Current issues of interest to employers are featured here, dealing with compliance, trends, and recent developments.
IRS Guidance on ARPA's COBRA Subsidy & Tax Credit
The IRS has provided guidance on the premium assistance and tax credit under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for continuation health coverage under COBRA.
Pandemic Expands Voluntary Benefit Offerings
The pandemic is driving more employers to offer voluntary benefits, with nearly all employers (94%) expecting these employee-pay-all or unsubsidized benefits to hold great importance in their organizations during the next three years, according to a survey.
Guidelines for Vaccines and Masks
How to write company policies for vaccinations and mask wearing.
Post-Pandemic Employees Want Flexibility
More than half of employees surveyed from around the world would consider leaving their job post-COVID-19 pandemic if they are not afforded some form of flexibility in where and when they work, according to research.
Impact of the Pandemic on Employee Mental Health
Over the past year, the pandemic has had a significant effect on the mental health of employees. Read the executive summary of SHRM's research.
Job Satisfaction 2021
Overall, employee job satisfaction remains strong, despite the chaos of the past year. Read this executive summary of major research.
Working From Home Drives Happiness
A survey reveals that working from home proves to be a driver of employee happiness, as Job satisfaction is tied to flexible work models.
2021 guidance for claiming Employee Retention Credit
The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under the CARES Act, as modified by the Relief Act, for the first and second calendar quarters in 2021
Employers diversifying and enhancing benefits in 2021
Enrollment in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) as well as voluntary benefits, specifically income protection products, are increasing in 2021.
EEO-1 data collection opens on April 26
On March 29, the EEOC announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on April 26, 2021.
CDC guidance on employer vaccination programs
The CDC on March 16 issued new guidance on workplace vaccination programs that offers suggestions to help employers increase vaccine uptake among essential workers, but the suggestions also apply for other types of employees.
Lookback period for COBRA subsidy eligibility could complicate administration
The administration of the new COBRA subsidy in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) could be complicated due to the determination of eligible individuals during the lookback period. That’s according to experts at a recent Segal webinar that addressed the law’s COBRA provisions along with others affecting plan sponsors.