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IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040

On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021. The Notice, issued as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, follows a prior IRS extension (also to May 17, 2021) of the federal income tax filing…
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Amounts Paid for Certain Personal Protective Equipment Treated as Medical Expenses Announcement

Announcement 2021-7 notifies taxpayers that amounts paid for personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 PPE) are treated as amounts paid for medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, amounts paid by an…
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New Guidance on the End of the COVID-19 Outbreak Period

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Notice 2021-01, which provides that the outbreak period

Leading through Burnout

The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded its definition of burnout as an @occupational phenomenon,@ giving credence to a set of conditions that ma

Mentoring Program Mishaps – Avoid These Common Pitfalls

Influential business leaders often thank mentors for support in reaching their goals. Sheryl Sandburg credits Ariana Huffington. Mark Zuckerberg was m

The Ketchup Question: Building Diverse Teams

@It@s the right thing to do.@ This simple conclusion was an early driver for HR professionals and hiring managers to add diversity initiatives to thei

Extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted Dec. 27, 2020, extended the Employee Retention Tax Credit (@credit@) that was esta

Meditation: They Call It Practice for a Reason

Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation used to be left to people on the fringe best described as @crunchy@ or @new age.@ These practices have since jumped

Does Your Company Have the Potential to Go Remote Permanently?

Last March, many employees were sent home to work remotely for a few weeks until this @pesky@ coronavirus (COVID-19) resolved itself. Almost a year ha

ERISA Bonding Requirement and Group Health Plans

Section 412 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and related regulations (29 C.F.R. § 2550.412-1 and 29 C.F.R. Part 258