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    Employers May Have to Provide Paid Military Leave (Added 2/16)

    According to a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, paid military leave is required by USERRA if employers provide payment for comparable nonmilitary leaves.

    Workplace Technology Trends Q1 2021 (Added 2/13)

    New for 2021, this Workplace Technology Trends quarterly newsletter features how to support employee mental health and the latest learning and development trends

    HR Industry Insights Manufacturing Q1 2021 (Added 2/12)

    New for 2021, this HR Industry Insights quarterly newsletter highlights HR trends for the manufacturing industry. This edition explores recruiting during COVID-19 and addressing skill gaps by developing talent internally.

    The Biden Administration Tells Supreme Court to Uphold the Affordable Care Act (Added 2/11)

    Recently, the Biden administration told the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act. This News Brief explains further.

    DOL Proposes New Effective Date for Independent Contractor Rule (Added 2/9)

    On Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) proposed delaying the effective date for the Independent Contractor final rule from Mar. 8, 2021 to May 7, 2021. (Added 2/9)

    Virginia Legalizes Marijuana and Expands Employer Restrictions (Added 2/8)

    On Feb. 5, 2021, Virginia passed a new law that legalizes recreational marijuana and expands an existing provision that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their marijuana-related backgrounds. This Legal Update provides information about the new law. 

    Overview of the DOL’s January 2021 FLSA Opinion Letters (Added 2/5)

    During January 2021, the DOL issued nine opinion letters to clarify how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to various employment situations. Five letters address specific issues on how to apply existing FLSA exemption requirements to specific situations. Two letters address issues regarding adequate calculation and payment of employee tips. However, the DOL withdrew three of these letters because their publication was “premature.”

    IRS Provides Additional Codes for ICHRAs Under Section 6056 (Added 2/4)

    On Feb. 2, 2021, the IRS provided two additional codes from Code Series 1 that can be used on Form 1095-C, line 14, for reporting offers of individual coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) under Section 6056. This Legal Update provides an overview of the additional codes that are now available. 

    5 HR Technology Trends to Monitor in 2021 (added 1/28)

    HR technology can enhance the overall employee experience, transform businesses and help organizations respond to change. This article explores HR technology trends to watch for in 2021.

    President Biden Issues Executive Actions Addressing Health Care Access (added 1/28)

    President Joe Biden has signed two executive actions addressing health care access. This News Brief explains further.

    President Biden's Executive Order Enforces LBGTQ Protections from Discrimination (added 1/23)

    Within hours of his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring all federal agencies to ensure rules and regulations prohibit workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, expanding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.

    HHS Extends Transition Policy for Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans (added 1/23)

    On Jan. 19, 2021, HHS extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the ACA for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2022. This ACA Compliance Bulletin describes the extended transition policy, which applies to certain individual and small group policies.

    2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Partially Finalized (Updated 1/22)

    On Jan. 19, 2021, HHS published a Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 that finalized some of the standards included in the proposed notice issued at the end of 2020. The remaining provisions from the proposed notice, such as the updated cost-sharing limit and affordability exemption percentage, are expected to be finalized in a second notice that will be issued later in the year. This Legal Update provides a brief overview of the provisions that were finalized.

    The Impact of Rising Prescription Drug Costs (added 1/22)

    As prescription drug costs continue to increase, it’s important to understand the trends behind them and how to better manage your organization’s health care expenses. Learn more with this infographic.

    CAA Employee Benefits Provisions (added 1/21)

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, includes many provisions affecting employers, group health plan sponsors, health benefits brokers and health insurance issuers. This Compliance Overview summarizes the employee benefits provisions relating to tax-favored accounts, surprise medical billing, health care transparency and mental health parity. It also includes various tax provisions that may be of interest to employers.

    Prescription Drug Trends (added 1/18)

    This article examines prescription drug trends and what employers can do to help reduce their health care expenditures.

