Category: Newsletter

  • COVID-19 testing

    IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment Pre-Deductible

    The IRS has issued new emergency guidance that allows employers and insurers to waive the cost of coronavirus testing and treatment for workers who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Major health insurers report that employers have been asking if they can make the change to their high-deductible plans without breaching IRS regulations regarding […]

    April 9, 2020

  • Broken Chain

    Coronavirus Could Trigger Multiple Insurance Policies

    COVID-19 is forcing businesses to face a number of risks, liability and insurance implications. Companies could seek coverage for a variety of claims stemming from the outbreak, including workers’ compensation, business interruption, liability and more. And, now that it is a pandemic, the economic fallout may be expansive – hitting your company’s operations in the […]

    April 9, 2020

  • work from home

    Tips for Successful Telecommuting During Outbreak

    As the coronavirus spread ramps up and more people are being asked to self-isolate, many employers are scrambling to put systems in place to allow their employees to telecommute. Many companies are not set up for telecommuting arrangements, and they have legitimate concerns about productivity, communications ― and even the possibility of workers’ comp claims […]

    April 9, 2020

  • Workers' Compensation

    COVID-19 Emergency Workers’ Compensation Rating Changes on Tap

    Emergency rules are being developed to guide workers’ compensation classification and claims for coronavirus-affected employers and their workers in California. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is pursuing the temporary rules to ensure fairness for employers so that their workers’ comp rates and experience modifiers (X-Mods) are not adversely affected by COVID-19-related issues. The Rating […]

    April 9, 2020

  • CARES Act

    CARES Act Boosts Unemployment Benefits for Laid-off, Furloughed Workers

    With the sudden eruption of economic calamity, and more than 247 million Americans under stay-at-home orders, some 3.1 million individuals filed for unemployment in the last week of March. To counter the blow to their income, Congress passed and President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in […]

    April 9, 2020

  • telemedicine

    Telemedicine Taking Off, Reducing Health Costs

    One of the fastest growing parts of the health care system, and which touches significantly on group health plans, is telemedicine. From 2016 to 2017, insurance claims for services rendered via telehealth ― as a percentage of all medical claim lines ― grew 53% nationally, faster than any other avenue of care, according to “FH […]

    January 24, 2020

  • Business decisions

    Controversial Law Suffers Early Legal Setbacks

    California’s controversial independent contractor law suffered its first two legal setbacks in January after trucking firms and independent truckers were able beat back at the new law in court. On Jan. 8, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that AB 5 does not apply to independent truckers because they are covered by federal […]

    January 24, 2020

  • office bulletin

    Make Sure You Are Posting All Required Employee Notices

    Under federal and state law, employment law posters are to be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees can see them. The list of notices is long, and they are required by a patchwork of state and federal agencies. It’s not easy to keep track of all the notices the federal and California state […]

    January 24, 2020

  • Top 10

    Top 10 Laws and Regulations for 2020

    The new decade is starting off with a massive swell of important new laws and regulations that will affect California businesses. There are so many new laws and regulations that companies have to be on their toes especially at the start of 2020 to get their bearings. This is the first of a two-part entry […]

    January 24, 2020

  • what

    Employees Satisfied with Plans, but Health Plan Costs a Burden

    While health insurance premiums aren’t going up as much as they used to, both employers and their workers are still struggling with higher health care costs. According to the “2018 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey,” published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute together with Greenwald & Associates, roughly half of all workers experienced an […]

    October 3, 2019