Masks, Vaccinations, and Navigating a Compliance Minefield

Masks, Vaccinations, and Navigating a Compliance Minefield

Now that COVID vaccinations are widely available and the CDC has relaxed mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, many employers are struggling to navigate what sometimes appear to be contradictory messages on masks and vaccinations. Following are examples of...
REMINDER:  PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2021

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2021

REMINDER:  PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2021Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2021 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes...
DOL Issues Guidance and Forms on COBRA Subsidy

DOL Issues Guidance and Forms on COBRA Subsidy

On April 7th, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the much-awaited guidance on Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium assistance available from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  The...
SBA Increases EIDL Lending Limit to $500K and Extends Deferment

SBA Increases EIDL Lending Limit to $500K and Extends Deferment

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan...
Employment Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

Employment Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11th, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) into law. The new law includes a wide range of provisions touching on nearly every aspect of the economy. Some proposed provisions, such as increasing the federal minimum wage were eliminated from...
COVID-19 Bill to Provide Subsidized COBRA Coverage

COVID-19 Bill to Provide Subsidized COBRA Coverage

The latest COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is expected to pass the House and be signed into law this week. This latest bill is lighter on provisions that directly impact employers than previous bills, with at least one notable exception.Under...
OSHA Issues Stronger Workplace Guidance on Coronavirus

OSHA Issues Stronger Workplace Guidance on Coronavirus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued stronger worker safety guidance to help employers implement a coronavirus prevention program and better identify risks which could lead to exposure and contraction of the disease.“Protecting Workers:...