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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline iconMassachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Become Available on January 1, 2021

"Action items for employers: [1] Determine whether you qualify for a PFMLA exemption, and if so, submit your application. [2] Calculate the number of your covered employees ... make appropriate payroll withholdings; ensure timely completion of quarterly filings. [3] Review your company's policies on medical and family leave to ensure compliance ... [4] Prominently hang the PFMLA poster in your physical workspace and provide translated posters ... [5] Provide written notice to your Massachusetts employees about PFMLA benefits available and retain an acknowledgement of their review of the notice." Icon to read more

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

[Guidance Overview]

Employer Health Plans Must Pay the Cost of a COVID-19 Vaccine

"The CARES Act requires group health plans to provide first-dollar coverage of COVID-19 vaccines within 15 business days after the vaccine receives an 'A' or 'B' rating from the United States Preventive Services Task Force or receives a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC.... [G]roup health plans and insurers must pay the full cost of COVID-19 vaccines regardless of whether administered in- or out-of-network." Icon to read more

McAfee & Taft

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New Maine Earned Paid Leave Law: Requirements for Employers

"[E]mployers must be prepared to implement the new Maine Earned Paid Leave Law (EPL), effective January 1, 2021. The EPL law requires employers with more than 10 employees in Maine, for more than 120 days in any calendar year, to permit eligible employees to earn one [1] hour of earned time for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year." Icon to read more

Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, LLC

Pitfalls for HSA-Eligible Employees with at Least One Other Family Member Covered Under the HDHP

"The most difficult disqualifying coverage issue is the health FSA because participants can reimburse pre-deductible expenses for both the employee and the spouse. The result is that if either spouse is enrolled in a general purpose health FSA, neither spouse is HSA-eligible. They can still be covered by an HDHP, but they cannot make or receive HSA contributions." Icon to read more

ABD Insurance & Financial Services

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Proactive Employer Measures for Avoiding Coronavirus-Related Benefits Litigation

"Investment decisions for retirement plans ... Benefits for laid off or furloughed employees  ... Benefits notifications for separating employees ... Changes to COVID-19-related benefits strategy." Icon to read more

Hall Benefits Law

Are Your Post-Pandemic Employee Benefit Plans Ready?

"As we come out of the initial shock of the COVID-19 crisis, it's time to get proactive again. That means helping employers to take a hard look at benefits utilization, headcounts and permanent changes to employment policies." Icon to read more

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