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

THREE TIPS FOR BUSINESS LEADERS WHO ARE CONSIDERING REOPENING OFFICES

How businesses navigate their employees and customers through this pandemic will shape their culture and brand for years to come. As business leaders consider reopening offices, it’s essential not only to make the necessary modifications for health and safety but also to build trust with your employees. Here are three tips: 1. Survey employees to … Continued

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Contraceptive Rule Exemption

Highlights: The ACA requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives. In October 2017, the Trump administration issued regulations expanding the exemptions from the contraceptive mandate. In January 2019, two federal courts temporarily blocked the regulations from taking effect. On July 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld two regulations expanding exemptions from the … Continued

IRS Issues Notice 2020-29

The IRS issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020 related to employer-sponsored health coverage, health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs). This Notice also provides increased flexibility to apply unused amounts in … Continued

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