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DOL Launches FFCRA Leave Tool, SCOTUS Rules on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

June 29 , 2020

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DOL Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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PCORI Fee Updated for 7/31 Deadline, New Rules for Direct Primary Care and HRAs

June 12 , 2020

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Trump Signs Bill Amending Paycheck Protection Program

June 05 , 2020

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IRS Issues Guidance on Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Changes and Leftover FSA Funds

May 13 , 2020

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New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

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 designed to allow employers to respond to changes in employee needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance relates to mid-year elections for self-insured and fully insured employer-sponsored health coverage, health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

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EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19

May 07 , 2020

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Agencies Release Guidance for Group Plans & Participants on Deadline Extensions, Including COBRA Payments and Elections

May 01 , 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (Departments) issued deadline relief to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and plan service providers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown

April 23 , 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. There has been some light at the end of the tunnel recently with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/White House issuing “Opening Up America Again Guidelines," as well as the CDC issuing further guidance for protecting workers when reopening.

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FFCRA FAQS and Sample Forms

April 09 , 2020

We have continued to see more and more FAQs related to the EPSLA and EFMLEA being released by the DOL to assist employers, along with 66 (and growing) FAQs released by the IRS related to claiming the payroll tax credit for providing leave. To help you sift through this information, we’re sharing some of the most common FAQs we have received over the past two weeks. In addition, we’re resending our EPSLA/EFMLEA decision flowchart and including some sample forms that employers can use for documenting leave requests and designations — sample EFMLEA Request Form, EFMLEA Notice of Leave Designation, EPSLA Request Form and EPSLA Notice of Leave Designation.

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Paid Leave and Tax Credit Update, CARES Act Adds Employee Benefit Mandates

April 03 , 2020

DOL Posts Regulations, Additional FAQs on Paid Leave Under FFCRA

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has posted more FAQs regarding paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new regulations and FAQs offer important new details and clarifications. In addition, the DOL will post a recorded webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020 to provide employers and employees a more in-depth description and help them learn more about the FFCRA. To view the webinar, visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

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DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Paid Leave Under FFCRA

March 27 , 2020

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a second round of guidance related to paid sick leave and emergency FMLA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). It also issued the required employee rights notice that employers will need to post along with FAQs related to the notice.

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