01 March 2021

Visiting a Family Member and Need a COVID-19 Test? Your Health Plan Must Pay for That

On February 26, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (collectively the “Departments”) issued additional FAQs with respect to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which are available here.  These FAQs (Part 44) address a […]


01 March 2021

What’s My Deadline Again? DOL Clarifies Extension of COVID-19 Outbreak Period Deadlines

Employers sponsoring employee benefit plans (specifically group health plans) may need to start tracking new deadlines.  In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 (“Notice 2021-01”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) provided guidance on the duration of the extension of certain benefit plan deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many plan sponsors and plan administrators wondered whether […]


01 March 2021

Opportunities for Hiring Foreign National Talent – H-1B Visa Registration

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has announced that it will again use the electronic registration process introduced in 2020 to select foreign nationals eligible to apply for fiscal year 2022 cap-subject H-1B visas. H-1B visas can be used to employ foreign nationals in technical or professional positions that require at least a […]


26 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine News for the Week of February 26

Thanks to those who were able to join us for our webinars this week addressing the latest COVID-19 news and legal issues. Miller Johnson has been tracking the latest vaccine updates and will continue to keep clients informed of the latest news and developments. Latest Vaccine News The biggest news of the week is the […]


25 February 2021

California Pay Data Reporting Part III – Wrap Up Issues

Part I of this series was a basic overview of the new California data reporting program, including thresholds for employer coverage and which employees must be reported.  Part II addressed how to calculate pay and aggregate hours worked for exempt and non-exempt employees. Part III discusses some miscellaneous issues such as what the California Department […]


23 February 2021

California Pay Data Reporting: Part II – Pay and Hours Worked

Part I of this series was a basic overview of the new California data reporting program, including thresholds for employer coverage and which employees must be reported.  In Part II we’ll discuss how to calculate and report pay and hours worked for exempt and non-exempt employees. Additional General Background The DFEH Pay Data Reporting Portal […]


22 February 2021

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Imminent Two Week Pause on Larger Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, Additional Program Reforms

On Monday, February 22, 2021, the White House announced several imminent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Most notably, beginning on Wednesday, February 24, SBA will commence a two week period during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees may apply for PPP loans.  The […]


22 February 2021

Your Patience Paid Off: IRS Releases Guidance on FSA Flexibility under the CAA

We anticipated that the IRS would issue additional guidance on the temporary FSA changes permitted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”).  On February 18, 2021, it did.  This client alert summarizes this IRS guidance, which was released in Notice 2021-15.  (For a summary of the changes allowed by the CAA, see our client alert […]


19 February 2021

The Latest COVID-19 Vaccine News for the Week of February 19

Thanks to those who were able to join us for our webinars this week addressing the latest COVID-19 news and legal issues including today’s webinar that addressed a couple of vaccine related topics. Miller Johnson has been tracking the latest vaccine updates and will continue to keep clients informed of the latest news and developments. […]


18 February 2021

California Pay Data Reporting: Part I – The Basics

You’ve probably read about the new pay data reporting required by California Senate Bill 973 (9/30/2020).  This state-driven program is modeled after the now defunct federal EEO-1 Component 2 in which EEOC required submission of 2017 and 2018 pay and hours worked data.  While substantially similar in format, there are some significant differences in what […]