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Coronavirus Bill Requires Employers to Provide Paid Employee Leave

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law.

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IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Tests and Treatment

On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-15, which allows high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment without a deductible.

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North Risk Partners’ Freeport and Melrose Offices Merged March 1

St. Cloud, Minn – Effective March 1, team members in North Risk’s Freeport office moved to work permanently from the firm’s Melrose location.

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Two New Model COBRA Notices Available from the DOL

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023.

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OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1

Feb. 1 is the annual deadline for many employers to post their OSHA Forms 300A from the previous year.

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FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Technical Difficulties

Since the Clearinghouse became operational on Jan. 6, 2020, the online system has experienced technical difficulties with queries.

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FMCSA Makes Significant Increase to the Random Drug Test Rate for 2020

On Dec. 27, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

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Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that prevents a government shutdown and repeals the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

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Employers of CDL Drivers Must Register for the Clearinghouse

The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will be operational Jan. 6, 2020.

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IRS Provides Transition Relief for 2019 ACA Reporting

On Dec. 2, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-63 to extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2019 from Jan. 31, 2020, to March 2, 2020.

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Mandatory Use of Electronic Logging Devices

Companies operating commercial vehicle fleets have until Dec. 16, 2019 to switch from an Automatic On-Boarding Recording Device (AOBRD) to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registered Electronic Logging Device (ELD).

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North Risk Helps Launch Association Health Plan for MN Housing Industry

Saint Paul and Eagan, MN (November 19, 2019) – Insurance solutions firm North Risk Partners has partnered with Housing First Minnesota to launch an association health plan (AHP) through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) for those involved in residential homebuilding.

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