The Supreme Court has ruled that employers with religious or moral objections to birth control may deny contraceptive coverage to their employees without violating the Affordable Care Act.
Several states have set up websites for employers with guidance and ways to report employees who refuse offers to return to work as businesses take steps to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allowing employers to decide if they want to let employees make mid-year elections for health coverage, health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs.
The US Department of Labor has revised its model COBRA notices to provide additional information about COBRA's interaction with Medicare.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could make it easier for employers to deny their employees contraceptive coverage by claiming religious or moral objections. A ruling is expected by the end of June.
The US Department of Labor has issued deadline relief and other guidance to aid employers, employee benefit plans, plan participants and other service providers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The District of Columbia passed an emergency law expanding the District's unemployment insurance program and creating additional paid sick leave entitlements for employees of mid-sized employers.
Weekly unemployment benefits claims jumped to 6.6 million for March 23-27, double the figure for the previous week. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the unemployment rate will exceed 10% for the second quarter of 2020, and some analysts predict the figure will be closer to 15%.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) aims to help employers keep workers on their payrolls, through tax credits and other measures, during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The IRS and DOL announced that small and midsize employers will be able to begin claiming two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse the cost of providing COVID-19-related leave to their employees.
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