2503, 2020

An Important Message to Our Clients

This is an unprecedented time for all of us.  We’re actively monitoring the Coronavirus situation as it changes daily, and we continue to evaluate how to best serve our clients.  Our top priority during this time of uncertainty is balancing the well-being of our employees while providing our clients with continual access to essential employee benefit insurance services.  To keep this balance, we have made some temporary adjustments and permanent enhancements to our business services.

We are temporarily discontinuing in-person Employee Benefits Renewal Meetings

  1. In observance of the health of our clients and employees, […]

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1903, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Benefit Eligibility During Sick Leave, Furloughs, and Terminations

Many employers face a significant number of employee leaves of absence and employment terminations related to COVID-19. This article provides some clarity about how to handle benefit eligibility. Over the next several weeks, additional guidance and clarification from federal and state government agencies is expected, perhaps providing some exceptions and requirements regarding benefit eligibility. However, there are some general guidelines that we can follow in the meantime.

Sick Leave

It is necessary to consider whether FMLA-protected leave applies for employees who request leave due to their own COVID-19-related illness or to care for a sick family affected by COVID-19.

All public entities are […]

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1903, 2020

President Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act Into Law

President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), into law last night, which assists working families impacted by COVID-19. The law includes several provisions to protect American workers while helping employers provide emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave in the case of school closures. The leave provisions will go into effect on April 2, 2020.

As described in a summary from NAHU, the FFCRA requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave while providing a refundable payroll tax credit to employers to cover 100% of the cost […]

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1803, 2020

COVID – 19 Benefits Questions

Employers have many questions about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on employer-sponsored benefit plans. In this article, we will address important questions. We will also review the recent IRS notice regarding HSA eligibility when high deductible health plans (HDHPs) cover COVID-19 related testing and treatment.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The privacy of individually identifiable health information that is created or received by a health plan is protected under HIPAA ̶ Protected Health Information (PHI). Although employers may be motivated to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workforce, staff members with access to an employer’s group health […]

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