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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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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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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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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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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BenePro Presents: COVID -19: Its Impact On Your Health Care Costs – And What You Can Do Now to Prepare

If there is one thing that experts agree on is that health insurance premiums in 2021 will rise. It is just a matter of how much. The question is what, as an employer, can you do now to mitigate detrimental increases to your health plan in the coming years?

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