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Our national Employee Benefits Compliance Team is dedicated to helping you stay abreast of fast-changing legislative and regulatory developments and guidance related to health and welfare plans that could impact your business. This update will discuss guidance issued on the 2021 COBRA subsidy and changes making COVID-19 PPE a qualified medical expense.

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The Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty (ESRP), introduced by the Affordable Care Act, requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable and minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees (and their dependents), or to potentially pay tax penalties to the IRS. Whether you are new to the ESRP or your company is newly subject to the ESRP, this article covers some of the key details.

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One of the compliance obligations that comes with offering employee benefits is the requirement to offer certain participants in certain plans the opportunity to continue coverage for some period of time in certain circumstances when coverage would otherwise have been lost. But which employers have to offer continuation? On which plans? When? To whom? For how long? The answers to these questions depend on several factors.