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COVID-19’s Impact on the Unemployment System

One of COVID’s most severe impacts was on the unemployment system. The system became incredibly complex to navigate due to significant changes at the federal and state levels. Even today, with the federal benefits having expired, the system still seems unfamiliar and tangled.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Notice Required for the End of COBRA Premium Assistance

This update is regarding the COBRA premium subsidy mandated by the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 (ARPA) and the notice regarding the availability of the subsidy.

ARPA COBRA: IRS Provides Guidance on Tax Breaks

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for COBRA continuation health coverage.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, COBRA, and Required Notices

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes provisions that immediately impact employers subject to COBRA. For employees or beneficiaries who involuntarily incur a loss of coverage due to termination of employment or reduction of hours from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 ARPA subsidizes the COBRA premium payment through September 30, 2021. For employees or beneficiaries who involuntarily incurred a loss of coverage between November 1, 2019 and April 1, 2021, and who either did not elect COBRA or allowed it to lapse, ARPA creates a current opportunity to elect (or re-elect) COBRA prospectively.

Deadline for Economic Furloughs

To effectuate an economic furlough, the board of directors of a school district must, no later than 60 days prior to the adoption of a final budget, adopt a resolution of intent to furlough professional employees in the following fiscal year. As school districts are required to adopt final budgets by June 30th, the possible last day to adopt the economic furlough resolution is May 1st.

CARES Act Retirement Plan Relief

The CARES Act permits greater access to retirement plan distributions and loans, and a one-year waiver of the Internal Revenue Code’s required minimum distribution rules. Employer sponsors of retirement plans may amend their plans to adopt the relief measures afforded by the CARES Act.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Obligations

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) which will provide some relief to certain American workers and employers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. There are two sections of the Act which require covered employers to provide eligible employees with paid leave for reasons related to the pandemic: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

BREAKING NEWS: DOL's New "White Collar" Overtime Rule is Placed on Hold

Yesterday (November 22, 2016), a federal judge in Texas granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction blocking, at least temporarily, the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new rule which amended certain regulations to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and was to take effect on December 1, 2016.

Breaking News from the Dept of Labor: Final Rule on Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations has just been announced.

Employers: Get Ready For New Overtime Regulations

Earlier this year, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor and the DOL to reform the current "white collar" exemptions to increase the number of persons entitled to overtime under the FLSA. The finalized rules are expected to take effect in or near June, 2016.

Bona Fide Orientation Periods and the ACA

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly altered the landscape of employment and employee benefits, and new final regulations promulgated by the federal government continue that trend.

Affordable Care Act Final Regulations: Part I Overview

On February 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations are effective for periods after December 31, 2014, but may be relied on at the present time. This overview will provide a summary of the regulations and subsequent articles will address specifics.

Allowable Confidentiality of Internal Investigations Narrows

Conducting investigations in the workplace may now be more difficult for employers thanks to a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”).

Fourteen Employees at Florida Law Firm Fired For Wearing Orange Shirts

In a story that has made recent headline news, approximately fourteen employees of the Elizabeth R. Wellborn Law Firm in Deerfield Beach Florida were fired on Friday, March 16 for wearing orange shirts.

Arbitration Agreement Scrutinized by the Third Circuit

Agreements compelling employees to submit employment-related claims to arbitration have become a standard part of many employment contracts.

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