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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

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

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

CA executive order regarding evictions for renters- COVID-19

  Click this link to be taken to the executive order regarding the temporary pause on evictions through May 31st and under what circumstances it applies. Here are a few highlights courtesy of the City of Carlsbad. ****** State of CA exec order re evictions  **** Evictions halted until May 31 Statewide order For renters … Continued

San Diego Relief and support

Economic Assistance for San Diego Businesses Affected by COVID-19 To ensure the resiliency of local businesses and assist in job retention, the City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. The goal of the SBRF is to help … Continued

List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

March 20, 2020 On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect … Continued

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