APRIL 2020
Reopening Your Business After Shutdown - Post COVID Resources

As many employers prepare for relaxing of Stay Home orders and bringing employees back to a safe environment, organizations have a lot to consider before they reopen their doors. What are the best practices for managing the risks and adapting to a new normal?

Creating an action plan is critical for a successful return.
CDC Disinfecting Guidelines

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have a wealth of guidance for employers on preparing their employees and facilities for return
COL Issues COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released guidance for employee benefit plans aimed at providing relief to plan participants and qualified beneficiaries during the COVID-19 national health emergency.

Specifically, the DOL’s goal is to minimize the possibility of individuals losing benefits due to a failure to adhere to certain timeframes established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Accordingly, these timeframes are temporarily extended effective immediately.
Employee Work from Home Guide

With many employees working from home for the first time, this guide gives practical tips they can use for setting up for success. While telecommuting has risen in response to the pandemic, employers are evaluating if they should incorporate more remote work in their long term strategy.
Carriers Respond to COVID-19

Carriers are responding to the constant change in regulations regarding you health plan concerning coverage for testing and treatment of COVID-19, and are also taking steps to help with things like loosening waiting periods for bringing employees back to work and reinstating coverage and waiving early refill limits on prescriptions.

Recently DeltaDental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana announced a significant relief initiative including a month of premium credits and rate extensions.
Mental Well-Being During a Quarantine

Following the advice of public health officials can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but if you don’t take proper precautions, your mental well-being could suffer
while you’re quarantining. If you’re self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, this edition of Live Well, Work Well gives valuable tips to maintain your mental well-being.
Benefits & HR Webinars
Navigating the Complex Landscape of Wellness Programs
May 21, 2020 @ 2pm EST

Hidden Pitfalls Under the FMLA
June 18, 2020 @ 2pm EST

Cafeteria Plan Administration: Common Mistakes and Practical Solutions
July 16, 2020 @ 2pm EST

Post COVID-19 Human Resource Issues for Employers
August 20, 2020 @ 2pm EST
The information in this newsletter is based on 44North's review of employee benefit-related legislation and is not intended to impart legal advice. Interpretations of legislation vary and efforts will be made to present accurate information. This overview is intended as an educational tool only and does not replace a more rigorous review of the law's applicability to individual circumstances and attendant legal counsel and should not be relied upon as legal or compliance advice.
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