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DOL provides guidance on tracking telecommuters’ work hours

Employers must use reasonable diligence in tracking nonexempt telecommuters’ work hours and may do this by providing a reporting procedure for unscheduled time. The workers then must be compensated for all reported work hours, even those not requested by the employer.

Navigating social and political expression in the workplace

Employees come to work to perform a job, but they also bring their social, political and personal ideologies, which they may choose to express in conversations with co-workers, on their clothing or in other ways. Here are some pointers for employers on navigating political and social expression in the workplace.

Tips for conveying company culture when hiring remotely

With hiring remotely becoming common these days, it’s more important than ever for employers to consider how they convey their company culture. Here are four tips for conveying your culture and making sure your new hires are a great fit.

FMLA+ expands protections for parents of remote learners

With the new school year upon us, many parents are faced with new child care concerns due to the continued risk of COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) created a new classification of paid FMLA (FMLA+) that expands FMLA protections to employees caring for children who are learning remotely.

Why PTO is still important during a pandemic

Summer will be ending soon (*sigh*) and due to the pandemic, many workers have let it slip by without taking a vacation. However, employers worry that employees who are reluctant to take time off will only add to the stress, anxiety and other mental health issues caused by COVID-19.

2020 health care costs likely below pre-pandemic expectations

By Lauren Bikoff, MLS Direct costs related to COVID-19 varied widely among plans, but a significant amount of care was delayed or cancelled in the first half of the year. Even accounting for unplanned expenses due to COVID-19 testing and treatment, overall health care...

Annual Medicare Part D notices due before October 15

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2020

Impact of the COBRA extension interim final rule

On Jan. 31, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initially declared a federal public health emergency due to the coronavirus. The declaration has now been extended twice, including the latest extension on July 23, 2020. Unless the declaration is terminated or extended further, it will expire on Oct. 23, 2020.