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Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferrals, FFCRA and Schools, Creditable Coverage Notices and 2021 Open Enrollment

September 04 , 2020

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IRS Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferment

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from wages earned between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

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FFCRA Partially Vacated, President Orders Payroll Tax Deferral

August 11 , 2020

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NY Federal Court Partially Vacates FFCRA Leave Regulations

In a case brought by the New York attorney general, a New York federal district court has vacated portions of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

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DOL and IRS Issue Additional COVID Leave Guidance, FMLA Forms Updated

July 21 , 2020

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DOL Publishes Additional COVID Guidance; IRS Issues Guidance on FFCRA Leave and W-2 Reporting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has published additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how the requirements and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) impact the workplace as America continues to reopen. The new guidance provides plain-language questions and answers addressing critical issues under all three laws.

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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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