    IRS Issues Final Rule on Pay or Play and Nondiscrimination Rules for ICHRAs (Added 1/18)

    Since 2020, employers have been able to offer individual coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) to help employees pay for individual health insurance. On Jan. 13, 2021, the IRS issued a final rule to clarify the application of the pay or play rules and Section 105(h) nondiscrimination rules to ICHRAs. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the provisions in the final rule.

    5 Mental Health Employee Benefits Trends for 2021 (added 1/18)

    This article explores trends for employee mental health benefits and why safeguarding employees’ overall well-being has become fundamental in 2021.

    4 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2021 (added 1/18)

    Recruiting has never been simple, but it’s becoming even more difficult in this tight labor market. This HR Insights explores four trends that could help your efforts in 2021.

    DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2021 (Added 1/18)

    On Jan. 15, 2021, the Department of Labor published the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under various federal laws for 2021. The increased amounts apply to civil penalties that are assessed after Jan. 15, 2021. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the new penalty amounts.

    EEOC Issues Opinion Letter on ICHRAs and the ADEA (Added 1/14)

    On Jan. 7, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an opinion letter addressing employer contributions to Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) and compliance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). This Legal Update includes key points of the opinion letter.

    2021 Health Plan Compliance Deadlines (Added 1/14)

    Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans. This Compliance Overview explains key 2021 compliance deadlines for employer-sponsored group health plans. It also outlines group health plan notices that employers must provide annually.

    3 Employee Wellness Trends to Watch in 2021 (added 1/14)

    This article covers some of the wellness trends to look out for in 2021.

    5 Telehealth Trends to Watch in 2021 (Added 1/13)

    Employers should stay apprised of notable telehealth trends to ensure they stay competitive and provide the best health care options to their employees. This article discusses five telehealth trends to watch for in 2021.

    3 Voluntary Benefit Trends To Watch in 2021 (Added 1/3)

    Voluntary benefits have always been great tools for rounding off employee benefits offerings. These add-on perks allow for more personalization that can help satisfy the unique needs of each individual. This article outlines three voluntary benefits trends to watch for in 2021.

    The Impact of Employer Branding - Infographic (Added 1/13)

    A strong employer brand is critical to attracting ideal candidates and retaining top talent. Learn more about employer branding with this infographic.

    HHS Issues Proposed Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule (Added 1/12)

    On Dec. 10, 2020, HHS issued a proposed rule that would make certain changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. While many of the proposals primarily impact health care providers and their patients, a number of proposed provisions will also have an impact on employer-sponsored health plans. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the changes affecting employer-sponsored plans included in the proposed rule.

    DOL Issues New FAQs About FFCRA Leave Requirements (Added 1/10)

    On Dec. 31, 2020, the DOL issued two additional answers to questions in its series of Q&As on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new Q&As address employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave after Dec. 31, 2020, and their right to payment for FFCRA leave taken before Dec. 31, 2020. This Legal Update discusses the new Q&As.

     

    Proposed Rules Would Amend Requirements for Wellness Program Incentives (Added 1/10)

    On Jan. 7, 2021, the EEOC issued two proposed rules on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the proposed amendments to the wellness program rules

     

    5 Steps for Year-round Benefits Engagement (Added 1/8)

    Open enrollment is something employers probably only think about a few times a year. For employees, it might be even less often. This article offers five steps for providing employees with thoughtful, year-round benefits engagement.

     

    IRS Issues New FAQs on Tax Credits for FFCRA Leave (Added 2/1)

    On Jan. 29, 2021, the IRS updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on tax credits available to employers for providing paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The updates address the recent extension of tax credits to employers who choose to offer FFCRA leave through March 31, 2021

    5 HR Trends to Monitor in 2021 (Added 1/7)

    HR departments are given more and more responsibility each year, oftentimes with budgets that don’t match. This means HR teams must constantly seek ways to innovate and stay on top of trends if they want to compete in the marketplace, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, here are five HR trends to watch for in 2021.

