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ACA Pay or Play Penalties Will Increase for 2021

On Aug. 19, 2020, the IRS updated its FAQs on the pay or play penalties to include the following increased penalty amounts for the 2021 calendar year: The Section 4980H(a) penalty can apply when an ALE does not offer coverage…
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DOL Issues New FAQs on FFCRA Leave and Return to School

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in different school reopening situations, including those that blend in-person with distance…
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IRS Offers Guidance on COVID-19 Employee Leave-sharing Plans

In recently issued frequently asked questions (FAQs), the IRS said employers may set up leave-sharing plans under IRS Notice 2006-59 to benefit employees adversely affected by COVID-19. The FAQs explain that leave-sharing plans permit employees to deposit leave in an…
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Unemployment Scams

The presence of unemployment-related scams has grown in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Current unemployment scams include both fraudulent claims and unemployment-related phishing attempts. As many employers are currently dealing with the reality of a high amount of…
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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Pandemic Relief

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order and three memorandums to address pandemic relief in response to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After negotiations for a relief package between the White House and lawmakers collapsed, the…
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Trump Signs Executive Order Permanently Expanding Telehealth Benefits

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed to improve telemedicine and rural health care access. The order expands telehealth benefits for Medicare recipients past the public health emergency (PHE) declaration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly addressing health…
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President Trump Orders Payroll Tax Deferment

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Because the order is for a deferral, the unpaid taxes will…
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EEOC Issues Guidance on Opioid Addiction and the ADA

On Aug. 5, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two new publications that aim to clarify existing requirements related to opioid addiction and employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The documents confirm that: Current, illegal drug…
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Massachusetts Issues Final Amendments to PFML Rules

The 2018 Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act established a statewide paid family and medical leave program financed by employer and employee contributions. Contributions began in October 2019, and employee leave benefits become available on Jan. 1, 2021, and…
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Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Aug. 19

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I-9 documents has been extended to Aug. 19, 2020. According to the DHS, this will serve as the final extension. Refer to…
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Trump Signs Executive Orders Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

On July 24, 2020, President Donald Trump signed four executive orders to lower the cost of prescription drugs, including insulin and epinephrine. Reducing drug prices has been a long-standing campaign promise of the administration. The executive orders focus on insulin…
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Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2021

On July 21, 2020, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2021 for determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2021, employer-sponsored coverage will be…
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