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Employer Readiness – COVID-19 Vaccine

As the Centers for Disease Control continues to roll out the new COVID-19 vaccines, there are several issues employers should be thinking about as they determine what steps, if any, they intend to take to provide or require vaccination of their employees.

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EEOC Proposed Wellness Rules Addressing Permitted Incentive Limits

The EEOC released long-awaited proposed rules addressing what type of incentive can be offered for participation in a wellness program without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

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Bringing Some Certainty to Uncertain PPP Loans

The pandemic has upended so many aspects of our lives this year, leaving many with uncertainty and worry. Congress extended a lifeline by passing the CARES Act to support…

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations?

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many employers will have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations, so long as their vaccination policies have certain exceptions, are job-related, and are consistent with business necessity, legal experts say.

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Damage to Existing Property – Which Policy to Use?

Property that exists at the site prior to the commencement of a construction project, such as the building and personal property in the building, is referred to in the insurance world as “existing property.”

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Additional Sections 125 and 129 Flexibility Included in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

In the recently passed COVID-19 relief legislation, Congress included several temporary changes to Section 125 and 129 rules that provide additional reimbursement and election change flexibility for plan participants.

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Significant Benefits Issues in New COVID-19 Relief Legislation

The COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress contains several important employee benefit-related provisions, including restrictions on “surprise medical bills,” new plan and health cost reporting rules, and additional flexibility for participants of health flexible spending accounts (HFSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

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Lessons Learned from 2020 Healthcare Breaches

As technology advances, patients are becoming increasingly active partner 2020 has been a remarkable year full of challenges never before faced, testing our persistence and endurance to carry onward.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Update

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the various versions of shutdown orders that followed from state governments in March 2020 many hospitality businesses filed business interruption claims with their respective carriers.

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Group Health Plan Coverage of COVID-19 Immunizations

As official approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to be announced any day now for one or more vaccines, non-grandfathered group health plans must prepare to provide coverage for COVID-19 immunizations with no cost-sharing.

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Tax-Favored Employee Benefit for Disaster Relief

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are all acutely aware of its impact on employees and their families. On March 13, 2020, the pandemic was declared a national emergency. At that time, the door opened for tax-free assistance…

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Updated PCORI Fees Released

In Notice 2020-84, the IRS provided the adjusted PCORI fee of $2.66 for plan years ending in October 2020 through September 2021. Employers who sponsored self-funded group medical plans ending sometime during this time are required to report and pay the ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees annually.

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