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New York Lifts Most Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions

New York State Lifts Restrictions. On June 7, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the State would lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On June 15, 2021, Governor Cuomo held a press conference to announce that New York had reached the 70% first-dose threshold...

IRS Guidance: COVID-19 PPE May be Eligible to be Reimbursed from Health FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs

On March 26, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published Announcement 2021-7, which notifies taxpayers that certain amounts paid for personal protective equipment (such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes) for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (“COVID-19 PPE”) may be an eligible expense that can be reimbursed from certain health care account based plans. The IRS Announcement treats amounts paid for COVID-19 PPE as amounts paid for medical care under 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”)...

American Rescue Plan Act: New Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) became law in March of this year. One of the many relief provisions included in ARPA is a temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation premiums for certain individuals, summarized in our prior alert, found here. On April 7, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (the “EBSA”) released model notices and FAQs (the “FAQs”) clarifying certain aspects of the changes ARPA made with respect to COBRA continuation. While interpretive questions remain, prompt action by employers and other providers of health plan benefits is necessary...

The EEOC Issues Clarifying Guidance about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its COVID-19 guidance to address workplace issues related to COVID-19 vaccines, including mandatory vaccination policies. According to the EEOC, employers may mandate vaccines, but must attempt to accommodate employees who refuse vaccination because of disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Under both exemptions, an employer is required to provide an employee with a reasonable accommodation excusing the vaccination requirement unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship to the employer...
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