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Employers must abide by state-legislated mask requirements

Recently, several states adopted requirements for the general public to wear masks outside their homes. Because this includes the workplace, employers in these states are advised to develop a compliant mask policy

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Understand your PPP loan forgiveness eligibility

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were the saving grace for many small businesses over the past two months. However, the forgiveness qualifications continue to evolve, leaving business owners confused and wondering if they’ll meet forgiveness requirements.

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Track COBRA, FSA and HRA deadline shifts

The pandemic interrupted processes globally, and employee health benefits are no exception. Certain deadlines temporarily changed for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), COBRA and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides Form I-9 flexibility

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the DHS announced it will relax the longstanding requirement that employers physically evaluate employee-provided documentation needed to complete Form I-9s. The relaxed guidelines are in effect 60 days from the March 20 announcement date, or three days...

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Federal income tax filing due July 15

The Treasury Department and IRS announced that April 15, the traditional federal income tax filing due date, is extended until July 15, 2020, amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is an automatic change for all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations,...

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Understand 2020 Form W-4 changes

The IRS released the 2020 Form W-4 in December, which replaced the familiar method of withholding allowances. Rather than list a withholding number (e.g., zero, one, two), employees now provide requested cost estimates for children and other dependents, as applicable.

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DOL releases additional information on small business FFCRA exemption

Within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which takes affect today, there is an exemption option for employers with fewer than 50 employees whose business viability would be impacted due to the FFCRA employer requirements.

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DOL releases required FFCRA model notice

As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees must post a Department of Labor (DOL) model notice informing employees of their rights to emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave for reasons linked to COVID-19.

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Know your 1095-B reporting responsibilities

Self-funded employers under 50 are required to submit 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms to the IRS and distribute forms to employees despite the 2019 repeal of the individual mandate. 1094-B and 1095-B reporting forms are due to the IRS February 28, 2020, and employees should receive forms by...

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Employers must utilize updated Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated paper and electronic editions of Form I-9. Employers must begin using the new form by May 1, 2020. Until then, employers can choose to use the Form I-9 dated July 17, 2017, or the new edition dated October 21, 2019. As a...

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