COVID-19 Updates

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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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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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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Why You Should Be Evaluating Your Company’s Disability Insurance Offering in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the reality of COVID-19 set in, many Americans were questioning how they would cope without paid sick leave if they got ill.

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Oregon OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Regulation

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had a far reach, impacting every business and individual in this country. As we head into the fall season, it appears that infection rates are increasing with more time spent indoors.

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The Return of the Communicable Disease Exclusion

In times of COVID-19, many insurance carriers are seeking to clarify coverage for biologically related liability risks on commercial insurance policies.

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California Workers’ Compensation Senate Bill 1159 Summary

On 9/17/20, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1159 into law. SB 1159 follows the original Executive Order from the Governor, which is now known as LC 3212.86.

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An Employer’s Guide to Evaluating Risk Exposures When Offering Child Care Services

With various states and counties around the U.S. restricting in-person learning this fall, many parents face difficult decisions on balancing working and child care obligations during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update: June 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives and organizations, and is evolving quickly each and every day.

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COVID-19 Update: June 12, 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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