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Weekend Roundup: Substance Abuse, Payroll Tax Deferral, Job Candidates and DE&I

In today’s Weekend Roundup, a Boston construction company goes beyond drug testing employees and crafts a substance abuse program. An executive memorandum defers payroll taxes, however, employers wait for guidance on this new deferral. The Society for Human Resource Management takes a look at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion through recruiting and new hires. Click the headlines below to learn more.

Boston Contractor Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Addiction Recovery Program

One of Boston’s largest construction companies is expanding its partnership with a substance abuse program—the only one of its kind in the industry—to make counseling and support services available for free to employees, subcontractors, and trades people at all of its job sites.

Commodore Builders CEO Joe Albanese on Wednesday called his company’s affiliation with the program started by recovering addict and former Boston Celtic Chris Herren, “The most important initiative we’ve ever supported.”

Employers Wait For Guidance On Payroll Tax Deferral

In what amounted to an end run around Congress, President Trump signed a series of executive memorandums and an executive order on Aug. 8, 2020, to address issues left unresolved by the congressional failure to agree on additional bipartisan stimulus legislation.

“It’s actually a memorandum rather than an executive order,” observed Mark Luscombe, CPA and principal federal tax analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting. “The difference is not legally significant. An executive order gets published in the Congressional Record.”

Diversify Your Recruitment Sources to Improve DE&I

Employers have promised to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) at their organizations since nationwide protests against racial injustice began in June.

One of the first steps companies can take to meet those commitments is reviewing how their recruiting and hiring is done—from how job advertisements are written to which candidate sources are mined for talent and which recruitment partners are chosen.

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