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IRS Issues Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance

May 19, 2021

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2021-31, Premium Assistance for COBRA Benefits. This 41-page document makes clear that in the case of fully-insured health plans, the IRS will treat the employer as the entity providing the … Continued

FFCRA Not Extended; Expires December 31, 2020

December 22, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), passed in March as the federal government’s first response to the COVID-19 crisis, is a law with many parts. The Emergency Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act … Continued

May a Public Employer Require Vaccination Against COVID-19?

December 20, 2020

UPDATED MARCH 25, 2021 Every year many employers choose to require employees to undergo vaccination against seasonal influenza (flu). This year, however, a different decision will confront employers: whether to require employees to undergo vaccination against COVID-19. The flu vaccine … Continued

Revised FFCRA Regulations Effective September 16, 2020

September 30, 2020

On September 16, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published revisions to its Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) regulations in the Federal Register. The revisions were made in response to an August 3, 2020 ruling by a … Continued