IMPORTANT: The American Rescue Plan Act Creates COBRA Subsidies and New Notice Requirements Starting April 1st

2021-04-05T12:23:50-04:00March 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

As part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”), certain COBRA eligible individuals are eligible for temporary premium subsidies April 1 to September 30, 2021. These subsidies will cover 100 percent of the premium for [...]

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

2021-03-30T12:36:02-04:00March 29th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

A bill to move the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31 won approval in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The final vote to approve the PPP Extension Act of 2021, H.R. [...]

Legislative Update: American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

2021-03-17T16:41:01-04:00March 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that [...]

DOL Clarifies One-Year Limitation on COVID-19 Deadline Extensions: New Notices May Be Required

2021-03-01T12:55:38-05:00March 1st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. In coordination with other agencies, the DOL [...]

COVID-19: Coping with Pandemic Fatigue

2021-02-18T09:29:03-05:00February 18th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Wellness|

Over these past months, you may have found yourself thinking or saying, “I am so over this pandemic.” If you have, your feelings, thoughts, and stretched-to-the-limit tolerance level are understandably normal. Understanding COVID Fatigue Although COVID or pandemic fatigue [...]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Approve Waiving Businesses’ Taxes On COVID-19 Aid

2021-02-17T10:25:09-05:00February 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs, WIsconsin News|

Thousands of businesses across Wisconsin wouldn't be taxed for coronavirus aid under a plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers. Under the bill, Wisconsin businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans last year as part of federal coronavirus relief wouldn't have to pay [...]

Water is Drinkable PPE: Are You Protecting Your Workers from the Inside Out?

2021-02-11T13:36:16-05:00February 11th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

This piece was published in Occupational Health and Safety and we wanted to share it with you. Hard hats, harnesses, face shields, goggles, hearing protection, respiratory gear—you make all the right moves when it comes to protecting your employees [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Paid Leave

2021-01-21T12:01:36-05:00January 21st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Paid time off (PTO) is one of the employee benefits that employees value most. The pandemic, however, upset many employees’ PTO plans due to travel restrictions and the cancellation of trips and family gatherings. It has also raised numerous [...]

SBA Extends EIDL Loan Application Deadline Through End of 2021

2021-01-11T12:06:56-05:00January 8th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The Small Business Administration (SBA)has announced the extension of the deadline for businesses to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to December 31, 2021. The new deadline extension for the second round of EIDL funding comes after the [...]

IRS Acknowledges Congressional Reversal on Deducting Eligible PPP Expenses

2021-01-07T18:14:20-05:00January 6th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program|

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service will allow businesses that got their Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven to write off expenses paid for with that money, shifting policy after Congress passed new legislation last month. IRS guidance issued on Wednesday overrides [...]

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