• COVID-19 Updated Quarantine Guidelines

    December 2, 2020 | News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently stated that it will soon issue new guidelines reducing the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19.  The new guidelines will recommend close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus to quarantine for 7 to 10 days after exposure (down End excerpt

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  • IRS 2021 Limits for HSA’s, High Deductible and Retirement Plans

    November 5, 2020 | News

    The annual limits for Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions in 2021 will be $3,600 for self-only coverage and $7,200 for family coverage.   This represents a $50 increase for self-only coverage and $100 increase for family coverage.  The 2021 retirement plan deferral limits will remain the at the same level with a $19,500 annual deferral limit End excerpt

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  • Voting Leave Laws

    October 19, 2020 | News

    With the impending and significant November elections upon us, it is important for businesses to understand their responsibilities for providing employees with time off to vote.  Although certain individuals may be voting by mail, many others will still be heading to the polls.   Leave laws vary greatly within each state.  Some states require paid leave, End excerpt

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  • Health Care Reform Updates ACA Pay or Play Penalties Increase in 2021

    September 29, 2020 | News

    The Adjusted Penalty Amounts for 2021 are $2,700 and $4,060 Under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (pay or play) rules, applicable large employers—generally those who have 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides minimum value to their End excerpt

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  • The U.S. Department Of Labor Revises Regulations To Clarify Paid Leave Requirements Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    September 29, 2020 | News

    The revisions take effect September 16, 2020 and do the following: Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them. Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently. Revise the End excerpt

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  • 2020 Medicare Part D Notice

    September 14, 2020 | News

    The following information is provided as guidance for employers and their employees regarding Medicare Part D notification requirements. Should you have specific questions regarding your organization’s health plan, or other employee benefits, please contact a FosterThomas Employee Benefits Specialist. Medicare Part D Eligible Employees This post serves as a reminder that employers who provide prescription drug End excerpt

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  • New D.C. Law Requires Employers to Adopt COVID-19 Safety Policies

    August 21, 2020 | News

    Under the new law, beginning August 20, 2020 District of Columbia employers must implement social distancing and worker protection policies consistent with the Mayor’s July 22, 2020 mask order (“Wearing of Masks in the District of Columbia to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19”).  Businesses that are open to the public must post signs on their End excerpt

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  • OFCCP releases New and Streamlined Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms

    July 31, 2020 | News

    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a new and streamlined Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form.  Government contractors and subcontractors must invite applicants and new hires to self-identify as having a disability.  Contractors must also invite employees to self-identify as disabled at least once every five years.  Applicants and employees may identify as End excerpt

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  • DHS extends the exemption for the physical inspection of form I-9 to August 19th, 2020.

    July 31, 2020 | News

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of form I-9 documents is extended to August 19th, 2020. This exemption does not apply to employers that have employees physically present at a work location.  Under the exemption, employers must complete the remote inspection of approved documents within three (3) business days End excerpt

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  • Revised FMLA Notice and Certifications published by DOL designed to streamline the process

    July 20, 2020 | News

    The Department of Labor (DOL) revised its FMLA notice and certifications (attached). The DOL said the new forms are easier to understand and use and also include an electronic signature feature.  Please note that earlier versions of the forms with expiration dates that have passed may still be used.  Employees are eligible for FMLA if End excerpt

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