DOL Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read More

IRS Provides Temporary Flexibility for Cafeteria Plans, Health FSAs, and DCAPs
On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125, more options with respect to unused amounts in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs), and clarifications regarding high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Read More

5 Tips for Onboarding Employees Remotely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This HR Insights article provides tips managers can use to onboard employees remotely during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Read More

Post-Coronavirus Workplace Preparedness Checklist
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed many aspects of the current workplace, and hygiene and cleanliness are key topics when creating post-coronavirus workplace plans. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are actions employers can consider. 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. Read More

EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
On May 7, 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) during the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The additional FAQs were added to guidance that the EEOC originally issued on March 18, 2020, and updated on April 9, 17, and 23, 2020. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains the EEOC’s FAQs. Read More

Guide to Creating a Return to Work Action Plan
This guide can be used as a tool to create a return to work action plan in preparation for reopening a business following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please note that it follows health and safety guidance laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA, but does not account for state, local or industry-specific guidance related to COVID-19. Read More

Designing a Post-coronavirus Office
Post-coronavirus, employers may want to consider how updates to an office can help protect the health and safety of employees. This article addresses updates to an office layout, behavioral changes and expansion of remote work. Read More

Return to Work Plans Following the COVID-19 Pandemic
This HR Insights article discusses post-coronavirus pandemic return to work plans. Please note that this article should be used for informational purposes only and should not supersede applicable state or local guidance. Additionally, please review any workplace-specific considerations, which could be more involved depending on the industry you operate in, when drafting your return to work plan. Read More

Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. However, even when stay-at-home orders are lifted and nonessential businesses are allowed to resume operations, there’s a lot for organizations to consider before they reopen their doors. Read More

Responding to an Employee’s Positive Coronavirus Test
This HR Insights article provides an overview of how you can respond to finding out an employee has coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read More

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Benefits Considerations in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We have updated our FAQs with two more questions we believe will be helpful,  please note the newly added questions are #10 and #11 which are noted with an asterisk. This is a collection of the most frequently asked questions the Alltrust team has received regarding the impact of COVID-19 on group health plans.Read More

DOL Regulations for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued temporary regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA created new employer requirements to provide paid sick leave and partially compensated, expanded FMLA leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulations include important clarifications to the law and earlier DOL guidance on the FFCRA that will help employers understand their obligations under these new paid leave mandates. Read More

EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
On April 9, 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 the coronavirus pandemic. The new FAQs were added to guidance that the EEOC previously issued on March 18, 2020. Read More

Updating Health Plans for Coronavirus Changes
Employers may be considering changes to their group health plans in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, health insurance issuers for fully insured plans may be initiating some of these changes to help individuals impacted by the pandemic. Read More

Reemployment Assistance Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful information from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to determine your eligibility for reemployment Assistance Benefits. Read More

DOL FAQs: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides eligible workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains questions and answers issued by the DOL to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. This document includes the FAQs issued Apr. 3, 2020.  Read More

DOL Clarifies Exemptions to Coronavirus Paid Leave Laws
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide eligible employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Small businesses and employers of health care providers or emergency responders may qualify for exemptions to these leave requirements. This Compliance Bulletin includes the Department of Labor’s FAQs on these exemptions. Read More

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Requires Paid Employee Leave
As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Congress has enacted two laws requiring employers to provide paid leave for COVID-19-related reasons. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the two new federal employee leave mandates. Read More

CARES Act Makes Changes for Health Plans
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act makes a variety of changes affecting health plans. See Changes

IRS FAQs: FFCRA Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) tax credits apply to small and midsize businesses. The FFCRA, was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19. Read More

The CARES Act – What Employers Need to Know
On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding designed to provide financial assistance for those struggling as a result of the coronavirus (COVD-19) outbreak. The new law also includes several provisions affecting health plan coverage. This Bulletin summarizes the CARES Act’s financial assistance and coverage changes. Read More

DOL Issues Employer Resources
Employers impacted by COVID-19 have a variety of questions regarding the Act’s effect on their business and employees.  While there are still many questions left unanswered, the Department of Labor (DOL) is continuing to release guidance and resources often to help employers. This Bulletin provides an update on the recent releases from the DOL.  Read More

DOL Issues First Round of Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced on March 24, 2020 its first round of published guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or the Act) for employees and employers.  This guidance is provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and Questions and Answers document.  The Act will take effect on April 1, 2020.  This is a change from the original expected effective date of April 2, 2020. Read More

Navigating COVID- 19: Employee Benefits By Plan
Here is what we are hearing from employee benefits insurance carriers about COVID-19 and how claims are being covered. Read More

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know
On the evening of March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  It will go into effect on April 2, 2020, and remain in effect until December 31, 2020.  While the Act covers several programs, those most relevant to employers are included in this blog post.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Benefits Considerations in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This is a collection of the most frequently asked questions the Alltrust team has received regarding the impact of COVID-19 on group health plans. Read More

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and the FMLA
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and COVID-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus) and other health emergencies. The Q&As explain that under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with job-protected, unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons, which may include the flu where complications arise. Employees on FMLA leave are entitled to the continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms as before they took leave. Read More

IRS Allows HDHPs To Cover Coronavirus Costs
On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-15 in response to the public health emergency posed by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To encourage individuals to get tested for COVID-19, this notice allows HDHPs to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment without imposing a deductible or other cost sharing. Read More

EEOC Issues Employer Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
On March 18, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued 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 the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Read More

Employers Navigating the Coronavirus
Our partners at ThinkHR have recently put together the Following FAQ based on the questions their clients have been asking us across the country. We hope that it helps you manage this challenge and adapt to the circumstances ahead. Read More

Top 12 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This list represents a compilation of some of the more common questions regarding COVID-19 so far and addresses the strategies to consider and the legal parameters involved. Much of the content in these FAQs is derived from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance document entitled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read More

 

Coronavirus Compliance Considerations for Employers
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of compliance issues facing employers in this situation. Download