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California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under the CFRA

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expand the law’s leave requirements to cover employers with at least five employees, provide new grounds for leave and remove leave limits. The CFRA The CFRA provides 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to otherwise eligible employees to bond with a new child … Continued

MEDICAL LOSS RATIO (MLR) REBATES 2020

Are you an employer that is receiving a rebate check from your group medical insurance carrier? September 30 is the deadline for insurers to issue rebates, if required, under the Affordable Care Act’s medical loss ratio (MLR) rule. It is estimated that insurers will return over a quarter billion dollars to employer groups this year. … Continued

Employer Medicare Part D Notices are Due Before October 15, 2020

Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs — either as a medical claim or through a card system? If so, be sure to distribute your plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15. PURPOSE Medicare began offering “Part D” plans … Continued

Talking to Children About Returning to School During the Pandemic

While children may not understand the full scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, they do know that the world is different. In many cases, they left school in March or April to continue learning virtually—and many finished their school years from home. As schools welcome students back, children who are going back to school in-person may … Continued

DOL RELEASES NEW BACK-TO-SCHOOL FFCRA GUIDANCE

Ever since it became clear that not all schools would be fully reopening for the new school year, employers and employees alike have been wondering how the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) would apply in the variety of new schooling scenarios. The Department of Labor has released several new Questions and Answers that … Continued

Updating Your Employee Handbook

Handbook policies are increasingly being used by employers to respond to critical events in 2020. BJA Partners recommends ThinkHR in regards to updating your employee handbook. The Value of Policies Policies have always been important to employers. They spell out what’s expected of employees, enable employees to reference key information, and also protect organizations from … Continued

Preparing for an Unprecedented Open Enrollment Period

Open enrollment following the COVID-19 pandemic will be unlike any other in recent memory. Many organizations are still trying to recover from extended closures and maintain safe working environments—open enrollment is the last thing on their minds. Yet, procrastinating on enrollment planning can actually cause more issues than it solves. This article explains what employers … Continued

5 Ways COVID-19 is Reshaping HR

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the entire world, it seems. With fluctuating infection rates and conflicting official guidance, organizations will need to adapt quickly if they want to succeed in the post-coronavirus landscape. HR teams stand at the forefront of these efforts. For years, HR departments have been tasked with ushering in fundamental workplace … Continued

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