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Vaping in the Workplace

The health of our businesses during these uncertain times may be called “sickly” but the health of your employees and your bottom line doesn’t have to be. While we know cigarettes are a danger to your health, we are just now learning the risks associated with vaping.  This trendy new method of nicotine delivery may … Continued

SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions

The SBA released an Application for a Borrower to receive forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (SBA Form 3508). The Borrower must complete this application as directed in the instructions, and submit it to the Lender (or the Lender that is servicing your loan). Borrowers may also complete this application electronically through their Lender. … Continued

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bulletin on Extension of Timeframes

On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak and by separate letter made a determination, under Section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, that a national emergency exists nationwide beginning March 1, 2020, as the result … Continued

Tools for the Remote Workplace | MI Employee Benefits Team

The traditional workplace of physical offices and desks has changed. The new normal we are all experiencing is the remote workplace. While some are adjusting to this change without any growing pains, some may find it difficult to transition. Follow these tips to help manage your time in this new space. SET UP A PHYSICAL … Continued

Internal Revenue Service Notice 2020-33

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued IRS Notice 2020-33 (Notice) that increases the limit for unused health flexible spending account (health FSA) carryover amounts from $500 to a maximum of $550 (carried over from a 2020 plan year to a 2021 plan year), as adjusted annually for inflation. Notice 2020-33 also clarifies the ability of … Continued

Internal Revenue Service Notice 2020-29

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020 related to employer-sponsored health coverage, health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs). This notice also provides increased flexibility with respect … Continued

Final 2021 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2021. According to CMS, the final rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) across different program areas and to provide stakeholders with greater flexibility. Although … Continued

Updated Department of Labor Model COBRA Notices

The Department of Labor (DOL) released updated Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) model notices and frequently asked questions  (FAQs) providing general information on the updated model notices. The FAQs note that the DOL provides a model general COBRA notice and model COBRA election notice that plans may use to satisfy the requirements … Continued