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December 22, 2020

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Podcast Episode 94: New COVID-19 Relief Bill: FSA and Tax Credit Extensions, Surprise Billing and Other Items of Interest

In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon look at the brand new COVID-19 relief bill, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Suzanne starts with a provision of the bill that allows (at the employer’s discretion) employees to rollover unused amounts in their FSAs (health and dependent care) from 2020 to 2021 and from 2021 to 2022. Suzanne and Chase then talk about practical implications of the act, including employee notification, administration, and plan document updates before digging into provisions of the law that apply to individuals, including unemployment benefits and stimulus checks. Suzanne outlines the items in the law relating to small businesses, including extensions of employee retention and FFCRA tax credits and additional amendments to the PPP loan program. Suzanne and Chase close with a discussion of new prohibitions on certain surprise billing practices and on new requirements for plans and carriers on price transparency.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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December Get Wise Wednesdays Webinar – Register Now

Although much of 2020 seems to have been consumed by COVID-19, the federal government and courts were busy providing benefits-related guidance and changes. Join the entire Benefits Compliance team for a discussion highlighting the year’s benefits compliance occurrences and looking toward 2021.

So Long and Farewell to 2020
December 16, 2020
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET)
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A recording will be posted to the NFP Client Learning Portal within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren’t eligible for recertification credit.

All programs are pending approval for 1.0 (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

Episode 93: End-of-Year Laundry List for Compliance, and a Peek into 2021

In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley review the compliance obligations employers must review and complete prior to the end of the year, for both calendar and non-calendar year plans. Chase digs into the basis of imputed income for domestic partner coverage and group term life insurance, and the importance of calculating and adding imputed income before the end of the year. Chase and Suzanne review the notices, tests and filings that must be completed by years’ end, including the Massachusetts HIRD filing requirement. Chase then looks forward to 2021, investigating the federal and state reporting requirements for employer mandate and state individual mandates. As the pandemic – and remote work – continues into 2021, Chase and Suzanne discuss the importance of state tax nexus and employment and income tax withholding for those working from home in a different state. The two conclude with a quick recap of the continued administrative challenges created by the DOL’s extensions to COBRA and HIPAA special enrollment deadlines via the so-called “outbreak period.”

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

Listen on Google Play Music

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