• 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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    • Returning to Work Balancing Safety & Recovery

      June 29, 2020 | News

      As states re-open and employees who haven’t been onsite slowly return to the workplace, employers are tasked with protecting the safety of their staff, customers, and vendors.  Meanwhile, employees caring for children and other loved ones may need to extend their paid and unpaid leaves of absence; the surrounding leave laws are becoming more complicated than End excerpt

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    • Temporary Modifications to I-9 Process

      Physical document inspection not required for remote workers during the pandemic The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will defer the requirements for employers to physically review I-9 documents in-person with new employees. This change applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating completely remotely.  If there are any employees physically at the End excerpt

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    • Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses

      Source: IRS.com New legislation ensures workers are not forced to choose between paychecks and their health amidst the global pandemic. The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately End excerpt

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    • FMLA Expansion and Emergency Paid Leave

      March 19, 2020 | Uncategorized

      Yesterday, President Trump signed into law the â€śFamilies First Coronavirus Response Act”.  This new law requires certain employers to provide emergency paid leave under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and emergency paid sick leave.  The main components of the acts are below: Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act The law takes effect April End excerpt

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    • Form 1095-C or 1095-B Deadline Extended

      December 11, 2019 | Uncategorized

      Updated Deadlines The IRS has issued Notice 2019-63 extending the distribution deadline of Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) and Form 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) to employees from January 31, 2020 to March 2, 2020. It is important to note that the deadlines are not extended for filing Forms with the IRS. The deadlines End excerpt

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