• DHS Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility

      February 15, 2021 | News

      Due to continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the flexibility in the rules related to Form I-9 to March 31, 2021.  Employers may inspect the Section 2 documents remotely (e.g., video link, fax or email, etc.).  However, this flexibility only applies to employers who are operating 100% remotely.  Employers must End excerpt

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    • FFCRA Leave Expiration

      January 17, 2021 | News

      FFCRA Leave Expiration The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) required that employers with fewer than 500 employees provide job-protected, paid sick leave for employees who miss work for certain COVID-related reasons. Employers received a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for sick leave payments. The FFCRA paid sick leave and expanded family leave expired on December 31st, 2020.  Employers End excerpt

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    • Government Contractor Required Trainings

      December 21, 2020 | News

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    • COVID-19 Immunizations and EEOC Concerns

      December 21, 2020 | News

      According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “The availability of COVID-19 vaccinations may raise questions about the applicability of various equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws, including the ADA,  GINA, and Title VII, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The ADA limits an employer’s ability to make disability-related inquiries or End excerpt

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    • 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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