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On December 27, 2020 the President signed the $900 billion Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Applications Act, 2021, which will provide assistance to individuals and businesses as part of a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending agreement.

Below is a summary of employer related changes with the Bill:

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA) EXTENSION:

Includes an extension of the tax credits for FFCRA until March 31, 2021. As per the bill,...

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Perspectives on How to Manage Personally and Professionally Through A Pandemic

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise, entrenching us in the second wave globally, we’re seeing more people desperately searching for a sense of normality. But it’s critically important to recognize these behaviors and the reasons behind them to manage through this pandemic.

The truth is, “covid fatigue” becomes more real the closer to home it gets. If we recognize this idea of pandemic fatigue, we...

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To say employees are working under unique circumstances in 2020 would be considered an understatement by most.

We are dealing with an intersection of stressors between the global pandemic, the impact of the resulting economic downturn, political divisions in an election year, and social unrest. Add in the upcoming holiday season and it may seem like a plunge in employee morale is inevitable, but is it? The short answer: it doesn’t have to be.

Managing morale...

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With annual open enrollment fast approaching, and the added stress the COVID pandemic has created, employers are looking for ways to head off delays or disruptions so that employees can focus on maximizing their benefit elections.

Employees are paying closer attention to their benefits, and employers have an opportunity to educate employees like never before. Trying to accommodate the needs of a diverse workforce, in a short timeframe against the backdrop of increasing options,...

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With the Coronavirus spreading quickly, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a global emergency.

The virus is currently in more than twenty countries and the number of cases is spiking at an alarming rate. Not only is this virus spreading faster than previous viruses, but the severity of symptoms and outcomes also seems to be greater, raising the public’s concern. As the financial markets begin to react to increasing concerns of a pandemic, businesses need to be...

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With 2020 around the corner, we’re excited to continue pushing the envelope when it comes to fresh thinking, innovation and relevant content to help drive your employee benefits strategy forward.

Before diving into the new year, let’s take a second to revisit your favorite Fresh Thinking blog posts of the year.

  1. HSA Requirements for Adult Dependents

Kim...

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Having gone through benefits renewals with employer groups of all sizes over the years, I have seen firsthand the importance of a well-planned and thoughtfully executed open enrollment.

Although the selection of benefits is a necessary step to prepare for open enrollment, there are a multitude of other aspects that are just as important. Many employers are under the impression that they have the open enrollment process down, but a recent study revealed that about 41%...

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We’ve all seen a meme or cartoon that pokes fun at “Monday morning blues,” but if dreading going to the office is more than a passing laugh and becomes chronic, it can lead to serious health concerns.

The average person spends over 90,000 hours at work throughout their life, and 8 out of 10 people don’t effectively manage stress leading to (well, you guessed it): burnout.

What’s new?

“Burnout is now considered an occupational phenomenon included in the World Health...

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You’ve spent time implementing your company’s new benefits package, worked alongside your benefits administrator to create an excellent communications plan, but 3 to 6 months into the plan year, you are getting a lot of questions. What’s going on?

Employees focus so much on the enrollment process, impact to their paycheck, etc., that only once they start utilizing the plan do all their questions arise. It’s possible they’ve forgotten about the protection of out of...

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On June 17, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) posted final regulations, now formally referred to as 458 CMR 2.00 (Code of Massachusetts Regulations), that went into effect as of July 1st.

The final regulations do not feature changes from the previous draft that was released by the Department. Most of the changes were adjustments made for clarification of processes and corrections in grammar. However, there were some changes that are...

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