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Coming up with a COVID-19 vaccination strategy that works for your business

In addition to COVID-19’s deadly impact on our population, it has also hit many businesses hard. Not only have there been customer declines and governmental shut-down orders, but employers have had to manage through a myriad of COVID-related employee absences. Fortunately, hope may be on the horizon, as the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is approving vaccines for wide distribution. However, with hope comes challenge, as businesses now need to decide whether and how they will make employee vaccinations part of their COVID response planning.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Will it stay or will it go?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), passed in March of 2020, provides up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and up to 12 weeks of expanded Family and Medical Leave Act leave (EFMLA) to eligible employees. Although certainly not easy for businesses to administer, the FFCRA has provided many employers and their workers with vital additional paid leave options for pandemic-related absences including time off due to COVID-19 related exposures and illnesses and to take care of children whose schools or daycares were closed due to the pandemic. The FFCRA is set to expire on December 31, 2020.

ACA reporting tips: Introduction and archive

This archive has been updated to reflect changes made by the IRS in the Form 1095C and instructions for 2020. 

We receive questions from employers almost daily on how to comply with these complex reporting requirements in various common (and unusual) situations and scenarios. To help with those questions, we have created 25 different ACA reporting tips for employers to use as guides when completing their Forms 1094C/1095C. These tips address some of the most common ACA reporting issues employers face, including helpful hints, tips and samples of completed Forms 1094C/1095C.