02.23.2021

Workplace Guidelines to Protect Against COVID-19

In a year where it seems like the world has flipped upside down, it should come as no surprise that the Department of Labor is also changing some things. On January 29th, the Biden administration...

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01.11.2021

Understanding the $900B Stimulus Package

By Barry Fields, Vice President, Employee Benefits The President signed into law an emergency stimulus package designed to deliver approximately $900 billion in COVID-19-related aid. Notably, the bill provides funding for unemployment benefits, small businesses,...

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01.07.2021

New Jersey’s Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

1/13/2021 Update: Beginning January 14th, individuals over 65 and individuals 16-54 with certain medical conditions as defined by the CDC will be eligible. Individuals at High Risk (Phase 1B) (effective 1/14/21) Individuals aged 65 and...

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01.05.2021

New Relief for FSA Health Care and Dependent Care Accounts

By Barry Fields, Vice President, Employee Benefits The New Year brings to us the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which includes relief for plan sponsors offering Health Care and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s)....

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10.13.2020

The Bummer Summer

By Robin Manougian, Vice President The early days of COVID-19 seemed like a long snow day. Businesses shut down and restaurants closed. Were it not for the specter of the unseen threat around us, the empty...

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10.02.2020

New Jersey Announces New TDI Rates and Benefits for 2021

The 2021 New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) employee/employer contribution rates and taxable wage base were announced by NJ’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  A comparison of 2020 vs. 2021 is provided in the...

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08.25.2020

Keep Your Company Safe While Working From Home

By Bernie Cosentino, Vice President Since the beginning of the digital age, protecting our information has been a concern. These concerns have never been greater as the spread of the coronavirus has triggered the mobilization...

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08.11.2020

Responding to an Employee’s Positive Coronavirus Test

By Conor Moran, Assistant Vice President Employers are responsible for handling an employee’s positive coronavirus test swiftly to protect the health of other employees while preserving the affected employee’s confidentiality. In addition to notifying the...

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07.28.2020

Understanding the Business Interruption Claims Process

By Gwenyth Luu, Commercial Lines Director Continuity is critical in business, and there are few things more important than continuous revenue and cash flow. In fact, just one brief business interruption can be incredibly costly...

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07.27.2020

Compliance Alert – DOL Issues Revised Optional FMLA Forms

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the forms employers and employees may use to meet their notification and certification obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave...

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07.14.2020

The Benefits of Online Enrollment

By Barry Fields, Vice President Employee Benefits Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the way we work was changing and the workforce was also changing. Companies of all sizes were demonstrating innovation and flexibility. They were...

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07.07.2020

Could Coronavirus Affect Unemployment Insurance?

By Gwen Luu, Commercial Lines Director There are a lot of questions surrounding COVID-19 and its effects on the economic and political landscape. One thing that isn’t in question, unfortunately, is how many people are...

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