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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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DOL Issues FFCRA Guidance for Summer Camp Closures

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

On June 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL WHD) issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2020-4. Aimed at DOL WHD investigators, the FAB provides guidance explaining how the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) applies to employees taking leave to care for their child whose summer camp, summer enrichment, or other similar summer program is closed due to COVID-19 related reasons.   FFCRA History and ...

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Tennessee Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

On June 22, Tennessee Governor Lee signed into law Senate Bill 2520, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The law, effective October 1, 2020, requires that Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees make reasonable accommodations for employees with medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Among other accommodations, this includes: Providing … Read More

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

Massachusetts Releases New Draft Regulations

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has released a draft of revised Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) regulations.   The regulations provide updates to many topics, including:  Use of accrued paid leave and how its use impacts the MA PFML timebank;  The definition and application of job protected leave, including leave where … Read More

Time to Disappear?

Eoin Kirwan, Head of Product Management

These days too many of the best minds in software are devoting their energies to winning and retaining your attention. Getting their products noticed in all today’s noise. Our product wants not to be noticed. The things that work best are often those you don’t see. Examples from everyday life include the electricity grid, the … Continued

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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

April Brings a Shower of New Leave Laws to Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Jersey and D.C.

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

Virginia Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Law  We wrote earlier this week about Virginia’s new law relating to minimum benefits in disability policies for childbirth. With an effective date of July 1, 2020, Virginia has passed a second pregnancy-related law, Senate Bill 712, this time requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s limitations related to … Read More

Virginia Implements Minimum Benefit Rule for Childbirth in Short-Term Disability Policies

Lori Welty, Esq., Absence Management Senior Compliance Attorney

On April 9, the Governor of Virginia signed into law Senate Bill 567, mandating that insurers that issue individual or group sickness insurance policies providing short-term disability (“STD”) coverage for childbirth must provide a benefit of at least 12 weeks following birth. The new requirement applies to any policy delivered or issued for delivery in … Read More