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The Department of Labor Issues Model Notices and Additional Guidance Regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 100% COBRA Premium Subsidy

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Purpose

We want to alert clients to the availability of Model COBRA Subsidy Notices and Frequently Asked Questions (the FAQs) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on April 7, 2021 in connection with the 100% COBRA premium subsidy available from April 1 until September 30 for group health plan participants who  have lost their coverage due to an involuntary termination of their employment or a reduction in hours. The COBRA premium subsidy applies to any group health plan subject to the federal COBRA laws as well as to group health plans subject to state “mini-COBRA” laws. 

The FAQs provide answers to a number of key questions.

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Creates a 100% COBRA Premium Subsidy

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Purpose

We want to alert clients to the provision in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 which creates a 100% COBRA premium subsidy available from April 1 until September 30 for group health plan participants who have lost their coverage due to an involuntary termination of their employment or a reduction in hours. The COBRA subsidy applies to any group health plan subject to the federal COBRA laws as well as to group health plans subject to state “mini-COBRA” laws. Thus it can apply to large as well as small employers.

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American Rescue Plan Adds $7.25B in Paycheck Protection Program Funding

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After being the focus of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (EAA) of the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (CAA), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is only a small part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that the president signed on March 11. The ARP adds $7.25 billion in additional funding to PPP but does not extend the PPP's current application period or deadline of March 31, 2021. 

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Updated PPP FAQs – Second Draw PPP Loans

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On March 3, 2021, the U.S. Treasury Department in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an updated set of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These FAQs are tied to the changes and continuation of the PPP loan program enacted under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The updated FAQs reflect changes or clarifications made to existing FAQs mainly to assist Second Draw PPP borrowers. Below is a summary of certain FAQs. A full copy of the FAQs can be found here.

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American Rescue Plan Act Would Authorize $1.9B in Funding for Pandemic Stimulus and Relief Efforts

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Congress is currently considering legislation that would enact the American Rescue Plan outlined by President Biden when he took office last month. Last Friday evening, a House committee released the first draft of a consolidated 600 page bill. The bill expands, extends, or creates several measures designed to address lingering issues with the pandemic and economy.

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Education and Data Privacy Issues to Watch in 2021

Posted In Privacy, Schools

Education and Data Privacy Issues to Watch in 2021

So far, it appears that 2021 will be at least as challenging for most institutions as 2020 was; this includes educational institutions.  Given the increased use of remote learning and communication tools, school administrators should be aware of three broad trends in privacy and data security: ransomware, evolving state data privacy laws, and the potential for federal privacy action.  All of these areas, especially combined with digital workflow and video streaming, pose potential issues for schools and universities.

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New Field Guide for Camps

Posted In Youth Camps

New Field Guide for Camps

The American Camping Association has updated its field guide for 2021, designed to help camps reduce exposure to COVID. The publication offers guidance for all sorts of camps, ranging from adventure programs to day camps. It also has a new chapter about vaccines. If you are a parent thinking about sending your child to camp this year, the publication will tell you what to look for. If you are part of a camping program, this field guide is an essential tool for your organization.

Mandated Reporter Arrested

Mandated Reporter Arrested

Another mandated reporter has been arrested for failing to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. According to this story, a principal in Orlando has been charged with two counts of violating Florida's mandated reporter law. Florida law requires an immediate report of "known or suspected" abuse, and treats failure to report as a felony. This particular principle also is accused of preventing another person from making a report, leading to the second felony charge against him.

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Coordinating Your Capital

Posted In Financial Ideas

Coordinating Your Capital

There were a lot of lessons learned in 2020. Things like how important it is to have a stockpile of toilet paper; that you can get through the valley and reinvent yourself and your business; and of course, being grateful for the people we care about and the relationships we cherish.

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New Guide For Preventing Child Abuse

New Guide For Preventing Child Abuse

Johns Hopkins has published a new guide to preventing child sexual abuse.  I have not had time to read it all the way through, but it promises to be an important contribution to the literature in this area. If you work or volunteer with a youth-serving organization, it needs to be in your library. You can read the highlights and download a copy here.

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