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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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FFCRA Paid Leave Requirement Expired Dec. 31

Jan. 4, 2021 – Mandated FFCRA leave expired Dec. 31, 2020.

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EEOC Addresses Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations & the ADA

Dec. 16, 2020 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2021

Dec. 10, 2020 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors in order to fund comparative effectiveness research.

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CDC Announces Shorter Guidelines After a COVID-19 Exposure

Dec. 4, 2020 – During a recent media briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an update to quarantine guidelines, offering options for shorter quarantine periods.

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Health FSA Limit Will Remain the Same for 2021

Nov. 4, 2020 – The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which announced the 2021 FSA health dollar limit.

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Employer Voting Leave Obligations

Oct. 30, 2020 – With Election Day drawing near, employers should be prepared to handle requests from employees for time off from work to vote.

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Final Forms and Instructions for 2020 ACA Reporting Released

Oct. 29, 2020 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2020 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056.

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DOL Updates Q&As on Employee Leave Under the FFCRA

Oct. 9, 2020 – the DOL made revisions to FFCRA regulations, undertaken in response to a federal court decision that invalidated part of the original regulations.

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IRS Provides Transition Relief for 2020 ACA Reporting

On Oct. 2, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-76.

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New Family Medical Leave Rules in Massachusetts

August 28, 2020 – Beginning January 1, 2021, Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) benefits will become available in Massachusetts.

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Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2021

August 3, 2020 – The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2021 for determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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