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► IRS, SSA Adjust Benefits Thresholds for 2021

November 11, 2020

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,750 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2021, the same as in 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2020-45 . However, changes were made to certain other benefits thresholds and limits. The IRS is ...

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► Employers Exploring the Changes a Biden Administration Will Bring

November 10, 2020

Now that the presidential race has been called for Joe Biden, employers are studying the impact a new administration will have on policies affecting the workplace. The COVID-19 response, the economy, health care, a change in direction at federal agencies—those issues and so much more are on ...

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► Employers Looking for Answers as Presidential Election Winds Down

November 2, 2020

Finally, the votes are being counted. Election Day closes a process that has seen voters across the country casting early or mail-in ballots for weeks now. Without a crystal ball, employers can’t know what they will face in the next 4 years, but a look at both candidates, President ...

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► CDC Issues Guidance on Isolation, Precautions for COVID-19

October 27, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance titled “Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19.” The guidance is noteworthy for employers. Previously, the CDC had generally indicated that individuals could potentially ...

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► Cyberwarfare in the Workplace: HR on the Front Lines

October 26, 2020

If you thought cybersecurity was only IT's responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purpose-fully target a company's employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from ...

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► IRS Again Gives Employers Extension for ACA Reporting

October 22, 2020

Once again this year, employers and insurers were given an extra month to comply with the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements to furnish 1095-B and -C reports to individuals. The deadline is being moved back from January 31 to March 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...

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► When & How Employers Can Require Notice of COVID Paid Leave

October 20, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to affect the workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is trying to provide guidance on how employers should implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). You may be wondering if, when, and how you can require employees to provide notice and ...

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► How to Keep Up with Nonexempt Teleworkers' Time

October 16, 2020

For many employers, the telework experiment necessitated by COVID-19 has been a surprising success. Many are considering whether to continue the work-from-home option for at least a portion of the workforce. One lingering concern, however, is how best to track time for nonexempt workers who are ...

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► Guidance for Employers Responding to Racial Unrest

October 13, 2020

The global response to George Floyd's tragic and shocking death and other recent acts of injustice (including those involving Ahmaud Arbery, Christian Cooper, Breonna Taylor, and Nina Pop, among others) and the ensuing protests and riots amid the COVID-19 economic crisis have affected ...

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► DOL Proposes New Rule Simplifying Classification of Contractors

October 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing new rules to simplify the determination of when a worker is an independent contractor instead of an employee. On September 22, 2020, the DOL released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding rules for employers to follow when classifying a ...

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