Covid 19

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Tax Credits Are All That Is Left on Paid Federal Leave in 2021

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

As 2020 wraps up, the leave of absence community waited with baited breath to see if Congress would extend the mandatory paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), implemented last March and set to expire December 31, 2020. The FFCRA had expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) via … Read More

3 Ways to Strategize for Uncertainty During Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Public Health Emergencies: Acknowledge, Assess, and Analyze

Megan G. Holstein, Esq., SVP Absence and Claims Product

The fall of 2020 has presented a unique set of challenges across America when it comes to public emergencies. The country, and indeed the globe, continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and parts of the United States are also battling other natural disasters such as hurricanes and tropical storms in the Southeast and record-breaking wildfires in the mountains and the West. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the need for continuous … ...

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Returning to Work in the Time of COVID-19

Sheri Pullen, Best Practices Product Manager, Integrated Disability and Absence Management

With most U.S. states relaxing restrictions and stay-at-home orders, many employees have returned to work or are gearing up to do so soon. Among the hodgepodge of information available from various agencies is a helpful Technical Assistance Questions and Answers webpage published and maintained by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This publication offers … Read More

ERISA Claims Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Megan G. Holstein, Esq., SVP Absence and Claims Product

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have published a Joint Notice, guidance, and FAQ extending certain Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Joint Notice extends participant filing deadlines for employee benefit plans, including disability plans, group health … Read More

New York Passes Paid Sick Leave and Clarifies NY PFL

Megan Holstein, Esq., SVP Absence and Claims Product

New York has enacted a new paid sick and save leave law, effective September 30, and has amended the regulatory definition of serious health condition for New York Paid Family Leave (NY PFL) law to clarify that an employee can receive NY PFL benefits for caring for a family member with COVID-19, effective immediately.  New … Continued

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Issues Paid Leave Regulations on April 1st

Megan G. Holstein, Esq., SVP Absence and Claims Product

On April 1st the United States Department of Labor issued temporary, final regulations to support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as amended by the CARES Act. April 1st was also the FFCRA effective date, so employees can now begin claiming paid leave for COVID-19-related absences. The regulations cover a lot of ground, providing … Read More

A Letter to Customers: How is FINEOS responding to the global pandemic?

Michael Kelly

As we all wrestle with the changing dynamic of business during this worldwide pandemic, we at FINEOS remain committed first and foremost to supporting the health, well-being, and safety of all. Our offices in Hong Kong, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States continue to work remotely to ensure social distancing recommendations. … Read More

Keeping You Updated: WA PFML Amendment and COVID-19 Paid Leave Clarifications 

Sheri Pullen, Best Practices Product Manager, Integrated Disability and Absence Management 

Things are moving at warp speed when it comes to information around the COVID-19 pandemic and paid leave laws. It’s important to keep up with not only COVID-19-related changes, but also regular amendments to paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws. Amid all the movement, an amendment to Washington’s PFML law has been making its … Read More

New Jersey Amends Multiple Leave and Disability Laws in Response to COVID-19

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

On March 25, the Governor of New Jersey signed Senate Bill 2304, amending the state’s Paid Sick Leave Act, the (unpaid) Family Leave Act, and the Temporary Disability Benefits and Family Leave Insurance programs to provide expanded benefits as a result of a declared state of emergency and outbreak of a  communicable disease. Though the … Read More