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Thursday, September 9, 2021 – President Biden to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Employees and Large Employers

September 10, 2021

  President Biden to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Employees and Large Employers Thursday, September 9, 2021   On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed executive orders requiring federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draft a new emergency rule …

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 – 2022 Open Enrollment Checklist

September 2, 2021

  2022 Open Enrollment Checklist Wednesday, September 1, 2021   For employers operating their group health and welfare plans beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2022, now is the time of the year to prepare for open enrollment.  Typically, the focus is on evaluating the services and performance of vendors, renewing rates, and considering design …

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Monday, August 30, 2021 – Incorporating the COVID-19 Vaccine into a Wellness Program: Critical Considerations for Employers

September 2, 2021

  Incorporating the COVID-19 Vaccine into a Wellness Program: Critical Considerations for Employers Monday, August 30, 2021   On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – the first such approval of its kind. Along with expanded access to the vaccine, the FDA’s announcement …

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA

August 27, 2021

  Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA Tuesday, August 24, 2021   On Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.   It is the first full approval of any coronavirus vaccine in the United States. The other vaccines, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are …

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Friday, August 20, 2021 – Affordability Safe Harbors for ALEs

August 20, 2021

  Affordability Safe Harbors for ALEs Friday, August 20, 2021   Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) are vulnerable to one of two potential employer shared responsibility penalty assessments. The “Subsection (a) Penalty” applies where the ALE fails to offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of its full-time employees …

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Friday, June 4, 2021 – 2022 HSA and HDHP Limits

June 4, 2021

  2022 HSA and HDHP Limits Friday, June 4, 2021   The IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2021-25, announcing the new inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and qualified high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2022. The limits are as follows:   Calendar Year Contribution Limit (Employer and employee contributions combined) Single Coverage $3,650 …

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