in the last year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have shifted to a remote workforce—and in turn, the staffing industry has had to pivot as well, implementing remote recruiting, hiring, and onboarding strategies. While some employees have now returned to the office, many are continuing to work remotely, and will for the foreseeable future. And with employers and employees finding that a remote work strategy can be just as effective, while saving costs for employers and providing a better work-life balance for employees, remote work is definitely here to stay on a larger scale than ever before. So what does this mean for the staffing industry?
The IRS and the Treasury department began issuing a second round of Economic Impact Payments last week as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Most individuals making up to $75,000 per year will receive a direct payment of $600; married couples making up to $150,000 per year will receive $1,200; and eligible individuals with children will receive $600 for each qualifying child dependent. Dependents who are 17 and older are not eligible for the child payment.
As businesses have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic over the course of 2020, many were forced to shift to a remote workforce temporarily. As the pandemic continues, employers and employees have adjusted to this new way of working, and many companies are now considering shifting to this model permanently. This change can provide many benefits, including reduced overhead, increased communication, improved employee satisfaction, and reduced carbon footprint. However, there are impacts to risk exposure as well.
The subject of payroll has been top-of-mind for business owners this year. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered economic changes that caused considerable fluctuations in the size of many companies’ workforces. Employees have been laid off, furloughed and, in some cases, rehired. There has also been crisis relief for eligible businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the payroll tax credit.