     

    DOL Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status (Added 1/6)

    On Jan. 6, 2021, the 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. This Legal Update provides additional information about the final rule, which goes into effect on March 8, 2021

    Final Regulations Issued for Transportation Fringe Benefits (Added 12/30)

    On Dec. 16, 2020, the IRS and the Treasury Department published final regulations for qualified transportation fringe benefits and commuting expenses. The regulations follow changes to deductions in this area made by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This Legal Update discusses the final regulations.

    DOL Issues Guidance on Electronic Posting of Labor Law Notices (Added 12/30)

    On Dec. 29, 2020, the DOL issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-7, which addresses when the DOL will consider electronic posting by employers sufficient to provide employees with required notice of their statutory rights under a variety of federal labor laws. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the current posting requirements, and explains how electronic means of satisfying these requirements can be achieved.

    Upcoming ACA Reporting Deadline (Added 12/29)

    ACA reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2020 calendar year is due in early 2021. Although the IRS extended the deadline for furnishing statements to individuals for 2020, the deadline for filing returns with the IRS remains the same. This ACA Bulletin outlines the deadlines for ACA reporting for the 2020 calendar year.

    IRS Announces 2021 Standard Mileage Rates (added 12/28)

    On Dec. 22, 2020, the IRS issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

    DOL Amends Employee Tip Regulations (added 12/23)

    On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    DOL FAQs: Final Rule on Employee Tip Regulations Under the FLSA (added 12/23)

    On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. DOL announced a final rule revising its tipped employee regulations to address amendments made to section 3(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (CAA). This Compliance Bulletin provides the DOL's answers to FAQs about this new final rule.

    Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 (Added 12/17)

    On Dec. 4, 2020, HHS published its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022, which describes benefit and payment parameters under the ACA that would apply for the 2022 benefit year. 

    Your Wellness Matters - Cancer Infographic (Added 12/17)

    Educate your workforce on cancer, risk factors, and prevention through this handy infographic.

    Your Wellness Matters - Cancer Article (Added 12/17)

    Educate your workforce on cancer, risk factors, and prevention through this informative article. (added 12/17)

    Final Rule Provides Greater Flexibility for Grandfathered Plans

    On Dec. 11, 2020, the Departments announced a final rule that provides greater flexibility for grandfathered plans under the ACA. The final rule may allow additional plans to maintain their grandfather status, despite certain changes being made to the plan. This Legal Update provides an overview of the final rule. (Added 12/11)

    Benefits Education for Young Employees

    Employee benefits aren’t always simple. In fact, for many young employees, they’re downright confusing. This article outlines five ways employers can start informing young employees about their benefits right away. (Added 12/8)

    House Passes Federal Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

    On Dec. 4, 2020, the U.S. House voted to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. This Legal Update provides more information about the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. (Added 12/8)

    The Biden Administration and Health Care

    This Benefits Insights article explores the Biden administration's proposed COVID-19 response, general health care platform and top agenda items. (Added 12/3)

    Unused Transportation Benefit May Be Used as Parking Benefit

    The IRS has issued a letter saying that employees may apply unused commuter transit benefit amounts to parking benefits in certain circumstances. This Legal Update discusses the IRS letter. (Added 12/2)

    Driving HR Efficiencies With Technology

    improving workplace efficiency is about helping employees work smarter, not harder. This article discusses how HR departments can improve efficiencies through process improvements and technology that can help shift their focus from administrative tasks to high-impact tasks—like strategy, employee engagement and change management. (Added 12/1)

    PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2021

    The IRS published Notice 2020-84, which provides the adjusted PCORI fee amount for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and before Oct. 1, 2021. This Legal Update provides an overview of the IRS' guidance. (Added 12/1)

    Federal Court Certifies $150 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Involving ACA Insurance Policies (Added 2/11)

    Recently, a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, certified a nationwide class-action lawsuit seeking damages of more than $150 million involving ACA insurance policies. This News Brief explains further.

