EEOC Updates Technical Assistance for COVID-19 Guidance…Can’t make this stuff up

The pandemic is still with us, so the EEOC has updated their technical assistance to COVID-19…again. The EEOC has actually provided two updates since our October blog, “Here We Go Again…Again! EEOC Updates”, which was the riveting sequel to our June blog “EEOC Updates Technical Assistance for COVID-19 Guidance.” Since it is the most wonderful … Continued

Helping Large Employers to Tackle COVID-Related Disability, Absence

COVID-19 has raised new concerns for employers who must balance operational necessity with employee safety while also ensuring compliance with complex regulations. In response, ReedGroup has released a new Public Health solution that helps to address and manage pandemic-related workforce absences, exemptions, and accommodations.  Large employers can adapt to these evolving workforce needs with ReedGroup’s accommodation management services, which include:  Expanded ADA leave services that cover accommodations for employees who can’t … Continued

DOL’s EBSA Issues Update on Emergency ERISA Deadline Extensions

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Department (EBSA) has published EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, which provides updated guidance regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability claim timelines. History Last spring, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Departments of Labor and Treasury published guidance extending certain timeframes under ERISA and the Internal … Continued

American Rescue Plan Aims to Resuscitate FFCRA Emergency Paid Leave Mandate

President Biden has unveiled his proposed framework for additional federal COVID-19 relief legislation, named the “American Rescue Plan.” The American Rescue Plan touches many topics including but not limited to a national COVID-19 vaccination effort, another round of direct stimulus payments, federal workplace safety and health standards, and extension of certain unemployment benefits. Most significantly … Continued

Congress fails to extend FFCRA leave: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Despite optimism that there would be an extension of paid emergency sick and family leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), the COVID-19 relief bill signed by President Trump yesterday fails to extend the FFCRA’s leave mandate beyond December 31st. However, it does extend tax credits until March 31, 2021 for employers … Continued