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COVID-19: Benefits-Related Checklist

This checklist is a summary of legislative and regulatory changes related to COVID-19 that affect employer-sponsored health and welfare benefits. It also includes some temporary actions employers and carriers have taken in response to business and coverage needs during this public health emergency.

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Hospitality Industry Update: Preparing to Re-Open

As hospitality businesses prepare to re-open in our “new normal,” there are many important risk management and insurance-related items to consider.

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Agency Guidance – IRS Notices Announce Increased Flexibility for Certain Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two notices to assist with the nation’s response to the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak. The first notice increases “flexibility with respect to mid-year elections under a §125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020 related to employer-sponsored health coverage, health Flexible Spending Arrangements (health FSAs), and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

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Navigating Through Health and Mental Health Challenges in a COVID-19 Environment

Before the pandemic hit, addressing mental health was increasingly becoming a more popular topic. Now, with COVID-19 adding stress and uncertainty to everyday life, taking care of ourselves mentally is more important than ever.

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Becoming the CEO of Your Personal Life –
A Personal Insurance Series: Connected Cars: A Gateway to Your Identity and Cyber Life

Cars are computers on wheels and it’s important to know how they can compromise your identity and security.

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COVID-19 Update: May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives and organizations, and is evolving quickly each and every day. Parker, Smith & Feek is dedicated to keeping you informed on the latest information.

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COVID-19 Benefits Update: May 8, 2020

Parker, Smith & Feek is dedicated to keeping you informed on the latest employee benefit information.

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Are your buildings and offices prepared to operate in a time with COVID-19?

As self-isolation procedures are lifted, it is important to be prepared for the return of your tenants and employees to their normal places of work. However, returning to work does not mean that COVID-19 risks can be forgotten – there are precautions that must be taken to continue controlling the coronavirus.

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Are your construction sites prepared to operate in a time with COVID-19?

As stay-at-home orders are lifted and operations resume, businesses must prepare to operate in a world where COVID-19 exists. In preparation for the return of the workforce, measures must be put in place to protect workers from becoming infected.

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New COBRA Model Notices

Last Friday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new COBRA model notices and corresponding frequently asked questions (FAQs) to better guide individuals who may be choosing between Medicare and COBRA continuation coverage.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Return to Work Planning

How and when we are reopening our economy has been on the minds of businesses across Washington state. In this webinar we answer your questions on returning to work. Along with a panel of experts, we addressed questions like: What does reopening mean with continued state restrictions? What can I do to protect workers? What […]

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Agency Guidance – National Emergency Extended Time Frames

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Treasury (IRS) jointly issued a final rule extending several specific notice time frames applicable under HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA. The rule also extends the time frames for COBRA elections, COBRA payments, and HIPAA special enrollments.

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