    CDC Provides Guidance on Consent Elements and Disclosures for Workplace COVID (2/17)

    CDC Issues Operational Strategy for Reopening Schools (2/17)

    CDC Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Vaccinated Individuals (2/15)

    CDC Guidance for Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Programs (2/15)

    Preparing HR for Future Health Crises (2/12)

    CDC Says Double-masking Offers Additional Protection Against COVID-19 (2/10)

    CDC Urges Public to Avoid Travel (2/8)

    Get to Know Your EAP - Infographic (2/4)

    NY Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave (2/4)

    Communicating With Employees About COVID-19 Vaccines (2/3)

    CDC Recommendations for At-Home COVID-19 Testing (2/1)

    IRS Issues New FAQs on Tax Credits for FFCRA Leave (2/1)

    CDC Study Supports Reopening of Schools With Proper Precautions (1/28)

    Exchange Special Enrollment Provided Due to COVID (1/29)

    Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - Sample Language (1/25)

    Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - Sample Language (1/25)

    Biden Extends Eviction Moratorium and Student Loan Forbearance (1/25)

    Essential Worker FAQs for Employers (1/26)

    Employer Overview of the COVID-19 Vaccines (1/23)

    CAA Employee Benefits Provisions (1/22)

    Don't Let Poor Employee Health Cost You - Infographic (1/14)

    COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit - Health Insurance Issuers and Medicare Advantage Plans (1/14)

    Paycheck Protection Program Portal Reopens For Second Round of Loans (1/14)

    Comparing the Two Major COVID-19 Stimulus Packages - Infographic (1/4)

    COVID-19 Vaccine - What You Need To Know (12/31)

    DOL to Accept Telemedicine as In-person Visit for FMLA Purposes (12/29)

    Stimulus Bill Includes Temporary Special Rules for Health and Dependent Care FSAs (12/28)

    Stimulus Bill Includes Ban on Surprise Medical Bills (12/28)

    Stimulus Bill Extends FFCRA Tax Credits but Not Leave Mandate (12/28)

    Infographic - Remote Employee Well-being (12/23)

    Health Plans Must Cover COVID-19 Vaccine Without Cost Sharing (12/23)

    Understanding the $900B Stimulus Package

    EEOC Issues FAQs on Mandatory Vaccinations for COVID-19 (12/18)

    EEOC Addresses Mandatory Vaccinations in Updated Guidance on COVID-19 and the ADA (12/18)

    IRS Updates FAQs on FFCRA Tax Credits (12/17)

    Overcoming Loneliness and Disappointment During This Holiday Season (12/15)

    Supporting Employees During A Potentially Lonely Holiday Season (12/14)

    Forging Stronger Virtual Connections Among Employees (12/7)

    CDC Warns Americans Not to Travel to Mexico (12/2)

    CDC Announces Shorter Quarantine Guidelines After a COVID-19 Exposure (12/1)

    Riskiest Workplace Activities During COVID-19 (11/28)

    Encouraging Employees to Use Telehealth Services (11/26)

    Virtual Workplace Holiday Parties (11/25)

    Signs You May Need to Replace Your Cloth Face Mask (11/24)

    CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Thanksgiving Celebrations (11/18)

    Staying Connected While Working From Home - Infographic (11/17)

    Preventing Cyber Attacks on Remote Employees (11/16)

    CDC Says Masks Protect Wearer From COVID-19 (11/15)

    CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Thanksgiving Celebrations (11/12)

    News Brief - Early Data Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective (11/10)

    Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Requirements (11/10)

    Celebrating Holidays Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic (11/9)

    5 Ways to Manage Poor Workplace Performance Among Remote Workers (11/5)

    Supporting Employees’ Financial Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic (11/5)

    Combating Eye Strain From Remote Work (10/28)

    Social Connectivity in the Time of COVID 19 - Infographic (10/28)

    Staying Connected While Working from Home (10/27)

    Staying Safe During Flu Season (10/23)

    Last-minute Open Enrollment Considerations (10/23)

