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GIVEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SHOULD WE CANCEL OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY?

Question Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party? Answer We would certainly recommend not having an in-person event this year, which could put your company, employees, customers, and community at risk. If your event spreads the virus, your employees could become sick, much of your workforce may need to quarantine, and … Continued

HOW TO SUPPORT A GRIEVING EMPLOYEE

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to … Continued

WHY TERMINATION ALWAYS COMES WITH RISK

Question I’ve heard it said that termination always comes with risk. What does that mean? Answer It means there’s always a risk that a terminated employee could make an issue of the termination, claiming that it was discriminatory or based on some other illegal reason. (There’s also the risk that they will bad-mouth your organization … 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

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

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