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Sue Thomas

Director, Contracts & Compliance. Sue has more than 30 years of intensive, hands-on experience working with a wide variety of employee benefit plans. As the Director of Contracts and Compliance, Sue is responsible for the management of all BSG® client contracts, including insured contracts, service contracts, and self-insured contracts as well as ensuring that these materials comply with all applicable state and federal benefit regulations. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sue has completed the RHU program, six CEBS courses and holds a Life and Health agent license.

Recent Posts

IRS Issues Guidance on Leave Donation Programs and COVID-19

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

The IRS issued Notice 2020-46 permitting employers to make deductible cash payments before January 1, 2021 to charitable organizations providing relief to victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in exchange for sick, vacation or personal leave which their employees forgo.

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3 Tips for a Successful Virtual Open Enrollment – Video

This video offers employers three tips for a successful virtual open enrollment.

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Chart of Flex Plan Changes

Keeping track of what is required and what is optional for flexible spending account plans can get confusing. This chart pulls everything together. When deciding whether you want to allow any of the optional items, keep in mind that you’ll need to work with your third party administrator to..

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IRS Relaxes Election Change, Other Rules for Cafeteria Plans and FSAs

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

Plan sponsors now have the option of expanding mid-year election change opportunities, carry-overs and grace periods. When reviewing the options, keep in mind that any change made to your cafeteria plan requires an amendment. Details about the new, temporary rules are provided by our partners at..

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Do We Need a Plan Amendment for That?

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

The legal team at Foley & Lardner posted an article discussing the need for plan amendments considering changes to COBRA, over-the-counter drugs and other benefit items. Mid-year election changes for cafeteria plans aren’t mentioned, so it is worth noting that if you choose to allow the expanded..

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Newest DOL Publication Adds FAQs 89 Through 93

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) added five new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help employers comply with requirements set by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new questions address a variety of topics, including:

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Thomson Reuters Has a Free Online Tool for SBA Loan Eligibility

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

On April 30th, Thomson Reuters announced a five-question online tool to help companies of fewer than 500 employees determine eligibility for loan assistance through the Small Business Administration. This tool is free to use, with no registration or email required. When visiting the site, you..

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New Guidance from EEOC Addresses Return to Work Issues

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

On April 17, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance, primarily focusing on considerations for the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and COVID-19. The guidance includes FAQs about reasonable accommodations, use of protective gear, and undue hardships.  This..

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: New DOL Questions and Answers

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

Please be aware that as of April 20, 2020 there are now 88 Questions & Answers on the Department of Labor's FFCRA website. Below is the list of the nine newly added questions. Click here to see the full list on the Department of Labor website.

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Questions and Answers About Dependent Care Accounts

Author: Sue Thomas

Category: COVID-19

On March 23, our blog included an entry to remind employers that employees losing their daycare arrangement could adjust their contributions to a dependent care account (DCAP). This reminder bears repeating, as new lay-offs and furloughs continue. There is only a 30-day window from the date of..

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