    How the 2020 Election Could Affect Health Care (10/22)

    Conducting Performance Reviews With Remote Employees (10/21)

    CDC Redefines Close Contact (10/19)

    CDC Officially Endorses Masks on Public Transit (10/19)

    Stay Safe With Hand Hygiene - Infographic (10/18)

    Social Connectivity in the Time of COVID-19 (10/16)

    SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness (10/16)

    COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Be Recommended for Children, Initially (10/14)

    CDC Director Warns That Small Gatherings May Be Causing New COVID-19 Cases (10/14)

    Your Wellness Matters - Flu Prevention (10/12)

    Your Wellness Matters - Flu Infographic (10/12)

    SBA Announces Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Smaller Loans (10/11)

    Preventing Remote Work Time Theft (10/10)

    Methods for Supporting Working Parents (10/9)

    HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (10/9)

    Adjusting Paid Leave Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic (10/8)

    Work From Anywhere - Pros and Cons (10/7)

    California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under the CFRA (10/6)

    President Trump Issues Health Care Plan in an Executive Order (10/5)

    Preparing for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic (10/5)

    Navigating Flu Season During the COVID19 Pandemic - Infographic (10/5)

    IRS Provides Transition Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting (10/4)

    HR Insights - Employee Voting Initiatives (10/3)

    Easing Employee Stress Surrounding Benefits During Uncertain Times (10/3)

    Dependent Coverage Rules - Reminders for Employers (10/3)

    Conducting a Remote Termination (10/2)

    Arizona Announces $12.15 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021 (10/2)

    IRS Issues Guidance on the SECURE Act (10/1)

    NYC Changes Paid Sick Leave Law (10/1)

    Preventing Gossip In The Workplace During A Crisis (9/29)

    Time Tracking in the Time of COVID-19 (9/28)

    States Update Leave Rules in Response to Coronavirus (9/26)

    DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test (9/26)

    Combating Pandemic Fatigue - Infographic (9/25)

    DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test (9/24)

    LWWW - Combating Pandemic Fatigue (9/22)

    LWWW - CDC Considerations for Wearing Masks and Face Coverings (9/22)

    California Authorizes Stop-Work Orders and Requires Worker Exposure Notices (9/19)

    Substance Abuse and the COVID-19 Pandemic - Infographic (9/19)

    DOL Updates Q&As on FFCRA (9/18)

    Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Nov. 19 (9/17)

    California Extends Workers' Comp Presumption for COVID-19 (9/17)

    LWWW - Talking to Children About Returning to School During the Pandemic (9/16)

    COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations for Employers (9/15)

    Keeping Your Household Safe as Children Return to School (9/15)

    DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations In Response to Court Decision (9/14)

    Substance Abuse and the COVID-19 Pandemic (9/12)

    Managing In Times of Social Unrest (9/10)

    Upholding An Employer's Reputation With Safety Initiatives During the COVID-19 Pandemic (9/8)

    CDC Releases Guidance on Handling COVID-19 Policy Disputes With Customers (9/6)

    Fauci Predicts Safe and Effective Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Possible by the End of Year (9/5)

    DOL FAQs on FFCRA Leave (9/3)

    Effective Management During Layoffs (9/2)

    DOL Issues FAQs on FFCRA Leave and Return to School (9/2)

    Managing Employees With Survivor’s Guilt in the Workplace (9/1)

    CDC Updates Guidance for Quarantine After An Exposure to COVID-19 (8/29)

    DOL Issues Guidance on Tracking Hours of Work for Remote Employees (8/27)

    Unemployment Scams (8/26)

    Planning for Open Enrollment Checklist (8/25)

    Live Well Work Well Newsletter - September (8/24)

    HR Brief - September 2020 (8/22)

    CDC Director Warns of Worst Fall for Public Health if COVID-19 Measures Arent Followed (8/20)

    Benefits Buzz -Sept 2020 (8/20)

    IRS FAQs on COVID-19 Leave-Sharing Plans (8/19)

