Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

The TEAM Companies, LLC (“TTC”) celebrates its unique diversity, equity and inclusion by recognizing and honoring the new U.S. federal holiday Juneteenth National Independence Day. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a national holiday to be recognized each year on June 19th, and TTC will recognize it by offering its employees a paid holiday on this day going forward each year. TTC has a long history of diversity, equity and inclusion in its staff with over 51% minorities, and the vast majority of its workforce are women. Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to ensure that all enslaved people would be free, a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is the oldest celebrated African American holiday and TTC is proud to…
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TTC Receives EcoVadis Silver Rating for Sustainability

The TEAM Companies (TTC) are proud to receive the EcoVadis Silver Rating for Sustainability. This rating means that TTC has scored in the top 25% globally of all companies rated by EcoVadis, which is the leading business sustainability ratings provider. EcoVadis has built a network of over 75,000 rated companies around the world. TTC’s score was calculated based on our performance in multiple key areas including the environment, ethics, sustainable procurement and labor & human rights. For more information on EcoVadis, click here. Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific legal or tax advice.
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SAG-AFTRA & JPC Agree to COVID-19 Commercial Production Safety Protocols

SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) have approved a COVID-19 Commercial Production Safety and Testing Protocol Agreement. This Agreement is applicable to commercials covered by the 2019 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and 2019 SAG-AFTRA Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Contract. It covers testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and other safety processes. Click here to view TTC's detailed summary of the agreement. The complete agreement can be viewed here. Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific legal or tax advice.
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Updated Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Rates

In accordance with the 2019 SAG-AFTRA Corporate/Educational & Non-Broadcast Agreement, updated rates are in effect as of May 1st, 2021. While basic rates are listed below, a complete contract summary and table of rates can be found in our digital Rate Book, located in our Client Knowledge Library. For those clients using the New York WTPA form customized for Co-Ed projects, the updated form is available on our Forms page under Government Forms. Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific legal or tax advice.
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Updated 2021 SUI Rates

Annual changes in SUI (State Unemployment Insurance) wage caps vary by state. Below are the SUI wage cap updates we have received from states so far, as applicable to our Production and Print clients: Alabama: 4.62% Arizona: 7.22% District of Columbia: 6.02% Idaho: 4.95% Kentucky: 5.64% Maryland: 7.50% Massachusetts: 10.07% Minnesota: 6.11% Nevada: 5.30% New York: 9.90% Oklahoma: 7.50% Rhode Island: 7.20% Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific legal or tax advice.
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2021 SAG-AFTRA Influencer Agreement and Influencer Waiver

SAG-AFTRA has recently finalized both the 2021 Influencer-Produced Sponsored Content Agreement ("The Influencer Agreement") and the 2021 Waiver for Influencer-Produced Sponsored Content ("The 2021 Influencer Waiver").   Influencer Waiver Under the Influencer Waiver associated with the Commercials Agreement: The advertiser or agency must be signatory to the Commercials Agreement. The influencer and/or their agent must be notified that the work is being produced under the waiver, but SAG-AFTRA notice and approval are not required. Content cannot contain stunts, dangerous conditions, nudity or sexually explicit content. The waiver is currently set to expire March 31, 2022, unless otherwise extended. Pension & Health (P&H) Compensation can be freely bargained. The producer(s) must make P&H contributions equal to 19%, or 18.5% for JPC authorizers, of all gross compensation for covered services. For the…
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California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Returns

California has passed Senate Bill 95 to reinstate and expand the COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave requirements first put in place in April 2020. The new law applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, and will remain in effect until September 30, 2021. The law applies to all employers in the state of California with 25 or more employees.  The law lists numerous situations in which an employee would be entitled to this leave, including not being able to work or telework due to: The employee experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or needing to quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 The employee acting as caretaker for a family member subject to quarantine or a child whose school is closed due to concerns related to COVID-19 The employee attending a COVID-19 vaccination appointment…
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Employees in New York Granted Leave to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

The state of New York has passed legislation granting both public and private employees time off from work to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection.  This leave will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued.  The bill will remain in effect until the end of 2022. For the full announcement, click here. For the complete contents of the bill, click here. Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax advice. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific legal or tax advice.
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2021 Super Bowl Commercials

Congratulations to the creative minds and production pros behind this year's crop of incredible Super Bowl ads! Producing this year required some extra behind-the-scenes effort and we could not be prouder of those we partnered with by paying their talent & crew, and tackling complex talent business affairs, celebrity engagement and music licensing challenges. Thanks to all for kicking off 2021 with such tremendous work! Mars Wrigley & BBDO New York: M&MsPepsiCo & TBWAChiatDay: Mtn DewFRITO LAY & Goodby Silverstein & Partners: CheetosFRITO LAY & Goodby Silverstein & Partners: DoritosThe Martin Agency: DoorDashSquarespaceMarcus Thomas LLC: DexcomVaynerMedia: ScottsMiracle-GroQuicken Loans: Rocket MortgageMcCann Worldgroup & Arts & Sciences: VerizonGoodby Silverstein & Partners: Sam AdamsGoodby Silverstein & Partners: Rockstar Energy And in case you missed any spots during the game, watch all the ads…
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2021 Increase in Colorado General Minimum Wage Rate

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the minimum wage rate for most employees in Colorado is $12.32 per hour. Wages are defined as the entire amount of compensation an employee receives for his or her labor or services. This includes bonuses, commissions, paid sick leave (if paid under the Colorado Health Families and Workplaces Act) and vacation pay, but does not include severance pay. With limited exceptions and exemptions, state minimum wage rate generally applies to employees. State law defines “employee” as any person who performs labor or services for the benefit of an employer, including any migratory laborer. In Colorado, minimum wage is governed by both the Colorado Wage Act (CWA) and rules issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). Employers subject to the CWA must display…
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