Tag Archives: Benefits and Leave Administration

New York Paid Family Leave Rates for 2021

New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) contribution and benefit amounts increase in January. The New York State Department of Financial Services has announced that for calendar year 2021, employers may deduct 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage, up to an annual cap of $385.34, to pay the premium cost for PFL. Effective January 1, 2021, […]

Reminder: COBRA Extensions Are Still in Effect

In April, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint notice providing for the extension of COBRA election and premium payments. The Notice stated that certain deadlines under COBRA, from the period beginning March 1, 2020, and ending 60 days following the announced end of the National Emergency (“outbreak period”) […]

Update on New York Paid Sick Leave Policy

As the New York Paid Sick Leave (NYPSL) is now in effect, employers should have begun employee accruals on September 30. Employees will become eligible to use accrued sick leave on January 1, 2021. The state still has not issued its final regulations and guidance which are expected to address many unanswered questions related to […]

DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued questions and answers (Q&As) on when federal contractors must include Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or Executive Order 13706 fringe benefits or their monetary equivalent for workers taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The SCA and DBA require certain federal contractors to […]

Leave Allowed Only When In-Person Learning Is Not an Option

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions (FAQs) about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in different school reopening situations, including those that offer hybrid learning, which blends in-person with distance learning. The FFCRA allows certain employees to take up to two […]

NY Federal Court Partly Strikes Down FFCRA Leave Regulations

In a case brought by the New York attorney general, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has vacated portions of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). It is not yet known whether the DOL will appeal the decision, whether […]

Manage These Top Open Enrollment Challenges Successfully

Few business owners or HR pros would argue that open enrollment isn’t one of the most challenging times of the year, even under normal circumstances. This year, COVID-19 has led to millions working from home, making it challenging to hold face-to-face meetings or town hall sessions to launch your annual benefits programs. But you can […]

How to Stay Up to Date with Year-Round Benefits

Your employees are the heart and soul of your business, and they mean a lot to you. Keeping them happy, motivated, and fulfilled is a top priority – and their benefits package is a big part of your strategy. But above and beyond this being an attractive perk, you need to be crystal clear on […]

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Two Field Assistance Bulletins (FABs) to Address Child Labor and FFCRA Eligibility Due Summer Childcare Concerns

With school and summer activity schedules greatly altered as the country continues to reopen while dealing with coronavirus, the DOL issued two FABs on June 26 to clarify issues relevant to the pandemic’s effects on employees and the workplace. The new FABs address: FAB 2020-3: When a physically closed school is considered “in session” relative […]

DOL Launches Employee Tool for Determining FFCRA Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The tool poses questions to help employees assess whether their employers are subject to the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA. Then, for employees whose employers are covered by the […]