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Supreme Court Rules Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Violates Title VII

The U.S. Supreme ruled that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender individuals from being discriminated against in the workplace. Title VII prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against employees and job…
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Employer Brand, COVID-19 and Recruiting

Internal and external communications during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic can have an impact on how an employer is perceived by both current and prospective employees. Organizations can boost their recruiting efforts by ensuring that their employer brand is resonating with…
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PCORI Fees Due July 31, 2020

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees). The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). Issuers and…
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EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA

On June 11, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during…
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PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2020

The Affordable Care Act (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 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees, and were originally scheduled to…
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Congress Passes Bill Amending Paycheck Protection Program

Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which is a bill that provides borrowers with greater flexibility in spending PPP funds without compromising forgiveness eligibility. Congress has sent the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected…
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Common Employment Practices Claims Arising Out of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, there has been a massive upheaval of the American workplace. Employers have found themselves drafting and implementing policies and procedures addressing a wide array of issues including remote work, layoffs, furloughs,…
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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions for small businesses to use when applying for PPP loan forgiveness with their lender. The below…
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HSA/HDHP Limits Increase for 2021

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. Eligible individuals with self-only HDHP coverage will be able to contribute $3,600…
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EEOC Delays EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 Reports Until 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and unions that are subject to equal employment opportunity (EEO) reporting under Title VII of the Civil Right Act will not be required to file EEO surveys in 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity…
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Northeast Delta Dental Announces Premium Credit, Extension of Renewal Rate Holds

On May 15th Tom Raffio, President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, made several announcements, including: Extending rate holds for fully insured employers renewing July - December. Issuing a one time premium credit for fully insured employers on their July…
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New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules, More Options for Unused FSA & DCAP Funds

On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which: Provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020, and Allows employers to permit employees to apply unused amounts remaining in a…
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