Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18th, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  into law (hereafter referred to as the act). This act gives employees paid sick and leave time in response to the COVID-19 virus. This act also provides for employer tax credits to pay for the additional paid sick and leave time. The Treasury Department has up to 15 days after the act was enacted to publish guidelines on how the act is to be implemented. This blog may be updated once those guidelines have been published.

Important Notes:

New Leave IDs

You may need New Leave IDs set up to track the time that your employees may need to take due to COVID-19.

  • COVID-19
  • COVID Sick 
  • COVID Other 
  • COVID Family 

New Gross IDs

You may need New Gross IDs set up to track the pay that they will receive if they are out due to COVID-19.

  • COVID-19
  • COVID Sick

Note: If you do set up new GROSS IDs, you will also need to have a RATE ID. This can be done by copy from one gross id to another. 

Note: It would be best practice to run these payouts through a separate Pay Master Id – to identify wages for the tax credit.  You can run payroll reports by Pay ID.

What should I do now?

  1. Effective date of the new law is April 1, 2020.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the act.
  3. Create new Leave IDs if needed.
  4. Create new Gross IDs if needed.

Remote Work 2020

Remote Work 2020

RDA will remain open for business during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

RDA is prepared for Remote Work 2020.  The RDA team is successfully working from home. Our ability to serve you will continue despite COVID-19 stresses.

Business will continue as usual.

  • Helpdesk services
  • Program updates
  • Phone calls 
  • Training sessions
  • Special projects
  • And more

With the cloud delivery of RDA software, your RDA system and data is ready and available for your organization to work remotely.  A basic computer with high speed internet is all you need for secure access. A current version of Firefox is recommended.

Is all this really necessary? Most of us will not catch COVID-19 or will experience only mild symptoms. However, the precaution of working from home is aimed at minimizing the number of infections. This so that our healthcare system will not be overwhelmed. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a WORLD News Group board member, said the love of God and of neighbor should drive Christians’ decisions at this time. In announcing that the seminary and Boyce College would move classes online, he admonished students, “We need to see this challenge as an opportunity for us to … demonstrate in a whole new context what it means for us to love one another, what it means to serve Christ, what it means to love our neighbors, and what it means to care for one another.”

Remote Work – With unknowns surrounding global health, it is likely that more and more people will be working from home and remote locations. Remote work is not new for RDA.  Below are a few things we have learned working remotely the last few years.

Some of the benefits of Remote Work:

  • No commute.  This saves time and money. 
  • Focus. Less interruptions from those walking by your desk.
  • Flexibility. One can work from anywhere with a good internet connection. 

Some of the challenges of Remote Work:

  • We are human. Fellowship is important even at work. Be intentional about connecting and chatting with others. Make it a practice to overshare when communicating online.
  • Have grace. Email, chatting and texting can be easily misinterpreted. Visual and audio clues are missing.  
  • Establish a routine. Much like at the office, one needs to establish routines and rhythm of the work day at the remote location.  Start time, coffee time, stretch time, lunch time, etc.. 
  • Use visual technology. Take advantage of screen sharing, screen shots, webcams, video conferencing, etc. Of the three components of communications (visual, auditory & words), experts agree that visual is by far the dominant component.

Disaster Recovery & Security – Next Steps

Disaster Recovery & Security – Next Steps

One of the more frequent questions we get from our clients is in regards to disaster recovery and security. For the past few months, we have been developing updated Disaster Recovery Plans to combat the risks and threats to your daily operations. We now have an enhanced disaster recovery offering for your RDA software and system.

Just this morning, it was published that a small city near RDA’s office suffered a ransomware attack last year.

For this reason and beginning this week, we will be reaching out to each of our clients to discuss preparations for this type of event.

If you would like to set an appointment for this discussion that works best for you and your team, please contact Mimi English (mvenglish@rdasys.com).