Autumn has arrived. It’s the time of year when working parents have questions about Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). How do they manage their 2020 account to avoid forfeiting funds at year-end? And how should they make open enrollment choices for 2021 when it’s hard to predict their childcare needs during the pandemic? Employers and … Continue reading Dependent Care Spending Accounts
If you hadn’t engaged with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before the pandemic, you probably have by now. The ADA comes up a lot these days, both with respect to confidentiality of medical information (like employee temperatures) as well as with reasonable accommodation for those who are at high risk for a serious case … Continue reading Key Definitions to Help You Understand the ADA
It is estimated that insurers will return over a quarter billion dollars to employer groups this year. Employers that receive a rebate need to keep in mind that there are restrictions on how the money can be used.
With all the chaos of the coronavirus, you may be thinking who has time to redo a handbook?
New FFCRA Guidance in Temporary Rule and FAQs The DOL has released rules related to administration of leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and answered more common questions on their Questions and Answers page. Below are some key highlights to keep in mind when administering these leaves. We also recommend reading our … Continue reading FFCRA: New Rule and Guidance from the DOL and IRS
Michigan has made several significant employment-related changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Protected COVID-19 Leave First, employers in Michigan are prohibited from discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against an employee for taking time off work for any of the following reasons: The employee tested positive for COVID-19; They have a fever, atypical cough, or … Continue reading Michigan COVID-19 Law Update
Earlier this week, the Departments of Labor and Treasury released an emergency final regulation regarding the COBRA-election period during the dates of the COVID-19 national emergency. The emergency rule took effect immediately and can be applied retroactively to March 1, 2020. The emergency rule allows more flexibility for: Initial COBRA election period Deadline for premium … Continue reading Federal Agencies Release COBRA Emergency Final Rules
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created new and unique challenges for employers, their workers, and their businesses. Group health plans and other employee benefit plans are one area of concern during these times. Here are some of the most-frequently asked questions we receive about COVID-19 and benefit plans: Do all medical plans cover COVID-19 testing? … Continue reading COVID-19 and Employee Benefits Plans
Deciding which employees to return to the workplace following a furlough or temporary layoff, and in what order you’ll call them back, will require an individualized analysis for each organization. For those who aren’t sure where to start, we provide this as a starting point. Company Needs First, think about overall operations in the future. … Continue reading Deciding Who to Recall from Furlough or Layoff: A Quick Start Guide