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A Texas Court ofAppeals has affirmed the temporary injunction of San Antonio’s Sick and SafeLeave ordinance. Similar ordinances in Austin and Dallas are also enjoined.
The Health CareSecurity Ordinance (HCSO) annual report is delayed to at least October 31,2021. However, employers are still required to continue to make their healthcare expenditures for the first quarter by April 30, 2021.
The nation'sfirst public state-operated long term care insurance program will be funded bya 0.58% (fifty-eight hundredths of one percent) payroll tax on all employeewages, beginning January 1, 2022.
Employers whochoose to continue to make emergency leave available through September 30, 2021can take a tax credit for up to 100% of an employee's qualified wages. Severalstates have also issued vaccine guidance.
The CDC and EEOChave helpful guidance for employers.
The IRS hasextended filing deadlines for certain categories of “Affected Taxpayers.” The deadline to make 2020 contributions to IRAs, HSAs,Archer MSAs, and Coverdell ESAs is also extended to May 17, 2021.
Personal protective equipment including masks, hand sanitizer, andsanitizing wipes purchased after January 1, 2020 are eligible medical expensesunder IRC §213(d).
The tri-governing agencies have issued guidance to help plansponsors and issuers comply with required documentation and reporting of comparativeanalyses of non-quantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs).
California has created a website with information on up todate on COVID-19 workplace requirements, safety procedures, employee training,protocols, and even tailored advice.
The Department of Labor has announced a temporary reprievefrom enforcing certain violations against ERISA plan fiduciaries and qualifiedtermination administrators, and has issued best practice guidelines to addressmissing participant issues.
Does the Uniformed Services Employment and ReemploymentRights Act of 1994 require employers to pay for military leave? The Courts ofAppeal for both the 7th Circuit and the 3rd Circuit arefacing the question.
Section 214 of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster ReliefAct of 2020 includes a multitude of options that employers can offer toparticipants with health Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent CareAssistance Programs.
While the public health emergency continues, COVID-19testing must be provided at no cost for the duration of the emergencydesignation, and vaccines must be covered in-network as a preventive service.
Colorado joins 11 other states in enacting a retirement savings program.  Colorado’s Secure Savings law establishes an automatic enrollment IRA program. Employers employing 5 or more employees, who do not otherwise offer a retirement plan, will be obligated to make the automatic IRA available to its employees.
New York’sDepartment of Financial Services has issued new insurance regulationsestablishing a mental health and substance use disorder parity complianceprogram. The program applies to individual and group accident and healthinsurance plans, hospital service corporations, health service corporations,student health plans, municipal cooperative health benefit plans and HMOs.