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OSHA directed to draft emergency vaccine requirement

On September 9, President Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draft an emergency rule requiring private employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. The directive is part of Biden’s ...

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IRS allows two additional conditions for paid sick leave

On July 29, the IRS posted in an updated FAQ two new conditions eligible for paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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IRS releases updated Form 941

Employers who are paying COBRA premiums on behalf of Assistance Eligible Individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction of hours should use the updated Form 941 to claim credits to offset quarterly payroll taxes.

The COBRA assistance program was part...

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DOL releases model COBRA election notices

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Biden signs $1.9 trillion in new pandemic relief

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law March 11 providing economic relief to businesses and the unemployed affected by COVID-19. Among the funding initiatives are expanded unemployment benefits, relief for local governments, schools and small...

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IRS lowers standard mileage rates for 2021

Employers who reimburse employees for business mileage will notice a slight drop in the 2021 standard mileage rates set by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS):

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IRS increases 2021 PCORI fee

The annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plans ending between October 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, is $2.66. This is an increase from the 2020 rate of $2.54.

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COVID-19 relief bill passed

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill Congress passed last week was signed by President Trump Sunday evening. The bill clarifies that the requirement for certain employers to provide paid emergency sick and family leave ends December 31, 2020. However, for the first three months of 2021, private...

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OSHA updates COVID-19 reporting requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released two additional questions to its COVID-19 frequently asked questions. The answers clarify when employers must report work-related COVID-19 inpatient hospitalizations and fatalities.

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EEOC delays EEO-1 Report until 2021

The EEO-1 Report is required to be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year for employers with 100 or more employees. In advance of each annual reporting deadline, the EEOC notifies past filers that the reporting portal is open.

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