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  • State Health Coverage Reporting Requirements
    The chart below summarizes the new state and local health coverage reporting requirements that apply to certain employers for health coverage they provided to their employees during the 2020 calendar year. These requirements are separate and in addition to any Form 1094 or 1095 health coverage reporting requirements employers may have. Locale Who is Required […]
  • Natural Disasters – How to Handle Employees
    What is the standard for paying an employee after a natural disaster? Below outlines the reduced quarantine options:  When the company closes due to inclement weather, non-exempt employees (those who are entitled to overtime) need to be paid only for actual hours worked. For non-exempt employees, the company may: Pay the employee for the time, even […]
  • Year-End Appropriations Legislation
    Year-End Appropriations Legislation Includes Many Changes Impacting Group Health Benefit Plans At the end of 2020, Congress passed, and the former President signed a Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) that included many provisions impacting employer-sponsored group health plans within its 5,000+pages. The highlights include:ards Act (FLSA). Health FSA and DCAP Relief: Adding to the relief granted […]
  • DOL New Classifiction Regs
    DOL Finalizes New Worker Classification Regs The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule earlier this month on January 6, 2021, clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sharpening the test to determine who is an independent contractor under the FLSA makes it easier to identify employees covered by the […]
  • Employee Handbooks – Are Updates for 2021 Needed?
    It is always a good idea to review your Employee Handbook annually to ensure policies and practices are aligned and remain applicable.  With the Covid-19 pandemic shifting many practices, employers are encouraged to consider a few key areas and determine whether their Handbook should be updated going forward into 2021. I. Remote-Work Rules With many state and local stay-at-home orders along […]
  • COVID Relief Bill: Tax Credits for Paid Leave Extended to March 31
    *** Things are changing day to day.  Please check back for updates. A new $900 billion coronavirus relief bill has become law and answers the question of whether federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave (EFMLA) will be extended.unced new guidelines for domestic travel and revised its quarantine recommendations.  The answer is […]
  • CDC Reduces Quarantine for Travel
    On December 2, 2020, the CDC announced new guidelines for domestic travel and revised its quarantine recommendations.  Below outlines the reduced quarantine options:  Under the new guidelines: ∙  If an individual has been exposed to the virus and does not get tested for the virus, the person need only quarantine for 10 days (rather than the previous 14) if the […]
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  • Don’t panic. There is still time. Just be on the watch for important messages from your bank.
    The PPP Loan forgiveness application forms (3508, 2508EZ, and 3508S) show an expiration date on the upper right corner.  That is purely for SBA internal compliance with the Paper Reduction Act and reflects only a temporary expiration date.  The date will be extended and when the forms are approved, new forms will be posted with […]
  • ACA State Individual Mandates
    What a year 2020 has been and continues to be.  Is anyone else ready to ring in 2021 just to say goodbye to the mess that 2020 has been?  With that said, there are still some things in 2020 that can’t be washed away with the passing into a new year.  The Affordable Care Act […]
  • IRS Releases Draft 2020 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
    The IRS recently published the draft instructions for the 2020 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. As a reminder, applicable large employers (ALEs) are responsible for completing this reporting by the following deadlines: Furnishing deadline for 2020 Forms 1095-C is March 2, 2021 (extended from January 31, 2021 per IRS Notice 2020-76). Filing deadline for 2020 Forms […]
  • IRS Releases Draft 2020 Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B
    The IRS recently published the draft instructions for the 2020 Forms 1094-B and 1095-B. As a reminder, small employers with self-insured health coverage are responsible for completing this reporting by the following deadlines: Furnishing deadline for 2020 Forms 1095-B is March 2, 2021 (extended from January 31, 2021 per IRS Notice 2020-76). Filing deadline for […]
  • New Deadline & Final Year of Good Faith Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting
    The IRS recently addressed 2020 Form 1094 and 1095 reporting requirements, which apply to self-insured employers and applicable large employers (ALEs) in IRS Notice 2020-76, and include the following important developments: The furnishing deadline for 2020 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C is extended to March 2, 2021 (from January 31, 2021). The filing deadlines for 2020 […]
  • The IRS is open for business again.
    The IRS is open for business again. Employer Shared Responsibility Payments are now being assessed again on 2017’ tax year.  Don’t forget to offer to 95% of those eligible and make it affordable or face these letters. And if you do all these things, remember to report it correctly on your 10-5/1094 reporting Over reporting […]
  • FWAHU Sales Symposium
    Our very own Sharon Alt, Senior Client Liason is leading a CE Class: Employer Reporting – Whose job is it? at the annual FWAHU Sales Symposium DATES COMING SOON. Check out the link in Comments to register now! #FWAHU (REGISTER HERE) ETC Companies is here to assist. For more information, please reach out to info@etctracking.com.
  • IRS Publishes Adjusted 4980H Penalties for 2021
    The IRS recently published the indexed adjustments to the employer shared responsibility penalties that apply to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for the 2021 calendar year, which include: 4980H(a): $2,700 (up from $2,570 for 2020) when the ALE fails to minimum essential coverage (MEC) to at least 95% of full-time employees and dependents and at least one full-time […]
  • DOL Release New Back-to-School FFCRA Guidance
    After it became clear that not all schools would be fully reopening for the new school year, employers and employees alike have been wondering how the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) would apply in the variety of new schooling scenarios. Yesterday, the DOL released several new Questions and Answers that address those issues, quoted below: Question 98: […]
  • Protected: Option Two – ACA 2020 – CHECKLIST
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  • ACA Penalties for Applicable Large Employers
    Are you more vulnerable than you think when it comes to IRS ACA Penalties?  Even in 2020 the IRS continues to enforce and collect penalties. Click (here) to download our paper.
  • Protected: Option One – ACA 2020 – CHECKLIST
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