Alerts

  • Information Current as of May 19, 2021

    On May 17, 2021 the Department of Labor hosted a WebEx Presentation on the ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy. At the end of the Presentation two Senior Benefits Advisors held a Question & Answer session resulting in the following clarifications.

  • Information Current as of April 30, 2021

    On March 1, 2021, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a decision impacting both residential and commercial landlords/property owners. The ruling has a potentially broad impact, and is especially noteworthy for landlords in the current pandemic environment. 

  • Information Current as of April 29, 2021

    On April 16, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFP) issued a new pandemic-related Interim Rule applicable to those who act as “debt collectors.” The Interim Rule goes into effect on May 3, 2021. The CFP Interim Rule amends Regulation F, which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), by requiring a new form of notice from the debt collector in connection with the eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent issued by the Center for ...

  • Information Current as of April 27, 2021

    We want to alert clients that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) has extended the COVID Health National Health Emergency until July 20, 2021.

  • Information Current as of April 14, 2021

    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 ...

  • Information Current as of April 1, 2021

    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 ...

  • Information Current as of March 30, 2021

    While there have been several legal challenges to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions for non-payment of rent, on March 29, 2021 the CDC extended the moratorium through June 30, 2021. As many are aware, the moratorium prohibits eviction of covered persons (see prior law alert here for more details) for non-payment of rent while the moratorium is in place. Full payment of all past due and current rent due ...

  • Mar 22 2021

    On March 27, 2021, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (“The Act”) is set to take effect. The Act was passed with bipartisan support in an effort to curb the underage use of electronic nicotine delivery systems or “ENDS,” better known as Vape products. The Act amends the language of previously enacted shipping regulations on cigarettes and tobacco to now include Vape products such as e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-cigars, vape pens ...

  • Information Current as of March 17, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), which President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021, contains hundreds of billions of dollars in spending for schools, colleges, and universities through the already existing Education Stabilization Fund. For child care programs, the bill provides more money for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. For K-12 schools, the bill adds more funds to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund ...

  • Information Current as of March 15, 2021

    To curb the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) into law on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus includes over $28.6 billion designated as direct aid to restaurants, a program known as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).  Roughly a year after restaurants first faced unprecedented COVID-19 restrictions, and just in time for spring and reopenings ...

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