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May 13, 2020

IRS Expands Flex Plan Options for Mid-Year Changes

On May 12, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released two notices providing relief for 2020 cafeteria plans and related benefit issues in light of the […]
May 11, 2020

What should I do if my employee discloses that their family member or roommate has COVID-19?

Employees who share a household with someone who is infected should self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure per the Centers for Disease Control and […]
May 8, 2020

Can We Currently Accept Expired Documents for the I-9?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy to allow employers to accept expired List B documents when completing the Form I-9 beginning […]
May 5, 2020

How Leaders Can Set an Example for Remote Employees

For many of us, the experience of working entirely from home is a new one. It has required us to rethink the way we work and […]
May 4, 2020

How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced […]
April 30, 2020

DOL Extends COBRA Timeframes and other Benefit Plan Deadlines

The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Treasury have announced a new Final Rule extending certain timeframes for employee benefit plans, including extending the usual deadlines for […]
April 29, 2020

Some of our employees have said they don’t feel safe returning to work. Can we just permanently replace them?

We recommend extreme caution when deciding to replace an employee who refuses to work because of concerns about COVID-19. Generally, employees do not have a right […]
April 28, 2020

We are reopening after business closure due to COVID-19. Can we bring some employees back, but not others?

Yes. If you are recalling some positions, but not others, you should document the business reasons why only those positions were recalled. If you are recalling […]
April 27, 2020

Can we screen employees returning to work for COVID-19?

Yes. Generally, inquiries about an employee’s health or a medical exam (like a temperature check) would not be allowed, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]
April 24, 2020

COVID-19 and Employee Benefits Plans

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created new and unique challenges for employers, their workers, and their businesses. ThinkHR has been on the front lines, supporting employers […]
April 23, 2020

What to Do When You Have to Close Due to COVID-19

Having to close is understandably a very difficult situation for employers and their employees. There are three basic options when it comes to keeping employees or […]
April 22, 2020

Overview of Unemployment Benefits Changes Under the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law on March 27, 2020, and is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package designed to support […]
November 9, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains a Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Participants and Beneficiaries of Failing MEWA

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against AEU […]
November 17, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor and First Bankers Trust Settle ESOP Lawsuits; Agreement Includes $15.75 Million Recovery for Retirement Plans

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached agreements to resolve three lawsuits with First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS). The lawsuits alleged […]
November 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Advance Copies Of Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today released advance informational copies […]
November 21, 2017

Ask the Experts: Do you have appropriate company communication about holiday parties?

November 20th, 2017 Question: Do you have language we can use in a company communication that will go out before our holiday party to encourage responsible […]