FFCRA: New Rule and Guidance from the DOL and IRS

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 COVID-19 Law Update

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

Federal Agencies Release COBRA Emergency Final Rules

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

COVID-19 and Employee Benefits Plans

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

Overview of Unemployment Benefits Changes Under the CARES Act

The CARES Act became law on March 27, 2020, and is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package designed to support individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Act is important because it provides federal dollars at this time of crisis to state unemployment insurance benefit (UI) programs and to individuals who would not … Continue reading Overview of Unemployment Benefits Changes Under the CARES Act

DOL Relaxes In-Person I-9 Inspection Requirements

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that effective immediately, the physical presence requirement has been temporarily suspended for employers and workplaces that are operating remotely due to COVID-19 related precautions.