EEOC Announces 2021 Collection Schedule for EEO-1, Other Reports

2021-04-06T02:45:51+00:00

On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will open four equal employment opportunity (EEO) data collections in 2021. The agency had previously delayed EEO collections in May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Reporting will now resume according to the following schedule: April 2021: Private employers and federal [...]

EEOC Announces 2021 Collection Schedule for EEO-1, Other Reports2021-04-06T02:45:51+00:00

Executive Order Issued to Strengthen the ACA

2021-04-06T03:05:40+00:00

On Jan. 28, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that is intended to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. Exchange Special Enrollment Period This executive order directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider establishing a special enrollment period through Federally Facilitated Exchanges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) [...]

Executive Order Issued to Strengthen the ACA2021-04-06T03:05:40+00:00

DOL Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

2021-04-06T03:06:08+00:00

On Feb. 26, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 to provide guidance on the duration of the COVID-19-related relief regarding certain employee benefit plan deadlines during the Outbreak Period. The relief requires employers to disregard the Outbreak Period when enforcing certain employee benefit plan deadlines [...]

DOL Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans2021-04-06T03:06:08+00:00

Exchange Special Enrollment Provided Due to COVID-19

2021-04-06T03:06:38+00:00

On Jan. 28, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new special enrollment period (SEP) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through Exchanges using the federal www.HealthCare.gov platform. States using their own Exchange platforms are strongly encouraged to make a similar SEP available in their states. Overview of the COVID-19 SEP [...]

Exchange Special Enrollment Provided Due to COVID-192021-04-06T03:06:38+00:00

DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test

2021-04-06T03:07:02+00:00

On Sept. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to clarify how employers should classify their workers as either employees or independent contractors. Accurate worker classification enables employers to determine which obligations, protections, rights and benefits apply to their employees under the law. Economic Realities Test Currently, there is no [...]

DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test2021-04-06T03:07:02+00:00

Agency FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Coverage

2021-04-06T03:07:27+00:00

On Feb. 26, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance to clarify health coverage requirements related to COVID-19. Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Health plans and issuers must cover COVID-19 diagnostic items and services without cost-sharing. The FAQs explain that plans and issuers: May not use [...]

Agency FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Coverage2021-04-06T03:07:27+00:00

2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Partially Finalized

2021-04-06T03:07:47+00:00

On Jan. 19, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2022 that finalized some of the standards included in the proposed notice issued at the end of 2020. The NBPP describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that apply [...]

2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Partially Finalized2021-04-06T03:07:47+00:00
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