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Congress Passes Stimulus and Spending Package – How it Affects Your Business and Employees

December 22 , 2020

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On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. The bill, which was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government open for the fiscal year, has been sent to President Donald Trump, and he is expected to sign it into law.

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EEOC Issues FAQs on Mandatory Vaccinations

December 18 , 2020

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With a COVID-19 vaccine finally available in the U.S., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added nine new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to its existing guidance on how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other fair employment laws while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new FAQs address mandatory workplace vaccination programs and the restrictions that federal fair employment laws place on them. In general, employers may require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as long as they provide reasonable accommodations for employees who refuse to take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. 

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December HR News Worth Review

December 04 , 2020

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CDC Announces Shorter Quarantine Guidelines After a COVID-19 Exposure

During a recent media briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an update to quarantine guidelines, offering options for shorter quarantine periods.

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November HR News Worth Review

November 06 , 2020

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Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2021

Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically updated for inflation by the IRS. The following commonly offered employee benefits are subject to these limits:

  • High deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs);
  • Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs);
  • 401(k) plans; and
  • Transportation fringe benefit plans.
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Furnishing of ACA Forms Delayed, Proposed Changes to 1099 Independent Contractor Classification

October 13 , 2020

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IRS Provides Transition Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting

On Oct. 2, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-76 to:

  • Extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2020 from Feb. 1, 2021, to March 2, 2021;
  • Provide a final extension of good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2020 information reporting under Sections 6055 and 6056; and
  • Provide additional penalty relief related to furnishing 2020 forms to individuals under Section 6055. Under this relief, employers will only have to provide Form 1095-B to covered individuals upon request.
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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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