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 »

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 »

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 »

Notice for Certain NY Property & Casualty Policies

April 7, 2020
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 State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and give... Find out more »

Notice for NY Life Policies, Annuity Contracts, and Fraternal Benefit Society Certificates

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 State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and give... Find out more »

Legal Alert: Congress Passes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

April 1, 2020
On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act comes as a continued response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that is significantly impacting the United States. The Act is a $2.2 trillion economic package that... Find out more »

Legal Alert: How Does FMLA and EFMLEA Apply to Leaves?

March 31, 2020
This alert was revised on April 10, 2020.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has released several updates to their Families First Coronavirus Response Act Questions and Answers. Clarification was provided on how FMLA and EFMLEA apply to leaves and the 12-month period. A link to the Q&A is... Find out more »

Legal Alert: What Employers are Subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

Updated 04/01/20 Which Employers Are Subject To The Act? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. That law includes the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA). The benefits and... Find out more »

Legal Alert: FFCRA Employee Notice

March 26, 2020
The Department of Labor (DOL) released the notice that employers are required to post in their workplaces in relation to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). A copy of the notice can be downloaded by clicking here. While the notice technically must be posted in a... Find out more »