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Individual Coverage HRAs Gain Appeal Among Employers

By Benefits & Insurance, Employee Retention, Employment News

The recent U.S. Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act extended subsidies for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by another three years. In other words, the ACA is here to stay. How the ACA affects small businesses The ACA established the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for small employers (generally those with 1–50 employees) who want to provide health and dental coverage to their employees. Under SHOP, employers can decide between…

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Georgia Law Imposes Penalties for Improper Employee Classification

By Employment Law, Employment News

Georgia’s new Act 809 (H.B. 389), effective July 1, 2022, seeks to tighten the distinction between employees and independent contractors. By expanding the definition of employee, more workers will be able to claim unemployment benefits. Act 809 changes the definition of employment to include any services an individual performs for wages, which would apply to most workers. Act 809 classifies workers as contractors only if they are autonomous and unrestricted in the performance of services….

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Vaccine Mandate Looms for Employers

By COVID-19, Employment Law, Employment News, OSHA Regulations, Vaccine Mandates

Under the federal vaccine mandate announced by the Biden administration, many large employers will be required to have their workers vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID-19 testing. The current deadline for compliance is January 4, but the situation is a moving target. On Saturday, November 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit halted the requirements pending their review. Republican attorneys general in at least 26 states have challenged President Biden’s vaccine and…

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Vaccine Mandates Go into Effect for Certain Health Care Workers

By Employment Law, Employment News, Vaccine Mandates

In conjunction with the federal vaccine mandate announced for employers with 100 employees or more, the Biden Administration has announced that employees of health care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The emergency regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is intended to protect health care workers on the front lines of fighting the virus from getting the virus themselves, while also providing assurances to…

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Federal Contractors Subject to Latest Vaccine Mandate

By Employment Law, Employment News, Vaccine Mandates

Along with the federal vaccine mandate announced by the Biden Administration for employers with 100 employees or more, the White House has announced that federal contractors will now fall under the same requirements. Previously, the administration announced vaccine requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors in September. According to the latest Fact Sheet, federal contractors may have some workplaces subject to the requirements for federal contractors and other workplaces subject to the newly-released COVID-19 Vaccination and…

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How can an employer be prepared for accident reporting?

By Employment Law, Employment News, OSHA Regulations, Risk Management & Safety

Each February 1 through April 30, employers are required to display OSHA Form 300A, which is a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. If there are multiple locations, a business is required to complete a Form 300 and 300A for each physical establishment. Form 300A should be posted in a visible location where employees can view accident totals for their specific workplace site. Both Form 300 and Form 301 must be…

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Student Loan Repayment Now a Tax-Free Benefit

By Employee Retention, Employment News

There has been much said about the deferral of student loan repayment provided under the CARES Act, but less attention paid to the option for employer-provided student loan repayment assistance. Both benefits have or were scheduled to expire until The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), passed at the end of 2020, extended the CARES Act student loan provisions to allow employers to make tax-exempt loan-repayment contributions of up to $5,250 through 2025. Employers looking for…

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Combat Burnout and Retain Valuable Workers with Sustainable Relief Options

By Employee Retention, Employment News

More than a year after the start of the pandemic, the nation is overjoyed to see a return to normalcy and social interactions. However, employers are finding more and more employees suffering from burnout than ever and the costs may be high. Front-line and essential workers were hit hard over the last year, working increased hours in stressful situations while the rest of the world seemed to watch from the safety of home. Now that…

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Businesses Hopeful as More States End Extended Unemployment Benefits

By Employment News, Hiring

Georgia businesses breathed a sigh of relief as the state joined others in ending extended federal pandemic unemployment benefits on June 27, 2021. At least 26 states are either planning to end or have already ended the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit before its September expiration date. As of June 24, almost 93,000 Georgians received extended benefits through the PEUC program. It is too early to say whether reducing unemployment benefits has improved current staffing…

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ARPA Provides 100% Employer Credit, Expands COBRA Enrollment Rights

By Employment Law, Employment News

Beginning April 1, 2021 and continuing through September 30, 2021, group health plans providing COBRA continuation coverage are required to offer a 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for individuals eligible for COBRA due to involuntary termination or reduction in hours. The premium subsidy is advanced by the employer and is not taxable to the former employee. Employers will be reimbursed via a refundable credit against their Medicare payroll tax liability. Individuals without a COBRA election…

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