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Category Archives: Coronavirus

Why Starting Open Enrollment Early In 2021 Is More Important Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic shook the job market in ways never before seen. For one, it created so much uncertainty that employees who would’ve typically searched for a new job last year decided to stay put. For another, the pandemic prompted … Continue reading

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Pandemic and Drug Overdoses Drive U.S. Life Expectancy Down 1.5 Years

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that life expectancy in the United States dropped from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020. The decline in life expectancy was the largest one-year … Continue reading

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Face Masks and Other PPE Treated as Deductible Medical Expenses

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE)—such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes—used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are deductible medical expenses. … Continue reading

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HR Compliance Bulletin

American Rescue Plan: Changes to FFCRA Employee Leave The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted March 11, 2021, includes changes to emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ARPA extended … Continue reading

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