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Governor DeSantis Ends Additional Federal Unemployment Subsidy

In an effort to return to normal work conditions, beginning on May 29, 2021, Floridians claiming unemployment benefits must search for jobs to continue to receive unemployment benefits. Pre-pandemic Florida law will go back into effect as of this date. Anyone seeking unemployment benefits must contact five employers each week in order to receive unemployment benefits.

Several U.S. states are taking actions to encourage the unemployed to find work amid labor shortages. Governors in 22 states have already withdrawn from the federal unemployment benefits. On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis' administration officially announced that Florida is also withdrawing from the federal pandemic assistance program that offered a $300.00 per-week boost to state unemployment benefits. The supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program payment will end June 26, 2021.

The announcement comes after the labor department said April labor statistics showed private sector employment increased by 18,800 jobs and more than 460,000 online job postings were available throughout the state. This is good news for the Panhandle businesses who are struggling to fill openings due to the combined state and federal benefit amount exceeding the amount earned regularly by employees.

As Florida's employers are seeing employment growth, The Department of Economic Development Secretary, Dane Eagle said, "Transitioning away from this benefit will help meet the demands of small and large businesses that are ready to hire and expand their workforce."

SimpleHR prioritizes the management of unemployment claims at all times. We have placed emphasis on assisting eligible employees to gain unemployment wages during the pandemic while also preventing fraud, misuse and misrepresentation for our clients. We explore all claims with particular attention to those that refused an offer of employment and those who opted to remain on unemployment when recalled to work.

Consider Us a Resource

When you outsource your human resource responsibilities to SimpleHR, we manage your greatest resource - your employees. For over 18 years, SimpleHR has served this community as the most trusted professional employee management company in our area. We are dedicated to providing our clients with human resource solutions, payroll administration, benefits, and the highest standards of customer service.

Are you ready to focus on the core of your business? Start by exploring services with a SimpleHR expert!

Why You Should Invite a SimpleHR Professional to Speak to Your Group

  1. SimpleHR Knows the HR Industry
    Do your employees ask you questions about compliance, benefits, retirement savings plans, insurance, etc. that you aren't quite sure about? SimpleHR can help! If you arrange a day for one of our HR professionals to speak to your organization, you (and your employees) can prepare to ask any HR questions you may have. This gives your employees the chance to hear from an accredited experienced professional and gives you the opportunity to redirect questions that are not related to your core services to another qualified individual.
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  1. Provide Education that Lowers Expenses
    According to the National Association of Professional Employer Organization (NAPEO), the average business experiences a 27.2% return on investment after choosing to outsource to a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) over hiring an in-house HR employee. The estimate is based on calculating cost savings for PEO clients in the following five HR-related areas:
    • HR personnel costs;
    • Health benefits;
    • Workers' compensation;
    • Unemployment insurance; and
    • Other external expenditures in areas related directly to HR services (payroll services, benefits, etc.)
    If you arrange a day for one of our HR professionals to speak to your organization, you (and your employees) can prepare to ask any HR questions you may have. This gives your employees the chance to hear from an accredited experienced professional and gives you the opportunity to redirect questions that are not related to your core services to another qualified individual.
  2. Help Your Employees Feel Valued
    Employees will recognize that you care about their questions/concerns by providing them with an experienced and accredited HR professional that can clarify confusion or give them the answers they have been seeking. Help your employees understand their RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES! If you arrange a day for one of our HR professionals to speak to your organization, you (and your employees) can prepare to ask any HR questions you may have. This gives your employees the chance to hear from an accredited experienced professional and gives you the opportunity to redirect questions that are not related to your core services to another qualified individual.
The bottom line? "PEOs help retain employees" (source: NAPEO)

SimpleHR professionals allow you to focus on your business's core mission, while also complying with state and federal laws. Are you ready to invite a SimpleHR professional to speak to your business, organization, association, or group?

