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  • HR Employer Compliance Partners:
    The EEO-1 Reporting is open now through July 19, 2021. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open (the collection had been delayed because of COVID-19). Employers that are required to file have until Monday, July 19, 2021, to submit both years of data. Pay data is not […]
  • ARPA & the COBRA Subsidy – What We Know Today
    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is aimed at providing COVID-19 relief and included significant impacts for employee benefits. One such benefit is the COBRA Subsidy for Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs). Though the DOL has released new Model COBRA Notices and FAQs, many unanswered questions remain.  As ETC continues to monitor additional guidance, employers are […]
  • SAAHU – HR Attorney Panel Discussion
    Brokers and Human Resources, Does it Mix? WHEN Wednesday, April 21st 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM TICKETS $10.00 Member $15.00 Non-Member Panelist: Elizabeth Raggio, JD. Maricia Meyer, Dir of HR Services Alicia J Haff, JD. Why attend? 1-Hour CE – Panel Discussion with Q&A from ETC Companies attorneys on the hottest HR questions. Protect your agency […]
  • Recreational Cannabis Now Legal in Arizona
    Recreational cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) is now legal and available for sale in Arizona. The new law specifically states that employers may prohibit cannabis under their drug policies, which means you don’t need to let employees use cannabis at work, and you can still require that employees or applicants test negative for THC (the active compound […]
  • Mothers Against Cancer
    Mothers Against Cancer (M.A.C.) is a non-profit registered charity (501c3), made up of volunteer mothers from the Kingwood (Houston suburb) area. The goal of M.A.C. is to raise children’s cancer research funds specifically for the cancer unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. Over three million dollars later, Mothers Against Cancer continues to be a leader in […]
  • COVID RELIEF LEGISLATION INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
    Congress passed and President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) providing $1.9 trillion in a sweeping COVID-19 relief package. This legislation contains several provisions that directly impact employee benefits and require urgent attention by employers to implement changes on short notice. The highlights include: Eligible Cobra individuals may now have coverage at no […]
  • IRS Enforcing 4980H Penalties for 2018 Tax Year
    The IRS recently began issuing 226J letters proposing 4980H penalties against Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for the 2018 tax year. As a reminder, the IRS bases these penalty amounts from two sources – health coverage information reported by ALEs on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and subsidized exchange enrollment information reported by the Healthcare Marketplace. 2018 […]
  • 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 […]