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Sixth Circuit lifts stay of OSHA ETS

OSHA announces enforcement delayed until January 10 and February 9

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Annual CMS Notice due October 15

Employers have an annual obligation to issue a creditable or non-creditable coverage notice to all plan participants who are Medicare eligible, including dependents and retirees. The notice, due October 15, informs Medicare-eligible participants whether their prescription drug coverage is at least...

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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 of...

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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 businesses,...

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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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