Agencies Extend Deadline to Pay COBRA Premiums and Certain Other ERISA and Internal Revenue Codes Due to COVID-19

April 30, 2020
The impacts of the COVID-19 National Emergency, as declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, have been vast.  As a result, many employers and employees are struggling to meet their various filing, notice, election, or other deadlines.  In order to ease this burden on employers, plans... Find out more »

COVID-19 and Cafeteria Plan Considerations

April 27, 2020
This legal alert was updated May 13, 2020. A cafeteria plan, or Section 125 plan, sometimes referred to as a POP plan, allows employees to pay for certain expenses on a pretax basis. Employees choose between a taxable benefit (cash, typically distributed via payroll) and two or more pre-tax... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to the way we communicate with our coworkers, friends and family.  Never has listening been more important than it is right now.  As we focus on listening fully, listening with focus and listening with the true intent to understand and not just... Find out more »

NYS Notice: Small Group Blanket Comprehensive Health Insurance Policies

April 21, 2020
Notice for Individual, Small Group and Student Blanket Comprehensive Health Insurance Policies Dear Policyholder, A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

April 20, 2020
As we all adapt to new rhythms of working from home and social distancing, it's important that we stay on top of our wellbeing. Each week we're putting together a fresh list of wellbeing resources that target reach of the six categories of holistic wellbeing: career, social, financial,... Find out more »

Tax Credits Under FFCRA: Qualified Leave Wages & Health Plan Expenses

April 13, 2020
This content was last reviewed on April 14, 2020. Employers who are uncertain about how to calculate their qualified health plan expenses and qualified leave wages should consult with their legal counsel or financial adviser. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)... Find out more »

Who Is Eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) Coverage & Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) Coverage?

Download this scenario chart HERE. To be eligible for benefits, three criteria must be met:  Employer must have work for the employee; Employer and employee must agree on a work schedule; Employee must have a qualifying reason (see FFCRA FAQs for details) Joey... Find out more »

Implementing Workplace Controls During COVID-19

This article was adapted from the COVID-19 in the Construction Industry webinar on April 9, 2020. To watch the full webinar, click here. During the COVID-19 outbreak, when it may not be possible to eliminate the hazard, the most effective protection measures are engineering controls,... Find out more »

COVID-19, Remote Working and Cyber Attacks

April 10, 2020
Amid the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses are devoting most of their attention to finances — and with good reason. The disruption caused by the pandemic threatens their very existence. So the questions insurance agents are hearing most often... Find out more »

COVID-19 & Construction: Classifying Worker Exposure

April 9, 2020
How an Outbreak Could Affect the Workplaces This article was adapted from the COVID-19 in the Construction Industry webinar on April 9, 2020.  To watch the full webinar, click here. In the absence of a vaccine, an outbreak may also be an extended event. As a result, workplaces may... Find out more »