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Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2021

Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically updated for inflation by the IRS. The following commonly offered employee benefits are subject to these limits: High deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs); Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs); 401(k) plans; and Transportation fringe benefit plans. The IRS typically announces … Continued

WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT VOTING

Due to COVID-19, this year’s election may be especially challenging. Long lines, distant ballot drop boxes, and childcare arrangements may add to the time people need away from work to vote. Even where it’s possible to vote by mail or absentee ballot, experts anticipate that many people will still want to vote in person, so … Continued

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

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

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

Telemedicine and COVID

Telemedicine and the Coronavirus As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases rises daily, hospitals and medical care providers are overwhelmed with phone calls and in-person visits. Telemedicine and telehealth services are emerging as viable solutions to help lessen the burden on health care facilities and staff, while still providing individuals with the … Continued

Sample FURLOUGH LETTER (COVID-19)

Below please find a sample (from ThinkHR) letter for Furloughing employees.  Customize for your personal needs. [date]   [employee name and address]   Re: Notice of Furlough   Dear [employee name],   We regret to inform you that because of the current level of work available as a result of COVID-19, we have opted to … Continued

Pet Insurance | CA Employee Benefits Agents

We’ve all heard the saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” and we know it’s true! Pets give us unconditional love, companionship, and joy. But, are we willing to pay the price when a hefty vet bill comes along? Pet insurance may help you stomach that unexpected emergency room charge due to Fluffy’s uncanny … Continued

Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | California Employee Benefits

Right now our national unemployment rate is 3.7%–edging towards a 50-year low. With this low rate, companies are actually finding it increasingly harder to hire and retain great talent. One way to combat this issue is by increasing employee engagement through volunteering. In survey after survey, employees state that they want to work for companies … Continued

Volunteering Time Off, Part 1 | California Employee Benefits

Volunteering Time Off, or VTO, has become a buzz topic for many companies as of late. It involves encouraging employees to take time off from their job to plug in to their community and the nonprofits that support it. Let’s delve in deeper to understand what VTO looks like. Typical VTO policies allot for 8 … Continued

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