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Tips and Resources for Employers During COVID-19

As we begin to enter month 5 of COVID work-place implications, we thought it would be helpful to pass along some new info and guidance that has been published and curated. If you watch any national news, there is extraordinary dialogue taking place about re-opening schools. From everything we are seeing, there is a very…
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Be Aware, Payroll Fraud is on the Rise

Payroll fraud is on the rise, especially direct deposit scams. Fraudsters are now targeting organization’s HR departments posing as employees in hopes of persuading HR to change the direct deposit bank information to one that is under new control. In most cases, HR and the employee do not realize a fraud has taken place until…
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Michigan Return to Work Recommendations

The Governor of Michigan has begun releasing geographic areas of the state to resume “normal” operations.  This Executive Order, 2020-114 can be found HERE along with all other official Executive Orders.  There are a lot of steps and requirements for those companies resuming operations.  Note that, employers MUST create a written control response plan before…
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IRS and DOL Issues Extension of Timelines for COBRA

In response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, the IRS and DOL has issued extensions of timelines affecting COBRA coverage.

New I-9 Policy Due to COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy to allow employers to accept expired List B documents when completing the Form I-9 beginning May 1.

EEOC Won’t Collect Employer EEO-1 Data in 2020 Due to Coronavirus

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it will delay until March 2021 the collection of EEO-1 Component 1 information

Changes to FSA and HSA Eligible Items

The $2 trillion+ Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This bill included significant steps forward in helping consumers protect the health and well-being of their families by reducing unnecessary trips to the doctor during this time of increased demand and creating even more value for the…
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CARES Act and Reimbursement Accounts

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It is a massive bill of over 880 pages intended to help Americans during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It includes a number of provisions that affect your employee benefits plans. We’ve outlined a few of the highlights below. Participants…
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Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) Updates

We would like to continue to pass along useful information to you as it relates to the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. The regulations that are coming out continue to evolve at a furious pace. Department of Labor (DOL) Updates First, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a few items in the last 72…
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IRS Extends HSA Contribution Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service published a series of questions and answers relating to the delay of the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 as provided in IRS Notice 2020-18.  With regard to contributions to an HSA, the IRS stated the following: “Contributions may be made to your HSA or Archer…
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