IRS Relaxes Election Change, Other Rules for Cafeteria Plans and FSAs

May 13, 2020
As the country continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 National Emergency declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, the IRS has provided some much-needed guidance and relief for employees.  On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33, which, among other things,... Find out more »

Employer Insurance Premium Payment Grace Periods & Premiums Returned to Employers Inadvertent ERISA Issues

May 11, 2020
During this pandemic, many employers are having to curtail operations and are going through the difficult process of finding cost-saving measures because of the sudden reduction in revenue caused by the various COVID-19 related state and local government orders. Many carriers are allowing, and... Find out more »

Agencies Extend Deadline to Pay COBRA Premiums and Certain Other ERISA and Internal Revenue Codes Due to COVID-19

April 30, 2020
The impacts of the COVID-19 National Emergency, as declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, have been vast.  As a result, many employers and employees are struggling to meet their various filing, notice, election, or other deadlines.  In order to ease this burden on employers, plans... Find out more »

COVID-19 and Cafeteria Plan Considerations

April 27, 2020
This legal alert was updated May 13, 2020. A cafeteria plan, or Section 125 plan, sometimes referred to as a POP plan, allows employees to pay for certain expenses on a pretax basis. Employees choose between a taxable benefit (cash, typically distributed via payroll) and two or more pre-tax... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to the way we communicate with our coworkers, friends and family.  Never has listening been more important than it is right now.  As we focus on listening fully, listening with focus and listening with the true intent to understand and not just... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

April 20, 2020
As we all adapt to new rhythms of working from home and social distancing, it's important that we stay on top of our wellbeing. Each week we're putting together a fresh list of wellbeing resources that target reach of the six categories of holistic wellbeing: career, social, financial,... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Notice Requirements When Making Health Plan Design Changes

April 16, 2020
This alert was updated on 04/16/20.  As employers work to stay financially solvent during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are looking to change their health plan designs in order to ensure employees have access to the care they need while balancing the financial impact on the business. For... Find out more »

Alera Group COVID-19 Employer Pulse Survey Results Revealed

 COVID-19 Leads to Greater Employer Focus on Response Planning, Employee Education and Flexible Work Arrangements, Alera Group Study Finds COVID-19 is leading many employers to implement or re-evaluate their infectious disease response plans, ramp-up their employee communication efforts, and... Find out more »

Tax Credits Under FFCRA: Qualified Leave Wages & Health Plan Expenses

April 13, 2020
This content was last reviewed on April 14, 2020. Employers who are uncertain about how to calculate their qualified health plan expenses and qualified leave wages should consult with their legal counsel or financial adviser. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)... Find out more »

Who Is Eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) Coverage & Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) Coverage?

Download this scenario chart HERE. To be eligible for benefits, three criteria must be met:  Employer must have work for the employee; Employer and employee must agree on a work schedule; Employee must have a qualifying reason (see FFCRA FAQs for details) Joey... Find out more »