    Employer Guidance for Common Return-to-Work Concerns (8/17)

    DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay (8/16)

    President Trump Signs Executive Orders on Pandemic Relief (8/15)

    President Trump Orders Payroll Tax Deferment (8/13)

    2021 Benefits Planning and COVID-19 (8/12)

    Trump Signs Executive Order Permanently Expanding Telehealth Benefits (8/11)

    Annual Open Enrollment Checklist (8/10)

    Cleaning and Disinfection for Households Amid COVID-19 (8/9)

    MA Releases Final Amendments to PFML Regulations (8/8)

    Preparing for an Unprecedented Open Enrollment Period (8/7)

    New York Court Strikes Down Some FFCRA Leave Regulations (8/7)

    How Social Distancing is Impacting Workplace Culture (8/5)

    Supporting Employees Caregiving Responsibilities Post-coronavirus (8/4)

    Virtual Open Enrollment Fairs (8/3)

    Using Antibody Tests for COVID-19 (8/2)

    Rethinking Remote Work Perks (8/1)

    Bridging the Gap Between Remote and Onsite Employees (7/29)

    The Importance of Cloth Face Coverings (7/27)

    Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended (7/26)

    Encouraging Employees to Take PTO During the COVID-19 Pandemic (7/26)

    Quarantining When Exposed to COVID-19 (7/25)

    Participating In Virtual Career Fairs (7/24)

    The Importance of Cloth Face Coverings (7/24)

    States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus (7/22)

    DOL Issues RFI on Paid Family and Medical Leave (7/20)

    DOL Releases More Q&As on Workplace Laws and Coronavirus (7/18)

    DOL Seeks Public Input on FMLA Regulations (7/17)

    HR Brief - Preparing For a Second Wave of COVID-19 (7/14)

    DOL Issues Revised FMLA Forms (7/12)

    Five Ways COVID-19 Is Reshaping HR (7/11)

    Flexible Benefits and Counteroffers (7/10)

    IRS: Employers Must Report Pay for FFCRA Leave on W-2 (7/7)

    Post-coronavirus Return-to-Work Plans and EAPs (7/6)

    Managing Grieving Employees (7/1)

    Addressing Bias In The Workplace (7/1)

    Total Rewards Thru The Lens of COVID-19 (7/1)

    Engaging Remote Employees With Learning (7/1)

    Application For Small Business Loans Extended (7/1)

    Determining Whether School is "In Session" During Coronavirus (6/30)

    Corporate Social Responsibility and Recruiting (6/30)

    EEOC Expands COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance (6/29)

    IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Transportation Fringe Benefits (6/28)

    IRS Issues Guidance on Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 (6/28)

    Workers' Compensation Changes for COVID-19 (6/27)

    Federal Agencies Issue More FAQs on COVID-19 Changes for Health Plans (6/27)

    Leveraging Benefits in Post-coronavirus Compensation (6/26)

    States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus (6/25)

    Determining Whether a COVID-19 Case Is Work-Related (6/24)

    President Trump Suspends Entry of Certain Foreign Workers (6/24)

    DOL Proposes Updates to Mental Health Parity Self-compliance Tool - 6/23

    DOL Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility - 6/22

    DOL Issues Five New FLSA Opinion Letters - 6/21

    DOL Issues Guidance on FFCRA Leave for Summer Camp Closures - 6/21

    OSHA Guidance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses - 6/20

    SBA Releases Streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Form - 6/18