COVID-19 Resources and Reconstituted Payroll Protection Program

During times of uncertainty, we understand that providing our clients and their employees with up-to-date, accurate, and timely information related to COVID-19 and its effect is of the utmost importance. At SimpleHR, our goal is to positively impact your business, and at the onset of COVID in 2020, our team launched a digital COVID-19 response and Employer/Employee resource page to serve as a home base for critical pieces of information. Read More

"SimpleHR pushed out small business resources timely, professionally, and efficiently via email and webinars. Couldn't have asked for anything more from this team!"

Our clients responded to the addition of this page and the ongoing support they received throughout the many changes brought on by COVID-19 and we've listened and adapted to continue providing information and resources along the way.

"Timely information and outstanding support. My point of contact, Stephanie, is awesome!"

"Would like to applaud your team in providing top notch customer service all the time (not just during this unprecedented time). Your approach surpasses any corporate HR entity"

Once you visit the COVID-19 Response and Resource page, you'll notice a link to the new PPP guidance issued by the Small Business Administration. This resource is offered to you as a starting point for questions and concerns pertaining to the second round of PPP.

The Payroll Protection Program, widely known as PPP, was recently reconstituted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). While your business may have applied for and received the first round of PPP loans, one major change is that Second Draw Loans are now available to businesses that previously received a PPP loan.

Fresh PPP loans are available to first-time borrowers from the following groups:

  • Businesses with 500 or fewer employees that are eligible for other SBA 7(a) loans.
  • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and eligible self-employed individuals.
  • Not-for-profits, including churches.
  • Accommodation and food services operations (those with North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes starting with 72) with fewer than 300 employees per physical location.

As with PPP1, the costs eligible for loan forgiveness in PPP2 include payroll, rent, covered mortgage interest, and utilities. For more information and full details on the PPP loans visit the U.S. Treasury website and the Small Business Administration's page on the PPP Second Draw Loans. If you are unsure where to begin, we will be happy to connect you to a SimpleHR expert!

"Julia went above and beyond to help us get all the paperwork and data needed to receive our PPP loan. She is a rock star!"

SimpleHR professionals are working tirelessly for you and we are available to answer your questions and provide our absolute best guidance. We are honored to be the trusted resource for all of your employee management needs. We know that together, we will overcome whatever obstacles come our way.

Our Resources are Human

In recent years, workplace culture has emerged as a critical differentiator for companies when recruiting, hiring, and maintaining employees. Most employers will agree that employees can make or break your business. Happiness ranks high in positive work culture environments and happy employees appreciate consistency in the workplace – either in the office or at home. Read More

Culture and workplace happiness is not just dependent on the state-of-mind of your employees; your company must also run smoothly. Senior management is expected to be organized while keeping a full plate and building the business. We don't have to tell you – that is no easy task. You are focused on the vision and execution of your business, so responsibilities like payroll management, benefits, tax and regulatory compliance, and workers' compensation should be delegated to employee management experts.

This is where SimpleHR comes in. Our staff of professionals are your best resource. We combine our unparalleled expertise, efficiency, and responsiveness to help businesses like yours flourish. Gone are the days when you are expected to manage your employees alone. Just like your business, the professionals at SimpleHR represent the highest standard for customer service for their customers. We are local and live in your awesome community. We are passionate about the resources, tools, and services you receive as our client. We help you through tough times and celebrate your wins with you.

Consider Us a Resource

When you outsource your human resource responsibilities to SimpleHR, we manage your greatest resource - your employees. For over 18 years, SimpleHR has served this community as the most trusted professional employee management company in our area. We are dedicated to providing our clients with human resource solutions, payroll administration, benefits, and the highest standards of customer service.

From day one, your SimpleHR Payroll Coordinator serves as a single dedicated point of contact for your payroll processing. Together, with a wide range of professional experience on staff, we help manage the complicated process from employee on-boarding to separation and everything in between. Our effectiveness and efficiency translate into your growth and success!

Are you ready to focus on the core of your business? Start by exploring services with a SimpleHR expert!

* SimpleHR provides HR assistance as a Client benefit. This assistance is provided by an HR professional as general information and is not a substitute for legal advice.