COBRA

Clarification of IRS Notice 221-31 and COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

On Tuesday May 19, IRS released Notice 2021-31.  This notice provides a series of questions and answers to address many issues that have arisen with respect to COBRA premium assistance available for COBRA continuation coverage under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Generally, the questions and answers apply for purposes of all COBRA continuation coverage…
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IRS Releases 2022 HSA Contribution Amounts and Excepted Benefit HRA Maximum Benefits

The IRS recently issued new 2022 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSA), which represent the total amount of tax-advantaged dollars that participants can deposit into these accounts. Likewise, the IRS also issued new limits for high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to indicate the total amount individuals and families can expect to spend out-of-pocket on health…
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COBRA

ARPA COBRA Subsidy – When is a Termination of Employment Involuntary?

Content reposted with permission from: The National Law Review and Paul M. Hamburger, co-chair of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group and head of the Washington, DC law office of Proskauer. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), includes a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for periods of coverage occurring between April 1 and…
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Winter’s Coming: Managing COVID-19

There have been a variety of changes as we continue to understand and gauge the impact and spread of Coronavirus. We want to post updated information and urge you to pause at this time, assess your policies and practices, determine if there are changes to be made based on what has been working well and…
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IRS Releases 2021 Contribution Limits for FSA and Commuter Accounts

The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45 announcing contribution limits for 2021. There are no changes to flexible spending account (FSA) and commuter benefits contribution limits for 2021. Medical FSA Contribution amounts will remain $2,750 and Dependent Care (married filing jointly) will remain at $5,000. Commuter monthly contribution amount for both parking and transit will…
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3 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Interviewing Potential Employees

Our VP of Human Resources, Rebecca Dioso contributed to the following article: 3 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Interviewing Potential Employees Always look for people who have read your entire website and have a genuine interest in your industry and company. by Diane Faulkner October 02, 2020 There are a few things you need…
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IRS Releases Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral

On August 8th, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the Secretary of the Treasury to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations. In response to this executive action, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued guidance (Notice 2020-65) concerning the payroll tax deferral (commonly referred to as a…
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Kids Returning to School Raises Questions

With the continued rise in coronavirus cases and uncertainty regarding whether and in what manner schools will reopen in the fall, attorneys Rita Kanno and Diane Waters of Lewis Brisbois, in San Diego and Dallas, respectively, believe it is critical for employers to understand the evolving leave entitlements under federal, state and local law. Some…
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Department of Labor (DOL) Releases Revised FMLA Forms

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released new and significantly revised versions of its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The new forms are now currently in effect and can be found on the DOL’s website. We have added the forms below for…
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How Should You Handle Employees Personal Travel?

Recently, we’ve received many inquiries related to employee personal travel and COVID. We have reached out to legal counsel and are providing some insight for your use, if you choose. We spoke to the team at Dinsmore and Shohl LLP: You can generally have a Company policy requiring precautions be taken after non-essential work travel…
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