Wisdom Workplace Webinar: Today's Lessons, Tomorrow's Workplace - Understanding the Future of Benefits

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 10:05 AM

Thursday, June 3, 2021
3:00 p.m. Eastern time

This insightful webinar from The Hartford is an outstanding opportunity to stay on top of the benefit and workplace trends emerging from the pandemic. As a leading provider in Absence, Life, Disability, and Supplemental Health Insurance solutions,

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Learning Events, COVID-19

Compliance Recap - April 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, May 17, 2021 @ 09:05 AM

April was a busy month in the benefits industry, largely due to the temporary 100% COBRA subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021 (the ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Employer Tax Credit for Vaccination Leave

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, May 7, 2021 @ 11:05 AM

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

FAQ About COBRA Premium Assistance Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), issued FAQs written for the benefit of participants and beneficiaries regarding the temporary 100% COBRA Subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021 (the ARP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

The DOL Issues ARPA COBRA Subsidy Forms

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the much-awaited COBRA Model Notices required under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), implementing the 100% COBRA Subsidy for eligible individuals.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Compliance Recap - March 2021

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

The employee benefits guidance issued in March 2021 was largely focused on providing relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Significantly, on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) was enacted into law which, in part, mandates that eligible individuals receive a six-month 100% COBRA.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

IRS Notice 2020-21 Relief from Certain Taxpayer Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Apr 5, 2021 @ 09:04 AM

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2021-21 (Notice) that extends the deadline for filing income returns on Form 1040, Form 1040-SR, Form 1040-NR, Form 1040-PR, Form 1040-SS, or Form 1040 (SP).

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Apr 1, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

3/24/2021 Update: CMS has extended the new special enrollment period for marketplaces using the Heathcare.gov platform until August 15, 2021. See the updated CMS FAQs for more information.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 - Part 2 - DCAPs and Exchange Health Insurance

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 @ 09:03 AM

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Act). The Act is a $1.9 trillion legislative package, which contains several provisions intended to relieve employers and families from some of the economic burdens associated with COVID-19.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, COVID-19

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 - Part 1 - COBRA Premium Assistance

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 @ 11:03 AM

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Act). The Act is a $1.9 trillion legislative package that includes pandemic relief for individuals and families.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, COVID-19