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May HR News Worth Review

May 07 , 2021

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Maximum Out-of-Pocket Amounts Released for 2022, ACA Penalties Proposed

On May 5, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a second Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2022 that finalized the remainder of the standards included in the proposed notice issued at the end of 2020. The first final 2022 NBPP was published Jan. 19, 2021.

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Tags: Compliance


How to write a strategic human resources plan

April 15 , 2021

HR strategy

Success in business doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of hard work and careful planning. To achieve your business goals, your company needs a strong corporate strategy. It also needs a strategic human resource management plan.

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Tags: Compliance, Employee Benefits


April HR News Worth Review

April 01 , 2021

 HR-News-Blog

States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new laws and issued new regulations and guidance about employee leave taken for COVID-19 reasons. These provisions are in addition to the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, passed on March 18 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and it’s continued (voluntary) extension through September 2021. In general, employee leave permitted under new state COVID-19 rules and guidance varies with respect to factors like which employers and employees are covered by the leave, the length and purpose of the leave, whether the leave is compensated and at what rate, and whether the leave is provided under a new law or rule or covered under an existing provision.

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Tags: Compliance


FMLA guidelines for employers

March 25 , 2021

FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, gives eligible employees the legally protected right to take time off from work for certain family and medical reasons. This is a federal law that covered employers in the United States must comply with.

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Tags: Compliance


COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

March 18 , 2021

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Tags: Compliance


Congress Passes American Rescue Plan

March 10 , 2021

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The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has passed Congress and will head to President Joe Biden for a signature. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more. While some of the bill was changed during its time in the Senate, it’s largely similar to the initial version passed by the House. While there are many provisions in this nearly $2 trillion relief bill, it contains the following relief for employers and individuals:

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Tags: Compliance


March HR News Worth Review

March 03 , 2021

 HR-News-Blog

DOL Issues Clarifying Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans/COBRA

On Feb. 26, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 to provide guidance on the duration of the COVID-19-related relief regarding certain employee benefit plan deadlines during the Outbreak Period.

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Tags: Compliance


February HR News Worth Review

February 11 , 2021

 HR-News-Blog

Upcoming ACA Reporting Deadlines

Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting for the 2020 calendar year is due in early 2021. Specifically, reporting entities must:

  • File returns with the IRS by March 1, 2021, since Feb. 28, 2021, is a Sunday (or March 31, 2021, if filing electronically); and
  • Furnish statements to individuals by March 2, 2021.
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Tags: Compliance


January HR News Worth Review

January 11 , 2021

 HR-News-Blog

DOL Issues Final Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Status

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it. The final rule becomes effective March 8, 2021.

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Tags: Compliance


Breakdown of FSA and Paid Sick Leave Changes in the Stimulus Package

December 30 , 2020

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On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law. The Act provides temporary special rules for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that give employees additional time to use these funds, as well as the option for employers to continue to provide paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency FMLA leave (EFMLA) and receive tax credits for doing so.

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Tags: Compliance


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