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BCBS Settlement Important Update

April 7, 2021 – As of right now, members affected by the Blue Cross Blue Shield anti-trust lawsuit (also known as members of the Damages Class) will begin receiving notification by email and mail about the related settlement.

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Paycheck Protection Program Extended

April 5, 2021 – Congress has passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, a 60-day extension of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP), which was set to expire on March 31.

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COBRA Subsidy Provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act

March 26, 2021 – The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA).

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American Rescue Plan Contains Employment-related Provisions

March 16, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021.

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American Agency in the Twin Cities Joins North Risk Partners

Effective March 1, American Agency in the Twin Cities metro area joined North Risk Partners. Twenty-one American Agency team members joined the firm, growing North…

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Blue Cross Anti-Trust Lawsuit: Timing of Settlement Still Unknown

March 1, 2021 – In Sept. 2020, a settlement agreement was reached in the Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Cross) antitrust class-action lawsuit and recently the proposed settlement received preliminary approval.

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Biden Proposed Stimulus Package

Jan. 22, 2021 – In a recent speech, President Joe Biden outlined a proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and provide economic relief.

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Premier Benefits Group in Fargo Joins North Risk Partners

Jan. 20, 2021 – Premier Benefits Group, an employee benefits agency in Fargo, has joined North Risk Partners. Al Berg founded Premier Benefits Group in…

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Bernie Lowe & Associates, Inc. of Grinnell Joins North Risk Partners

Effective Jan. 1, employee benefits insurance agency Bernie Lowe & Associates, Inc. (BLA) of Grinnell, Ia. joined North Risk Partners. BLA’s Grinnell office has become…

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COVID-19: OSHA Recordable Illness if Work-Related

Jan. 15, 2021 – Since the onset of COVID-19, some employees have contracted the illness in work-related environments. OSHA has provided guidelines for scenarios in which COVID-19 is a recordable illness.

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it.

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Special FSA Rules – Consolidated Appropriations Act

Jan. 5, 2021 – President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

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