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EEOC Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 and ADA Disability

On Dec. 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued 14 new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what employers may or may not do to comply with federal fair employment laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Security Flaw in Commonly Used Software Causes Technology Companies to Scramble

Dec. 13, 2021 – Technology companies have been busy addressing what security experts are calling one of the most serious software flaws in recent memory.

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Upcoming ACA Reporting Deadlines

Dec. 2, 2021 – Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2021 calendar year is due in early 2022.

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Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2022

Nov. 17, 2021 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans.

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OSHA Vaccination and Testing Mandate: Summary & Legal Update

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) announced its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing for the workplace.

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Kato Insurance Agency in Mankato Joins North Risk Partners

Effective Sept. 1, Kato Insurance in Mankato, Minn. joined North Risk Partners, one of the largest independent insurance broker and risk advisory firms in the…

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COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notice Due by Sept. 15 (Sooner for Some)

August 25, 2021 – The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides COBRA premium assistance to eligible individuals and imposes notice requirements on health plans.

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PreferredOne Joins UnitedHealthcare

August 18, 2021 – UnitedHealthcare and PreferredOne have completed an agreement to integrate their businesses, bringing together a strong, local, well-established health plan with UnitedHealthcare’s benefit, wellness and administrative strengths.

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EEOC Extends EEO-1 Deadline for 2019 and 2020 Data to Aug. 23

July 13, 2021 – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that employers now have until Aug. 23, 2021, to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020.

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2020 PCORI Fees Due July 31, 2021

June 11, 2021 – For those that have a medical plan with an HRA and/or are self-funded, this is a reminder your 2020 PCORI fee is due July 31, 2021.

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José Ramírez-Rocha Joins North Risk as Director of Benefits

Effective June 1, José Ramírez-Rocha joined North Risk Partners as Director of Benefits. In this new role Ramírez-Rocha is responsible for overseeing the firm’s individual…

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Cyber Liability – The Importance of Two-factor Authentication

May 27, 2021 – As cyber attacks become more and more common, protecting your data is increasingly difficult.

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