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Benefits Brief: 2021 HSA and HDHP Limits

June 1, 2020

On May 20, 2020, the IRS released the inflation-adjusted limits for HSAs and HDHPs for 2021. These limits include: (1) the maximum HSA contribution limit, (2) the minimum deductible amount for HDHPs, and (3) the maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs. This Benefits Brief shows the new limits for 2021, as compared to the limits …

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PPP Guidance for Employees Refusing to Return to Work

May 28, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued new guidance regarding the Payment Protection Program (PPP), established to offset the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This new guidance from the SBA concerns employees who refuse to return to work after a business reopens. Download article HERE.                  

Returning to Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Webinar Series for Employers

May 22, 2020

The COVID-19 public health emergency has created previously unknown levels of disruption to businesses across the country, resulting in the need for many employers to furlough, layoff, and terminate employees, or implement extended periods of remote work. As state and local stay-at-home orders start to relax, employers will begin resuming business operations and recalling employees …

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Post-coronavirus Workplace Preparedness Checklist

May 19, 2020

By taking workplace preparedness steps such as updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviors and evaluating existing policies, employers can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of employees. To get started, employers can review topics on this checklist. Download checklist HERE.                  

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

May 18, 2020

On May 12, 2020, the IRS announced more options with respect to unused amounts in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs). These options allow employers to permit an extended period for incurring health FSA or DCAP expenses and health FSA carryovers of up to $550. This Legal Update summarizes the …

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Benefits Brief – May 2020

May 14, 2020

This Benefits Brief provides an overview regarding Qualified Medical Child Support Orders (QMCSOs) and its impact on group health plans. Download brief HERE.                              

COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

May 13, 2020

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. This Legal Update provides a brief summary of this relief. Download summary HERE.                    

IRS Section 139 Qualified Disaster Relief Payments and Coronavirus

May 12, 2020

Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employers to provide qualified disaster relief payments to their employees free of income and employment taxes. A qualified disaster relief payment includes any amount paid by an employer to reimburse or pay “reasonable and necessary” personal, family, living or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a …

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COVID-19 Relief Extends Certain Employee Benefit Plan Deadlines

May 7, 2020

This Compliance Overview summarizes the participant deadline extensions under a final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which affect COBRA continuation coverage, special enrollment periods, claims for benefits, appeals of denied claims and external review of certain claims. It also includes the deadline extension pursuant to the DOL’s Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, for …

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