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Three reasons to take a home inventory and how to do it

Creating and updating an inventory of your personal possessions is one of the best ways to make the most of your homeowners or renters insurance, and makes filing a claim easier and more efficient. 

When employers can require COVID-19 vaccination

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many employers will have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations, so long as their vaccination policies have certain exceptions, are job-related and are consistent with business necessity, legal experts say.

Top employee handbook updates for 2021

The start of the year is a good time for employers to review their handbooks and ensure policies are updated with the latest employment and labor law developments. Notably, the COVID-19 pandemic may have prompted changes to employers’ remote-work, paid-leave and other policies.

Some remote workers not comfortable returning to office

The majority of professional organizations are planning for a return to the workplace by the spring, although much uncertainty remains.

DOL issues guidance on expired FFCRA

Employers are not required to provide Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave after Dec. 31, 2020, but may voluntarily decide to do so

New Stimulus Deal: Health care cost transparency rules

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed Congress’ most recent stimulus bill into law. The law addresses new substantive requirements for health plans and health care providers, including rules related to the transparency of health care costs and quality of care information

Michigan minimum wage increase unlikely to take effect

The Michigan Bureau of Employment Relations, Wage and Hour Division today announced the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase is not expected to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Supreme Court: State regulations on PBM reimbursements to pharmacies not preempted by ERISA

A recent Supreme Court decision gives states leeway to impose new regulations on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), even when PBMs are acting on behalf of ERISA plans.

Regulations provide cost-sharing change flexibility for grandfathered health plans

The DOL, IRS, and HHS have issued regulations to provide greater flexibility for grandfathered group health plan sponsors and insurers to make certain cost-sharing changes without causing a loss of grandfather status.

6 ways to prevent burglary and theft at your business

If you’re a small business owner, you’re likely aware that burglary and theft can take a serious toll on your bottom line. While you can’t safeguard your company completely from every potential theft and break-in, you can take steps to protect your assets and minimize the damage if an incident does occur. Here are six ways to lower your risk of burglary and theft.

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