On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury, as well as the Office of Personnel Management, issued interim final rules for Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I (“Rules”).
The global pandemic exacerbated issues that employees may have already been struggling with—in particular, caregiving. Whether it is responsibility for a child, parent, relative, partner or pet, caregiving is the unpaid work your employees must do when they finish their workdays.
It’s business as usual for many states, as they continue to forge ahead with their paid family and medical leave programs amidst the ongoing pandemic. 2021 holds several key milestones for both Massachusetts and Connecticut and having an awareness for emerging state legislation is critical in ensuring your organization is compliant. Whether you outsource programs or manage in-house, understanding the program and your employer responsibilities, engaging business partners and employment counsel, and researching and determining how these programs interact with other leaves and paid benefits will set your organization up for success.
The 2021 Research and Compliance webinar schedule is now available to view. Registration information for each webinar will be made available closer to the event. Please note; additional webinars may be added due to legislative changes, rulings, guidance, or other developments impacting employee benefits.
For many of us, the experience of working entirely from home is a new one. It has required us to rethink the way we work and function as a team. Many of the routines, patterns, practices, and processes we have created over time are no longer effective, and we’ve had to institute new means of collaborating, getting our work done, and elevating the people around us.
Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to go through it and get through it. Grief is also a unique experience for each person. Everyone has their own path through its stages, and what helped one person work through their grief may not help another.
On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) released final rules for Association Health Plans (AHP). In summary, the final rules will allow small businesses, including self-employed workers, to band together by geography or industry to obtain healthcare coverage as if they were a single large employer. The intent is to provide greater negotiating power for coverage that is typically only available to large employers.
The impact of long-term remote work is far-reaching, with the potential to permanently change how business is conducted. As many employees are entering their sixth month of remote work, how you manage your workforce is as important now as it was when we abruptly went home in the spring. Your specific response will depend on your culture, employees and nature of your work. Paying close attention to your ongoing plan will aid in keeping employees engaged and in your company’s overall success.