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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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Layoff or Temporary Furlough Guidance

Based on the executive order issued by Governor Whitmer on Monday, March 25, 2020 there are specifications and considerations for your Company.  Some of these considerations have already been discussed in the last few weeks and will require the continued implementation of these practices and processes. Please review the following for further consideration: Michigan State Mandated Stay-at-Home As a…
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A Message Regarding COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty and understandable concern about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we have a continuity plan in place to continue to serve our clients. We are committed to continuing our service for our clients while ensuring the safety and health of our team. As the…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your HSA What You Need to Know

In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), on March 11, 2020, the IRS released a notice regarding HSA-qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) coverage of testing and treatment related to COVID-19. This is to allow the removal of barriers for testing and treatment of COVID-19. Enrollment in a qualifying high-deductible health…
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