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Record-Keeping Key for Businesses During Pandemic

2.5 minute read With more lawsuits proliferating against employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have to be more diligent than ever about their record-keeping. Besides facing lawsuits alleging a business didn’t do enough to protect its employees or the public, employers are also contending with a tougher regulatory climate thanks to a number of new …

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What You Need to Know About COVID Test Kit Rules for Group Health Plans

2.5 minute read Starting Jan. 15, the nation’s health insurers have been required to cover the cost of up to eight at-home rapid COVID-19 tests per month for their health plan enrollees. Insurers are taking different approaches to the mandate and, as an employer, you should communicate with your covered staff about this new benefit, …

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Pandemic Spurs Supplemental Benefits Uptake Among Workers

2.5 minute read A new study has found that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic nearly half of U.S. workers added one new supplemental health-related benefit on top of their group health coverage. The 2021 “Aflac WorkForces Report” found that 44% of employees bought one additional benefit, with life insurance policies seeing the biggest uptake. …

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COVID-19 Home Test Kits Reimbursable under FSAs, HSAs

1 minute read Under new guidance issued by the IRS, at-home COVID-19 testing kits will be considered a reimbursable medical expense under the three main health care savings vehicles offered to employees. This new guidance adds to the list of personal COVID-19-related expenses for which employees can seek reimbursement under: Health savings accounts Health reimbursement …

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COVID-19 Drives Surge in Employment Practices Claims

3 minute read Employers are being hit with a wave of COVID-19-related employment lawsuits, which is starting to have an effect on employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) rates and coverages. A tally by the law firm of Fisher Phillips found that as of August 2021 there had been 2,950 COVID-19-related employment lawsuits filed in the …

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Retaliating Against Employees for Raising COVID-19 Concerns Can Cost You

3 minute read The Department of Labor has sued a Texas dental practice on behalf of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant who were not reinstated after raising concerns about what COVID-19 safety measures would be in place when the practice reopened in spring 2020. As more employers are bringing people back to the …

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If you are fully insured for your employee benefits, this article is for YOU.

50 second read Data comes at you from every direction, right? There are so many numbers and statistics out in today’s market that make up our world; but if our health benefits are fully insured… well, not so much, right? Every year, you get blindsided with a bill that makes no sense… and there’s nothing …

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Employers Mull Higher Health Plan Cost-Sharing for Unvaccinated Staff

2 minute read Some employers are implementing a new incentive for their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Charging them higher health insurance premiums if they don’t. A recent brief from consulting firm Mercer reported that employers are looking at surcharging the health insurance premiums for employees who refuse vaccination for reasons other than disability …

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Businesses and Insurers Are Fighting Over Coverage for COVID-Caused Shutdowns

3 minute read In courtrooms all over the country, battles are occurring between businesses who endured COVID-19-related shutdowns and insurance companies who believe they are not obligated to reimburse them for their losses. According to the Covid Insurance Litigation Tracker from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, more than 1,800 lawsuits have been filed …

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