Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to the ACA’s Individual Mandate On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate in a 7-2 ruling. According to the Court, the plaintiffs in this case did not have a legal right to sue. As a result, the ACA as it exists today will remain in place. This Legal Update provides an overview of the Court’s ruling.
IRS Posts FAQs on ARP Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave On June 11, 2021, the IRS released new FAQs about tax credits for eligible employers that voluntarily provide paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This Legal Update provides additional information. Download now
Where Does Your Health Care Dollar Go? Your premium—how much you pay for your health insurance coverage each month—helps cover the costs of the medications and care you receive and improves health care affordability, access and quality for everyone. Here is where your health care dollar really goes. Download now
Benefits Buzz Newsletter – June 2021 This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses the updated HSA/HDHP limits for 2022, the second final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022, and the recent guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) for 2021 and 2022. Download now
  Benefits Buzz Newsletter – May 2021 This month’s Benefits Buzz discusses the recently released FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), as well as FAQs regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act and mental health parity. Download now
You may be aware the sale of battery powered bicycles, more commonly know as “e-bikes” are skyrocketing. Every insurance company treats them differently. Some exclude them and others may consider them. Much depends on the type of e-bike, the horsepower, the maximum speed, and the value.   If you own an e-bike or are considering buying one, please let us know and we can determine if it is covered by your current Homeowner’s policy. Be
News Release Release Number: 2021-48                                                      Date:  April 26, 2021 DIR and California Labor Commissioner’s Office Launch Web-based COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Tool  Oakland—The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its California Labor Commissioner’s Office has launched a web-based tool in English and Spanish that offers key information on the new 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law, Senate Bill No. 95, signed by Governor Newsom on March 19. “The 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law

Heat Illness Prevention Program

Posted on April 27, 2021
Protect Your Workers Against Heat Illness Summer and hot weather is coming. You can protect your workers by putting into place an effective Heat Illness Prevention Plan before it becomes critical.  Please review the following information for the steps you can take to put a program into place. Let us know if you have any questions. Heat-Illness-Prevention Plan Employer Sample Procedures – English Employer Sample Procedures – Spanish Heat Illness Site Specific
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements to post copies of their OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30 each year. The OSHA Form 300A, also known as the “Summary of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses,” must be completed by February 1 using data from the previous calendar year. As a reminder, OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement does not apply to employers with 10 or fewer employees, or to

Commercial Auto Trends to Watch in 2021

Posted on February 10, 2021
Commercial Auto Trends to Watch in 2021 Whether they’re transporting materials and tools to worksites, hauling goods for deliveries or driving to meet clients—organizations of all sizes and industries rely on safe, functioning vehicles to serve their customers and generate profit. But, while utilizing a commercial fleet can offer numerous benefits, it can also create additional risks. As such, commercial auto insurance has become invaluable for any organization that operates vehicles as part of their