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IRS Issues Key ARPA Subsidy FAQs

On May 18, 2021, the IRS released FAQs regarding COBRA and state continuation premium subsidies. As a reminder, these subsidies required to be paid 100% for assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).ARPA gives an enrollment opportunity for..

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IRS Guidance Related to Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave Released

On April 29, 2021, the IRS issued guidance that gives clarifying information regarding employer tax credits available for voluntary paid sick and family leave made available under ARPA. ARPA extends tax credits to eligible employers for providing paid sick and family leave from April 1, 2021..

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Anxiety - The #1 Mental Health Disorder

Anxiety tops the list of mental illnesses, affecting approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. (18% of the U.S. population). Sometimes being number one isn’t worth celebrating. Instead, it is worth exploring, understanding, and finding ways to open communication with those suffering. Anxiety..

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Designing Employee Benefits to Attract and Retain Older Workers

Older workers are an increasingly important component of the workforce. Beyond the knowledge and experience they bring to your organization, they typically are very reliable workers and play a valuable role in mentoring those with less experience.

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Getting Vaccinated Will Not Impact Life Insurance Policies

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin has issued a press release in response to inaccurate statements on social media that payment of life insurance benefits would be impacted by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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A Fresh Look at an Old Benefit: Employer-Sponsored Group Life Insurance

If you are like many of us in the human resources practice, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a higher than normal number of employer-sponsored life insurance claims. Or, perhaps the absence of employer-sponsored life insurance at your company has now been recognized as a gap in benefits..

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A Dynamic Duo: Employee Benefits & Worker's Compensation

As an HR professional, your employees’ health is a top priority. Everything from physical health, mental health, productivity, and engagement are major contributing factors to running your organization effectively. Employee benefits and worker's compensation have a great deal of common ground..

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100% COBRA Subsidies Under American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) H.R.1319.

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DOL Guidance on COBRA/HIPAA Outbreak Period Relief

In April 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, which provided an extension from certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, retro-active back to March 1, 2020. Under the extension, the applicable timelines were essentially paused until the earlier of..

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Employers Offering Individual Coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) Must Consider “Affordability”

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Employee Benefits

For employers that are offering an ICHRA, keep in mind that an ICHRA has to be “affordable” in order to avoid an employer mandate penalty. An ICHRA offer is considered "affordable" to employees if, based on the employee's income and the ICHRA contribution, they are able to purchase the..

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