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July 9th 2020

The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Amendments

Application Deadline: Originally June 30, 2020, extended to December 31, 2020, under the PPPFA (however, the SBA subsequently announced that it will not accept applications after June 30, 2020. On July 4, 2020, the President signed a law extending the ...

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June 9th 2020

PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2020

The ACA imposes a fee on health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors in order to fund comparative effectiveness research. These fees are widely known as PCORI fees, and were originally scheduled to expire for plan or policy years ending on ...

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June 4th 2020

Congress Passes Bill Amending Paycheck Protection Program

Since being established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act in March 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been the subject of additional stimulus bills, legal guidance and interim final rules. ...

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June 4th 2020

Internal Revenue Service Notice 2020-35

In response, the IRS has postponed deadlines for certain time-sensitive actions due to the COVID-19 emergency. The IRS issued Notice 2020-17 that postponed the due date for certain federal income tax payments from April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020. ...

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May 27th 2020

2021 Health Savings Account (HSA) & High Deductible Health Plan Inflation Adjusted Amounts

On May 20, 2020, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-32 to provide the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2021. The IRS is required to publish these limits by June 1 of each year. ...

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May 21st 2020

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 servicing your loan. ...

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May 19th 2020

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bulletin on Extension of Time Frames

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 ...

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May 14th 2020

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 ...

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May 14th 2020

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, ...

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May 12th 2020

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 PPACA across different ...

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May 6th 2020

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 ...

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May 4th 2020

Employee Benefits Security Administration Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01

On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak and by a separate writing made a determination, under Section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford ...

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April 30th 2020

Final Rule on the Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Due to COVID-19

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a final rule that extends certain timeframes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for group health plans, disability, ...

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April 29th 2020

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA)

In response to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA) into law on April 24, 2020. The PPPHCEA is a $484 billion package that increases amounts ...

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April 27th 2020

IRS Extension of 2019 Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Section 7508A of the ...

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April 22nd 2020

Senate Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the newest coronavirus relief package, which includes funding for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. This News Brief explains further. ...

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April 21st 2020

New IRS Form 7200 FFCRA Leave Tax Credit & CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released IRS Form 7200 along with completion Instructions. Form 7200 may be used by an employer to request an advance payment of tax credits for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act FFCRA. ...

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April 17th 2020

Opening Up America Again Guidelines

This resource from the White House was provided to state governors on April 16, 2020, during a phone call about next steps for the country. The document outlines guidelines for reopening the states as the coronavirus pandemic eases. It's unclear how these ...

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April 16th 2020

Risk Insights: Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. However, even when stay-at-home orders are lifted and nonessential businesses ...

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April 15th 2020

FAQs & Clarification on the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program

This compliance advisor provides much-needed guidance to businesses and individuals by clarifying several of the PPP requirements that lacked specificity due to the understandable rush to enact the CARES Act and the rapid issuance of the SBA’s interim ...

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April 14th 2020

MARCH 2020 Compliance Recap

March was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a bulletin regarding enforcement of the FFCRA. The President also signed the ...

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April 9th 2020

DOL Temporary Regulations for FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued temporary regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, providing employers with information to help them meet their new paid leave requirements under the law. This Compliance Bulletin addresses high ...

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April 7th 2020

Health Savings Accounts: What You Need to Know

In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued a notice regarding HSA-qualified HDHPs coverage of testing and treatment related to COVID-19. Under the notice, health plans that otherwise qualify as HSA ...

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April 6th 2020

The Look-back Measurement Method and COVID-19

The evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused some confusion and uncertainty in applying the look-back measurement method during periods of layoff, furlough, and COVID-19 related periods of paid and unpaid leave. ...

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April 3rd 2020

Paycheck Protection Program | CARES Act

The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the CARES Act in order provide small employers with an incentive to keep workers on their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis. ...

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April 1st 2020

CARES ACT | Compliance Recap

In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is the third phase in Congress’ response to COVID-19 ...

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March 31st 2020

President Trump Extends Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he was extending the federal social distancing guidelines for an additional 30 days to help contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The original 15-day guidelines were set to ...

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March 30th 2020

Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a major strain on every aspect of daily life around the world, including the United States. As spread of the disease shows no sign of slowing down, there is a steadily increasing concern in the United States reg ...

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March 26th 2020

Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs

As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for their employees. Government relief measures may provide compensation for businesses and individuals in certain ...

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March 26th 2020

President Signs FFCRA

In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) on March 18, 2020. The Act is an economic stimulus plan that affects coverage and cost sharing for COVID-19 testing ...

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March 26th 2020

New Coronavirus Relief Law Requires Paid Employee Leave

Two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. ...

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March 26th 2020

Employer Paid Requirements in the FFCRA – DOL Guidance

The FFCRA expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow partially compensated employee leave for child care purposes related to COVID-19. The FFCRA also provided for employee paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons. ...

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March 24th 2020

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Small and midsize employers may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...

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March 19th 2020

Congress Passes Coronavirus Law

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a coronavirus relief bill (the Act) that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the weekend. ...

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March 14th 2020

IRS Allows HDHPs To Cover Coronavirus Costs

On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment before plan deductibles have been met, without jeopardizing ...

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March 12th 2020

Compliance Issues Facing Employers

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for ...

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Information on COVID-19 is being updated by the hour, and in some cases minute by minute. We are doing our best to keep the information and links on our COVID-19 Resource Hub pages up to date; however, we strongly suggest that you check the government and carrier sites for the most accurate information.