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Legal Update Header On Feb. 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-15 to clarify special rules for Section 125 plans, health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

Temporary Special Rules for Health FSAs and DCAPs

The Notice is intended to clarify the application of special rules for health FSAs and DCAPs provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA).  

News Brief header The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an analysis that found that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.

According to the FDA, the vaccine meets requirements for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The vaccine, developed by Janssen Biotech Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has been found to have 72% efficacy in the United States, while proving less effective in Latin America and South Africa, where a highly contagious variant is behind most new cases. The vaccine has also demonstrated 86% efficacy against severe forms of COVID-19 in the United States, with 82% against severe outcomes in South Africa.

Legal Update Header On Feb. 12, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) withdrew two proposed rules it previously issued in January 2021, on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Overview of the Proposed Rules

These proposed rules were issued in response to a federal court decision that vacated a portion of EEOC regulations describing the incentives that an employer could offer:

Risk Insights header image Sprinkler heads are largely responsible for detecting the presence of a fire at your commercial property and activating the sprinkler system’s water dispersal capabilities—thus suppressing the flames and mitigating damage.

Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests that effective sprinkler systems can reduce total deaths and property loss from fire incidents by over 65%. However, sprinkler heads must be properly maintained in order to operate correctly in the event of a fire. That’s why it’s important to take steps to ensure the effectiveness of your property’s sprinkler heads and keep them in good condition.  

HR Compliance Bulletin header image Employers must have new employees complete a number of forms before they can begin their employment.

Form W-4 is one of these forms. Form W-4 provides employers the information they need to adequately set up a new employee’s filing status for payroll tax purposes. Form W-4 is published and updated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). On Form W-4, employees can also declare the number of dependents, the tax credits and deductions they intend to claim. While this form is often used for new hires, employees can update the W-4 form they have on file with their employer whenever a change in filing status, dependents or other tax credits and deductions take place.  

You can’t control the weather—but you can take safety measures to protect your family and home against the threat and hazards of power outages.

If severe weather or intense winter chill hits unexpectedly, power outages can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. However, if you’re already in the dark, there are still steps you can take to keep everyone safe until your power is restored.      

HR Compliance Bulletin header image The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on the elements of consent and disclosures necessary to support employee decision-making when employers incorporate workplace COVID-19 testing.

Differences in position and authority (such as workplace hierarchies), as well as employment status in nonstandard working arrangements (e.g., temporary help, contract help or part-time employment) can affect an employee’s ability to make free decisions. This guidance suggests measures employers can take when developing a testing program.    

Legal Update Header On Feb. 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

OSHA is accepting comments on the proposal until 60 days after its publication, which is expected on Feb. 16, 2021.    

News Brief header The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued an order requiring masks for domestic travel, consistent with an executive order recently signed by President Joe Biden promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic and international travel.

According to the order, individuals must wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on aircraft, trains, road vehicles and other means of transport into and within the United States, as well as when at a transportation hub.    

News Brief header In a recent White House briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recommended that Americans continue to avoid travel.

Specifically, Walensky said that air travel is a high-risk activity for COVID-19 spread as “there’s more gathering that happens in airports.” Walensky’s statement is consistent with the CDC’s online travel guidance, which states that cases “are extremely high” and urges Americans, “Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.”