Employee Benefits

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 [...]

Furlough, Lay-Off, Reduction in Force: What Does It All Mean?

2020-03-26T15:38:48-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of jobs are being lost to shelter-in-place orders and lack of customers. People have been hearing the terms furlough, lay-off, and reduction in force far more than usual given these uncertain [...]

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. [...]

Telehealth: Easy Alternative to Doctor Office Visits

2020-03-17T08:42:20-04:00March 17th, 2020|Employee Benefits|

The coronavirus pandemic is entering a new stage of global spread. More than 125,000 people have been infected, and more than 4,500 have died across more than 100 countries where cases have been reported. The outbreak has generated a frenzy [...]

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 [...]

Important Information about How to Report 2019 Massachusetts PFML Wages

2020-01-23T08:54:04-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently released important information on how to report PFML Wages for the 4th Quarter 2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Return. The Department of Family and Medical Leave is providing this update for all employers participating in [...]