Posts in Employee Benefits

  1. Reporting and Reconciling FFCRA and CARES Tax Credits (Benefit Minute)

    The Internal Revenue Service has released an updated Form 941 (Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return) to account for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) qualified leave wages and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) employee retention wages and payroll tax deferrals. The form generally applies for wages paid beginning April 2020. Detail of […]

  2. Employee Benefits Compliance Updates (Benefit Minute)

    HSA Limits for 2021 The limits for qualified high deductible health plans (QHDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) for plan years beginning in 2021 are set forth below. HSA Contribution Limit (individual) – $3,600 HSA Contribution Limit (family) – $7,200 QHDHP Minimum Deductible (individual) – $1,400 QHDHP Minimum Deductible (family) – $2,800 QHDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximum […]

  3. PSA in Good Health July 2020 Tips

    How to Prevent Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. Regardless of the type, when skin cancers are caught early, they are often curable. Check out this month’s In Good Health flyer for seven ways you can help prevent skin cancer.          

  4. COVID-19 Return to Work Guidelines: HR Considerations

    This blog is the second installment in a three-part series addressing return to work considerations discussed in a recent PSA webinar. In part one of this series, we covered COVID-19 testing and managing sick employees. In this post, we will focus on several Human Resources concerns that may arise concerning continuing telework, recalling employees, and […]

  5. PSA in Good Health June 2020 Tips

    The knee is the largest joint in the body, and it is also very prone to injury and pain. Check out this month’s In Good Health flyer for exercises that can help build healthier, stronger knees. For more information, click on the buttons below to download the flyers in English and Spanish, or contact me […]

  6. COVID-19 Relief for Section 125 Plans and Increase in FSA Carryover (Benefit Minute)

    On May 12, the IRS issued 2 separate Notices that address relief for section 125 plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and an increase in the maximum carryover for health care flexible spending accounts.  While the guidance in both of these Notices is permissive and not required, employers and plan sponsors will want to […]

  7. PSA in Good Health May 2020 Tips

    According to the American Heart Association, nearly 20 percent of adult Americans are living with hypertension (high blood pressure) and don’t know it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for devastating health problems. Check out this month’s In Good Health flyer for eight key questions and answers regarding hypertension. For more information, […]

  8. COVID-19 Extension of Certain HIPAA/COBRA/ERISA Deadlines (Benefit Minute)

    On April 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01, as well as a proposed final rule that would extend certain timeframes applicable to employee benefit plans and their participants and beneficiaries, including special enrollment timeframes, COBRA deadlines, and ERISA claims procedure deadlines in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance is […]

  9. No Insurance? Programs to Help Pay for Medications

    In light of the mass, unexpected closures due to COVID-19, many people have been laid off from their jobs and may lose health insurance on May 1. This makes paying for doctor visits and buying necessary items for daily use, such as specialty maintenance prescription drugs, a concern. Here’s some good news: if you can’t […]