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Employee Benefits Security Administration Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01

03.02.21 Update: The DOL issued EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 providing that the outbreak period relief noted below ends on the earlier of one year from the date an individual or plan was first eligible for relief (extension period) or the original outbreak period of 60 days after the announced end of the COVID-19 National … Continued

FAQs on Health Plan Coverage under the FFCRA and the CARES Act, Part 3

The Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments), issued frequentlyaskedquestions  (FAQs) regarding implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the  FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), and other health coverage issues related to coronavirus disease … Continued

Mandatory Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines under Group Health Plans

Update: ACIP recommended the Moderna vaccine and revised the vaccine distribution phases. On December 11, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer vaccine). The following day, December 12, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued an interim recommendationfor … Continued

3 Recruiting Trends To Watch In 2021

Recruiting has never been simple, and the COVID-19 pandemic is complicating matters even more. In this rapidly changing landscape, employers need to adapt if they want to attract and retain quality talent. To better prepare for this rapidly changing landscape, the following are some recruiting practice trends employers should monitor in 2021. 1. Looking Inward … Continued

8 Small Steps Toward Financial Protection

About half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Along with exercising more and eating better, many people aim to get a better handle on their finances. If you’re in that camp, we’re here to help. Here are some surefire steps to create a more financially secure future for you and your loved ones. Create … Continued

SSG Insights | 02.26.21

Temporary Health FSA and DCAP Relief 2/22/21 Update: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-15 clarifying the relief provided under the Appropriations Act for health FSAs and DCAPs and provides additional cafeteria plan relief. The Appropriations Act builds on previously issued guidance (IRS Notice 2020-29 and 2020-33), by expanding the opportunities for plan sponsors … Continued

A Note on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent EEOC guidance implies that they expect many employers to require a vaccine, there are already several states where bills are being introduced to prevent employment discrimination against those who … Continued

Proposed Rules on Wellness Programs Subject to the ADA or GINA

2/23/2021 Update: The proposed rules on wellness programs described below have been withdrawn by the EEOC pursuant to the Biden Administration regulatory freeze. Until further action is taken, the current final rules on wellness programs remain in effect. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released unofficial proposed rules for wellness programs subject to the Americans with … Continued