American Red Cross Offers Free Ready Rating Program

Is your organization prepared for disasters and emergencies? Are you confident your organization can protect the lives of everyone at your facility during a crisis? The Red Cross’ Ready Rating program is a free membership program, designed to help businesses, schools, and organizations become better prepared for disasters and other emergencies.

Participants will get immediate customized feedback and recommendations to improve preparedness. Also, you will have access to assessments, tools and resources developed by Red Cross emergency preparedness experts. There is no cost or obligation to becoming a member of the program.

You can become a member by: 

Make Preparedness a Priority

  • By joining today at ReadyRating.org

Take an Assessment

  • Identify possible emergencies – internal or external and their potential impact to your organization. You can choose from: 
  1. ReadyGo – Quick assessment that takes less than 5 minutes to complete
  2. ReadyAdvance – Detailed assessment to learn your areas for improvement

Create your EAP (Emergency Action Plan)

  • Outline the steps your organization will take before, during and after an emergency

Stay Prepared

  • Train your staff, practice your EAP and integrate preparedness into the culture of your organization/business

With a preparedness plan in place, you can embrace employee safety, enhance productivity, and minimize losses. Contact Edna Reinard, Disaster Program Specialist at the Red Cross for more information at [email protected]

Berwick Announces 2022 Grant Round

The Community Giving Foundation: Berwick is pleased to announce information regarding the 2022 competitive grant round. This grant round includes the Berwick Health & Wellness Fund. The process beings now and will continue through May.

To be eligible to receive a grant, an organization must hold a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be a governmental organization. All grants must benefit the residents and communities within the defined Berwick service area. Individuals are not eligible to apply. If your organization is physically located outside of the Berwick service area, you may still apply if you will be serving residents within the service area. For information regarding the grant guidelines and service area, see details under the Berwick heading on our Grants webpage.

Grant applications will be completed and submitted through a web-based program. To access the application process, click here. Grant requests $10,000 and under must be submitted online by 11:59pm, February 17, 2022. Grant requests over $10,000 must be submitted online by 11:59pm, March 10, 2022.

If you have questions regarding the grant process, please contact Christine Orlando, Senior Program Officer, at [email protected] or call 570-752-3930, ext. 2.

Berwick is an affiliate of the Community Giving Foundation, which manages over 300 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna area.

IRS Increases 2022 Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.

Beginning January 1, 2022, standard mileage rates for the use of cars, vans, pickup trucks, or panel trucks will increase to 58.5 cents per business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2021. Medical and moving rates climbed to 18 cents in 2022 up from 16 cents in 2021, while charitable organization rates remain at 14 cents per mile.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. Increased fuel prices are one factor that has led to the change in rates.

Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS mileage rates for 2022 apply to miles driven starting January 1, 2022. These standard mileage rates are important because they provide small businesses with a framework for calculating deductible costs for operating a vehicle for business purposes.

The IRS does give taxpayers the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost recovery System (MACRS), or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle.

For more information on the IRS 2022 mileage rates, see this IRS Article.

If you would like to talk to one of our professionals in our Entrepreneurial Support & Client Accounting Segment on this topic or any other business related topic, please do not hesitate to contact them.

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Upcoming Presentation Will Provide Information on how to use Businesses’ State Taxes to Support Local Community Development Activities

Co-sponsoring with the Community Giving Foundation, this presentation will provide information on how to use businesses’ State taxes to support local community development activities.

Did you know that PA businesses can team up with non-profits to keep their state tax payments local? This session will explain how to do it all. This program works similarly to the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program.

Paul Macknosky, the featured speaker, is the primary contact for this program in the NEPA and also serves as the Regional Director for the PA Dept of Community & Economic Development.

The presentation is scheduled to be held at the Community Giving Foundation in Berwick at 725 W Front St. in Berwick on January 10th at noon. A Zoom option is available as well for those who wish to see and hear the program virtually. 

Please register with Josh Nespoli at [email protected] or 570-394-4905

OSHA Employer Temporary Standard on Vaccination and Testing: Readiness Guide for Pennsylvania Employers

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has prepared a readiness guide to help employers with 100 or more employees be prepared to implement the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 vaccination or testing.

OSHA provides two compliance options:

1.  Develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy

2.  Adopt a policy requiring employees to either get vaccinated or elect to undergo regular

COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work in lieu of vaccination

The ETS was published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. The text of the rule can be found on the Federal Register website, and OSHA’s website contains additional information, including FAQs.

On November 6, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency motion to stay enforcement of the ETS, temporarily suspending the ETS pending further judicial review. On November 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor acknowledged the Fifth Circuit’s Order and announced that OSHA is suspending its implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending further litigation. On December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court dissolved the Fifth Circuit Court’s stay of the ETS. On December 18, 2021, OSHA released guidance that it will resume implementation of the ETS.

Per OSHA: “OSHA will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.” Litigation may be ongoing. Employers should refer to the OSHA website for updated guidance.

Employers must choose how to ensure compliance. Federal guidance states that employers can mandate vaccinations for staff. To support vaccinations, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) will continue to oversee a Commonwealth-wide vaccination program, and employers are invited to refer any staff seeking vaccination to one of hundreds of clinics in the Commonwealth providing vaccines. To find the closest vaccine provider, please follow this link. PADOH will not provide any customized support to private employers seeking to operationalize a testing program.

You can access the complete “Readiness Guide for Pennsylvania Employers” for detailed information about:

·      Vaccinating employees

·      Testing employees

·      Support from the Pennsylvania Department of Health

·      List of U.S. employers with vaccine mandates (non-exhaustive)

·      NAAT and Antigen Test Differences to Consider When Planning for Diagnostic or Screening Use

Thank you for your assistance in helping protect your employees and our nation from COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Berrier, Secretary, PA Department of Labor & Industry

and

Keara Klinepeter, Acting Secretary, PA Department of Health