Connecticut Legislative Alert: Connecticut Expands Family and Medical Leave

2021-11-05T15:48:07-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Starting January 1, 2022, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA) will apply to all employers, requiring them to provide unpaid, job-protected leave to employees. Several other expansions of the law will also take effect at the [...]

Here is Why Finding a Primary Care Provider Is Critically Important for Your Health

2021-11-05T15:55:27-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Employee Benefits, Health Care, Wellness|

Studies show that 25 percent of Americans do not have a primary care provider, with many turning to retail clinics, urgent care centers or emergency rooms for nonemergency medical care. However, if an individual wants to stay healthy, many [...]

What You Need to Know About the No Surprises Act, Taking Effect on January 1, 2022

2021-11-05T15:58:30-04:00October 26th, 2021|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

What Is the No Surprises Act? The No Surprises Act provides patients with protection from surprise medical bills under certain circumstances. It also mandates transparency regarding healthcare costs and holds patients liable for in-network cost-sharing amounts only. Additionally, the [...]

CMS: Employer Plans Can’t Deny Benefits to the Unvaccinated, But Can Offer Premium Discounts

2021-10-05T09:46:10-04:00October 5th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Employer group health plans cannot deny benefits to customers who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine but can offer premium discounts to customers who decide to get the shot, new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [...]

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2021-10-04T16:23:09-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News|

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Declared in 1988 by the United States Congress (though its roots go back to 1945 when Congress urged employment for WWII servicemembers with disabilities), NDEAM is a good occasion for us [...]

Update on The White House Actions Regarding Vaccinations and More on September 9th

2021-09-16T13:46:40-04:00September 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Labor News, Legislative News|

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a “Path Out of the Pandemic,” indicating he will use regulatory powers and other actions to increase the number of vaccinated Americans. In short, the plan provides the following: Employers with [...]

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: How Do You Claim It?

2021-09-01T16:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Tax News|

Congress created the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in March 2020 to provide financial relief to small businesses during the pandemic. Here’s some key facts about the ERTC and how to benefit from it. What is the Employee Retention Tax Credit? [...]

Commonly Asked Question: Does enrolling in Medicare trigger an offer of COBRA?

2021-08-06T09:50:10-04:00July 29th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

The answer to this question is, NO, enrolling in Medicare does not cause COBRA to start. Under the federal rules, COBRA must be offered to persons enrolled in the employer’s health plan only if they lose coverage because of [...]

OSHA’s Updates Guidance for COVID-19 in the Workplace

2021-07-12T19:25:04-04:00July 12th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Safety Tips|

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out its COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10, 2021, it also issued its updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in non-healthcare workplaces. In its previous guidance, published January 2021, [...]

Mental Health: The Importance Of Understanding And Recognizing Issues At Work

2021-07-12T19:19:25-04:00July 9th, 2021|Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits, Wellness|

More than half of adults with mental illness do not receive treatment for their conditions, which means that for every person receiving help for conditions like anxiety or depression, there is another individual who is struggling with a condition they might [...]