Employee Benefits Legislation

Treasury Department and SBA Release PPP Forgiveness Application Form

2020-05-19T10:05:21-04:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) just released the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application.  The accompanying instructions and worksheets are very helpful in explaining how employers who borrowed PPP money can obtain forgiveness [...]

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

2020-05-18T11:12:57-04:00May 18th, 2020|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit Flexible spending accounts are about to get more flexible for people who have seen their household budgets upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. Account holders will [...]

New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

2020-05-18T09:34:34-04:00May 18th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Guidance Applies to Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage, Health FSAs and DCAPs On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020. The changes are [...]

DOL To Employers: Do Not Retaliate Against Workers Reporting Unsafe Conditions During COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-04-09T08:25:45-04:00April 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

During this unprecedented time, many questions have been brought to our attention. One of which involves employer retaliation against workers who feel their work environment might feel unsafe to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S Department of Labor's [...]

The Latest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidelines Issued on COVID-19

2020-04-01T11:52:37-04:00April 1st, 2020|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently hosted a webinar in which the agency answered questions about the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII to COVID-19-related employment actions. The EEOC updated its previously published [...]

Legislative Update: COVID-19: Self-Funded Impacts of Economic Stimulus Phase 3

2020-03-26T16:47:13-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

March 26, 2020: After several days of negotiations between Congress and the White House, the US Senate passed the third COVID-19 stimulus package on a 96-0 vote. The House indicated they would take up consideration by Friday. This third [...]

DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1

2020-03-26T15:20:24-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April - Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). [...]

DOL Releases Information on Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave

2020-03-25T13:42:32-04:00March 25th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

On Tuesday March 24th, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced its first round of published information for employees and employers to know how to use the protection and relief offer. According to The U.S. [...]

DOL Resources to Help Workers During COVID-19

2020-03-25T09:02:39-04:00March 25th, 2020|Employee Benefits Legislation, General Industry News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

A number of resources both employers and workers can use to combat issues presented by the COVID-19 crisis are being provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides several of [...]

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

2020-03-12T13:18:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Wellness|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks [...]