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IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040

On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021. The Notice, issued as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, follows…
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EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Will Begin April 26, 2021

The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  announced March 29, 2021. The agency also announced that the…
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Congress Passes Extension of Paycheck Protection Program

Congress has passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, a 60-day extension of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP), which was set to expire on March 31. The bill will be sent to President Joe Biden…
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American Rescue Plan: Changes to FFCRA Employee Leave

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted March 11, 2021, includes changes to emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ARPA extended tax credits through Sept. 30, 2021, for employers…
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COVID-19 Exchange Special Enrollment Period Extended

On March 23, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending access to a special enrollment period (SEP) through Exchanges on the federal www.HealthCare.gov platform due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Originally available through…
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Amazon’s Telehealth Service to Launch Nationwide by Summer

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Amazon announced an upcoming expansion of its health care service, Amazon Care. Amazon Care has been servicing Amazon employees in Washington state since late 2019. The service puts individuals in touch with health care professionals…
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General COVID-19 FAQs for Employers

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring forth a variety of questions for businesses. Employers can take a number of preventive steps to help keep employees safe, but they should also prepare to respond to various situations that can occur in…
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COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and similar state continuation of coverage…
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4 Ways to Support Remote Employee Collaboration and Productivity

Working remotely doesn’t always come naturally to employees, especially among those who are used to the accountability of in-person workplaces. Remote work requires focus and restraint amid the countless distractions present in the home, and it lacks the socialization capabilities…
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Overview of the American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has passed Congress and will head to President Joe Biden for a signature. Highlights of the bill include: Small business assistance Extended unemployment benefits Direct checks to individuals Housing…
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Prescription Drug Pricing Trends

As prescription drug costs continue to increase, it’s important for employers to understand the trends behind the rise and what they can do to better manage their health care expenses. In 2019, the United States spent nearly $370 billion on…
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IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Retention Credit for 2020

On March 1, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-20 to provide guidance for employers claiming the 2020 employer retention tax credit (ERC). The ERC was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)…
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