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Meet Mary. She’s an office manager at a 55+ employee company that produces medical supplies for hospitals and doctor’s offices across the United States.  Mary does it all, from the company’s sales orders and payroll to new hire details and answering employee questions about benefits — her workday can be a little hectic.  She has […]
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Minimum wages across many cities and a handful of states will increase on July 1, 2021. As a reminder, when state law differs from federal law, employers must use the one that benefits the employee the most. For example, if a state’s minimum wage is higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage, it must be […]
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The History of Juneteenth Last week (June 17, 2021), President Biden signed legislation that declares Juneteenth a federal holiday, going forward. Let’s explore what that means for you and your company. Juneteenth occurs each year on June 19. It honors the day in 1865 when American forces declared that enslaved people in Texas were to […]
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There are many new or updated state laws or employers that will go into effect on July 1, 2021. If your state has an update, you’ll find it below. As with any other regulation, laws are subject to last-minute changes, visit the Department of Labor online for more info. You can also find minimum wage […]
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Under the OSHA Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment, free from hazards that can cause serious harm. On June 10, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted new guidance to protect at-risk and unvaccinated employees from COVID-19 in the workplace.  Requirements Part […]
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Storm season is here! Businesses need plans in place, not only for taking shelter during inclement weather but also for running business as usual. We’re sharing a few procedures and precautions to consider when storm season rolls around.  Shelter Your employees should know how to respond when emergencies happen during the workday. Learn more from […]
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In a crisis, life can seem a little scary. It’s easy to lose sight of the good in the midst of trying times. However, taking care of your mental health is never more important than when you face a crisis. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. According to mentalhealth.gov, your mental state can […]
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The physical and mental well-being of your employees is essential. At Nextep, we’re doing what we can to ensure our employees are healthy and stay that way. Keeping up with your employees’ well-being can be challenging, so here are a few ways employers are promoting workplace wellness today. CREATING A CULTURE OF MENTAL WELLBEING Employees […]
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Elevating the employment experience and enriching people’s lives is what we strive to do at Nextep every day — and now we’re empowering the kids of Nextep employees to do the same! The Nextep Charitable Foundation created the “Nextep’s Future Philanthropist” program, where students get $50 to donate to their school or a nonprofit of […]
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If your employer participates in the federal government’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, you should know more about what that means.  The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to businesses that hire people from certain groups facing challenges gaining employment. This program incentivizes employers to promote job access to a diverse range of […]
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Voluntary paid leave for employees and accompanying tax credits for employers, originally made available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), have been extended through September 30, 2021, by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). If you haven’t already, you need to decide whether or not your organization will continue offering paid COVID-related leave […]
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The Nextep Charitable Foundation is proud to donate $8,000 to Mary Abbott Children’s House. Nextep has supported Mary Abbott Children’s Home — a fellow member of the Norman, OK community — on numerous occasions over the company’s 25 years in business.  “Abbott House provides a victim-centered, child-friendly environment to help children tell their stories after […]
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