Alerts

  • 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 ...

  • Information Current as of March 15, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Biden last week. The bill provides $1.9 trillion in funding for programs that will affect nearly every aspect of the American economy.

    ARPA authorizes the expenditure of billions to expand or extend existing coronavirus relief and stimulus measures passed in 2020 as part of the three packages previously aimed at pandemic relief (FFCRA, CARES Act, and December ...

  • Information Current as of March 15, 2021

    President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”) into law on March 11, 2021. ARP provides “Crisis Support for Unemployed Workers” affected by the pandemic by extending the availability of the following types of unemployment assistance:

    Type

    Purpose

    Change

    Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation(“FPUC”)

    To supplement the weekly amount of existing state benefits by adding $300 per week from the federal government. (FPUC was ...

  • Information Current as of March 12, 2021

    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 ...

  • Information Current as of March 12, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Rescue Act”), which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11th, extends payroll tax credits for eligible employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and allows employers to provide additional emergency paid leave to eligible employees on a voluntary basis.

    Tax Credit Extension

    FFCRA required private employers with less than 500 employees and certain public sector employers to ...

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