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Wildfire Season: Maintain Your Response Plan Annually

Marcco Gambatese

Actions and planning during the off-season impact how well you are ready to weather another wildfire season. In the past few years, the U.S. mainland has experienced bigger and more frequent wildfire activity. Read below for timely advice on wildfires. Prepare Know where to go Be familiar with evacuation routes…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: COVID Vaccine Incentives

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Some employers require employees to obtain COVID vaccines as a condition of employment, while many others are instead choosing to offer incentives to encourage their workforce to obtain COVID vaccines. Any time an incentive is tied to a vaccine, it is necessary to consider applicable nondiscrimination rules found under HIPAA,…

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Benefits Trends Shaped by COVID-19 in 2021 and Beyond

While brighter days are on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employees and their benefits continues to be the main topic within Human Resource departments. The year 2020 was a make-it-or-break-it test for employers and benefit strategies. As a result, 2021 benefits packages are evolving to accommodate…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: Department of Labor Releases COBRA Subsidy Website and Model Notices

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The Department of Labor (DOL) released model notices and a COBRA subsidy information website related to the COBRA subsidy that was passed as part of the American Rescue Plan Act or 2021 (ARPA). The website will be a central location that the DOL uses to inform individuals of their potential…

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[On-Demand Webinar] Reengaging Your Organizational Mission: Considerations for Nonprofits Reopening after COVID-19

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WATCH FULL WEBCAST (Password: Mission1!) The impact the pandemic has had on nonprofit organizations is significant. With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine underway, it is time to start planning for the return to pre-COVID working conditions. This webinar will address many of challenges that non-profits will likely face as…

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Risk Advisory: OSHA COVID-19 Inspection Data and Stronger Workplace Guidance

Jim Hedrick

COVID-19 Inspection Data As of Jan. 14, 2021, OSHA had performed 310 COVID-related inspections and has issued over $4,000,000 in related citations. The most common types of citations are listed below:   Medical evaluations Personal protective equipment (PPE) Workplace assessments PPE appropriateness Employee training Fit testing Storage Reporting Record keeping…

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Close to Home: How Has the Pandemic Affected Your Personal Risk Situation?

As the pandemic and resulting health crisis began last year, having more time at home, many began checking belated items off their ‘to-do lists.’ Tasks included ‘power’ cleaning, purging closets and basements, performing light home remodeling projects (the staff at Home Depot and Lowe’s now greet me and my husband…

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Protect Your Business from Social Engineering Fraud

Tiffany Fronek

The current climate has created an ideal “phishing season” for cyber criminals. They don’t need a license or a tackle box to try to take advantage of many people’s natural trusting nature. Exploiting this trust is easier than hacking your software, so trickery attempts have become commonplace. According to Crowdstrike’s…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

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Changes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Introduction The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) included provisions affecting the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The new provisions require group health plans to perform comparative analyses demonstrating compliance with the MHPAEA. Plans will now be required to provide these…

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Homeowners Insurance: What to Consider When Buying or Selling Your Home

Before You Call the Movers, Talk to Your Insurance Advisor While other segments of the economy have struggled under the weight of the pandemic, the real estate market has seen increased home prices amidst soaring demand. Many people have found themselves living and working in the same space. Suddenly, the…

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