In the Know: Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a major strain on every aspect of daily life around the world. As spread of the disease shows no sign of slowing down, there is a steadily increasing concern in the United States regarding the health and wellness of not only our citizens, but the economy as well. In response, the United States Congress has been negotiating a historic stimulus package to address the havoc caused by the pandemic.  

Live Well, Work Well – April 2020

Topics Include:
• Laughter May be a Key in Fighting Workplace Stress
• Are You Getting Enough Calcium?
• Top 5 Calcium-rich Foods
Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Your Workday Hunger
•Recipe: Citrus Salad

Benefits Buzz – April 2020

Topics Include:
• U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to ACA
• No Statute of Limitations Applies for ACA Pay or Play Penalties

HR Brief – April 2020

Topics Include:
• NLRB Issues New Joint-Employer Final Rule
• Coronaviruses and the Workplace

Legal Update: No Statute of Limitations Applies for ACA Pay or Play Penalties

On Feb. 21, 2020, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel released a memorandum clarifying that there is no applicable statute of limitations on pay or play penalty assessments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This means that there is no time limit for the IRS to issue a penalty assessment for employers that do not comply with the pay or play rules for a given year.

ACA Compliance Bulletin: HHS Extends Transition Policy for Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans

On Jan. 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2021. However, all noncompliant plans renewed under this extended transition policy must come into compliance by Jan. 1, 2022.

Legal Update: U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to the ACA

On March 2, 2020, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case involved is Texas v. Azar, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate.

Legal Update: NLRB Issues New Joint-Employer Final Rule

On Feb. 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a new joint-employer final rule, which  becomes effective Apr. 27, 2020 and applies to labor issues related to the National Labor Relations Act.