April 11, 2023 Update: On April 10, 2023, President Biden signed legislation which ended the national emergency (NE) immediately. The public health emergency (PHE) is still expected to end on May 11, 2023. The Outbreak Period discussed below will still end on July 10, 2023 (i.e. 60 days after the date previously announced by the
Are We There Yet? Emergency Declarations and COVID Relief Are Extended Into 2023
Seyfarth Synopsis: HHS has announced that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been extended another 90 days, and will run until January 11, 2023.
Seyfarth Update: On January 11, 2023, HHS announced another extension of the PHE to April 11, 2023.
Seyfarth Update: On January 20,2023, the Biden administration announced that it is…
Anti-Vax Tax Facts: Legal Considerations for Premium Differentials Based on Vaccination Status
Seyfarth Synopsis: As employers continue to struggle with strategies for safely re-opening their workplaces, we have previously discussed the possibility of mandating a vaccine or providing incentives for getting the vaccine. [Here] As employers shift their focus toward the cost of COVID hospitalizations (which studies show are a much greater risk for unvaccinated individuals), employers…
Yes, Your Health FSA Can Cover Your Surgical Mask Purchase!
Seyfarth Synopsis: Avid readers of Beneficially Yours may recall that just over a year ago we asked the pressing question of whether surgical mask purchases could be covered under a health care FSA, among other “novel” coronavirus questions — see what we did there? [Click here for our previous post.] The IRS has confirmed our…
Sarah Touzalin, Christina Cerasale and Irine Sorser presenting ERIC Webinar: “Unfinished Business – Guidance and Questions Under the SECURE Act”
On Thursday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Seyfarth employee benefits attorneys Sarah Touzalin, Christina Cerasale and Irine Sorser will present the ERIC Webinar: “Unfinished Business – Guidance and Questions Under the SECURE Act.”
The COVID-19 pandemic created many forms of legislative relief and regulatory guidance in 2020. However, the pandemic also necessarily resulted in…
I Am Not Throwing Away My [COVID] Shot!
COVID-19 vaccines are finally here! Employers have a lot to think about in how this new tool in the fight against COVID-19 applies in the workplace, and whether it should be a mandatory aspect of employment. Check out the labor and employment considerations about the extent to which an employer should implement a vaccine policy,…
Happy New Year! The IRS Grants Permission to Celebrate New Year’s Eve
Seyfarth Synopsis: The IRS has announced that the due date for contributions to a single-employer defined benefit pension plan due in 2020, previously extended to January 1, 2021 by the CARES Act, will be considered timely if made no later than January 4, 2021.
Under the funding rules for qualified defined benefit pension plans, plan…
Upcoming Webinar! “Navigating a New Landscape: Post-COVID Retirement Plan Design and Administrative Issues”
Thursday, October 8, 2020
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mountain
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific
COVID-19 has changed the landscape of retirement readiness for many employees. Employees have been furloughed or lost jobs and plan account balances have been negatively…
IRS Provides Guidance on CARES Act Defined Benefit Contribution Funding Relief
Seyfarth Synopsis: As Seyfarth has blogged about on multiple occasions [here, here and here], the CARES Act provided relief for qualified plans as a result of COVID-19. With respect to qualified defined benefit pension plans, the CARES Act extended the deadline for making minimum required contributions until January 1, 2021, and permitted…
Seyfarth Launches COVID-19 Employee Benefits Toolkit
Businesses are dealing with the effects of the pandemic on retirement plans and pensions, executive compensation, and health and welfare benefits. Workforce management issues resulting in reduction in hours, furloughs, and severance situations have required unique approaches to termination, conversion or bridging of benefits.
Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation attorneys have been monitoring, advising…