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COVID-19
This post was updated on September 14, 2021. On September 8, 2021, President Biden issued a COVID-19 Action Plan concerning new vaccine mandates that may affect 100 million Americans. Large Private Employers and Paid Time Off to Get Vaccinated According to the Plan, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing...
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In an effort to relieve financial stress caused by COVID-19, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has introduced a program designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who have incurred COVID-19 funeral expenses for loved ones.  Such applicants must be over eighteen years of age, and a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.  The...
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The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides temporary premium assistance under the COBRA to help Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEI) continue their health benefits. The premium assistance applies to periods of health coverage on or after April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. AEI are not required to pay their COBRA continuation...
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On March 15, 20121, a federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled that the Centers for Disease Control’s nationwide eviction moratorium is illegal and unenforceable. Three federal judges have now ruled that the moratorium is illegal, while two federal judges in other jurisdictions have upheld the moratorium. As a result, the eviction moratorium...
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The recent $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill is planned to be followed by further economic stimulus measures under the Biden administration.  It is widely anticipated that these additional stimulus packages will be paired with proposals for various tax increases on those earning over $400,000 annually.  One such proposal is to increase federal estate tax revenue...
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This law contains key provisions and makes related changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) that may impact employers. The FFCRA expired on December 31, 2020, but shortly before...
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As of February 2021, more than 1,500 COVID-related business interruption lawsuits have been filed in the United States. Of those 1,500 suits, 10 have been filed in Indiana state and federal courts with no decisions having been reached on the merits of the case. As shared in our previous updates Business Insurance Coverage for COVID-19...
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On February 18, 2021, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 1 that provides employers’ civil tort immunity related to COVID-19. The immunity applies to causes of action that accrue from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2024. The law specifically provides a person is immune from civil tort liability for damages arising...
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On January 14, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden announced his American Rescue Plan through which he plans to provide much-needed economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. His plan includes expansion of the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) as detailed below. Expansion of Covered Employers  The plan covers all employers. This...
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On December 29, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published two new Field Assistance Bulletins (“FABS”) addressing issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  FAB 2020-7 addresses electronic notice postings requirements under federal labor laws.  FAB 2020-8 in turn clarifies how telemedicine visits may qualify for FMLA leave.  These new guidelines are discussed in detail below. ...
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