The DOL has proposed updates to a self-compliance tool to help improve compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The proposed changes include additional guidance on MHPAEA compliance and examples on how health plans may comply with the law. This Legal Update provides more information about the proposed changes.
On June 18, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. The guidance also addresses issues employers should consider as they ask their employees to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On June 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an additional answer to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. The additional FAQ, which addresses antibody tests, was added to guidance that the EEOC originally issued on March 18, 2020, and updated on April 9, 17, 23, May 7, and June 11, 2020. This HR Compliance Bulletin contains the EEOC's FAQs.
With the coronavirus barely under control and no vaccine in sight, employers are considering every option for keeping their workers safe while still keeping their businesses afloat. “Contact tracing” is one of those options. This article explains more.
This HR Insights article discusses how businesses across the country can prepare for a potential second wave of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
On June 5, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance explaining how it may enforce fair employment laws against employers even when no employee or applicant has filed a charge. This document provides an abbreviated version of the guidance.
On June 10, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations regarding tax treatment of amounts paid for direct primary care arrangements, health care sharing ministries, and certain other medical care arrangements under Internal Revenue Code Section 213. This Legal Update provides information about the proposal.
The ACA requires health insurance issuers and self-funded plan sponsors to pay PCORI fees to fund comparative effectiveness research. At the end of 2019, these fees were extended to apply through 2029. For plan years ending in 2019, PCORI fees are due July 31, 2019. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides information on the deadline and the method for reporting and paying PCORI fees, including available transition relief for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2019, and before Oct. 1, 2020.
This Compliance Bulletin includes OSHA's answers to frequently asked questions about the use of cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators in the workplace. Employers can use this information to help train their employees and provide a safer environment during the coronavirus pandemic.
This HR Insights piece will serve as a guide to the most common potential causes of action related to COVID-19 that may lead to employment-related litigation. As is the case with all inherently legal issues, employers are strongly recommended to seek the guidance of legal counsel when faced with any of the claims discussed herein.
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