    IRS Proposes Rules for Direct Primary Care and Other Plans - 6/17

    Protecting Your Employer Brand During COVID-19 - 6/16

    States Update Leave Rules in Response to Coronavirus - 6/15

    HR Brief - July 2030 - 6/14

    EEOC Issues Guidance on Agency-Led Charges and Investigations - 6/13

    Reducing Employees’ Stress Through Voluntary Benefits - 6/13

    OSHA FAQs - Face Masks and Respirators in the Workplace_JPGG - 6/12

    EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA - 6/11

    Fostering Inclusivity in a Post-Coronavirus Workplace - 6/10

    Reference-based Pricing and COVID-19 - 6/9

    Post-coronavirus Office Checklist - 6/9

    Managing Employees Who Struggle in the Remote Environment - 6/8

    PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2020 - 6/7

    When You Can be Around Others After You've Had COVID - Infographic - 6/7

    Improving Virtual Meetings - 6/6

    Congress Passes Bill Amending Paycheck Protection Program - 6/5

    SBA Issues Two Additional Interim Final Rules - 6/5

    Ghosting in the Workplace - 6/4

    Boosting Self-motivation for Remote Employees - 6/4

    Your Wellness Matters Article - Mental Health - 6/3

    Recruiting Post-Coronavirus - 6/2

    Premium Credits Related to COVID 19 ERISA Fiduciary Rules 5/31

    States Update Leave Rules in Response to Coronavirus (5/28)

    Meditate to Boost Mental Health (5/28)

    Managing the Mental Health of Returning Employees - 5/28

    Post-Coronavirus Remote Work Planning Checklist - 5/31

    Common Employment Practices Claims Arising Out of COVID (5/27)

    Reopening Workplaces During COVID-19 (5/26)

    Handling the Influx of Remote Work Requests (5/25)

    Work-life Balance Post Coronavirus (5/24)

    SBA Unveils PPP Forgiveness Application (5/24)

    DOL Revises the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method (5/23)

    Accommodating At-risk Employees Amid COVID-19 (5/23)

    HSA HDHP Limits Increase for 2021 (5/21)

    Return to Work Communications Planning Checklist (5/20)

    Establishing Company Culture in the Remote Workplace (5/20)

    Dealing with COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety (5/19)

    COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules (5/19)

    Chronic Conditions and the COVID-19 Pandemic (5/18)

    Conducting Remote Layoffs (5/17)

    Pre-Employment Screening Amid COVID-19 (5/17)

    Business Travel After COVID-19 (5/16)

    COVID-19s Impact On Health Savings Accounts (5/16)

    Reopening Decision Tree - General Workplaces (5/15)

    IRS Provides More Options For Unused Funds in Health FSA and DCAPs (5/15)

    EEOC Delays EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 Reports Until 2021 (5/14)

    Employee Leave-Sharing Programs and the Coronavirus (5/14)

    New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules (5/13)

    What to Do After Receiving a PPP Loan (5/12)

    PPP Guidance for Employees Refusing to Return to Work (5/12)

    Responding to a Positive COVID-19 Test Checklist (5/12)

    Post-coronavirus Workplace Preparedness Checklist (5/11)

    Return to Work Action Plan Discussion Guide (5/10)

    EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA (5/9)

    Return to Work Updating the Office - Poster (5/8)

    Post-coronavirus Return to Work Cleaning Checklist (5/8)

    CARES Act Allows Tax-free Student Loan Assistance (5/8)

    Dependent Care Benefits and COVID 19 Outbreak (5/7)

    HR Insights - Managing Your Post-coronavirus Reputation (5/6)

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    Employers Guide To Managing Remote Employees (3/30)

    Safe Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus Outbreak (3/30)

    EFMLA Expansion Leave Request Form (3/30)

    US Senate CARES Act (3/26)

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    Engaging Remote Workers During COVID-19 (3/25)

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    FFCRA DOL Posters - Federal (3/26)

    Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs (3/26)

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    DOL Outlines FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements (3/25)

    FFCRA Questions and Answers (3/25)

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    Mitigation Strategies For Communities With Transmission (3/21)

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    Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law (3/19)

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    Health Plans Must Provide Free Coronavirus Testing (3/19)

    FAQs on Essential Health Benefits and Coronavirus (3/16)

    DOL FAQs: Fair Labor Standards Act and Coronavirus (3/16)

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    Trump Green Lights States to Reopen May 1st, If They Want (4/19)

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