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2021 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on May 20, 2020 by

In a bit of a respite from COVID-19, today the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2021.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are slightly higher than the ones for 2020.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2021. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions […]

OSHA Will Again Require Employers to Record COVID-19 Illness Cases

Posted on May 20, 2020 by

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced yesterday that it will resume enforcing its illness reporting requirements with regard to COVID-19 cases for most employers.  The new guidance may be found here. This is a reversal of the relaxation that OSHA announced six weeks ago that it was putting a hold on most COVID-19 […]

Welcome Back—Wisconsin Safety Council Identifies 8 Key Steps to Keep Employees Safe!

Posted on May 18, 2020 by and

Late last week, the Wisconsin Safety Council released a brochure for Wisconsin employers to consider as they prepare to reopen.  The brochure can be found here. Employers should also consult the previously issued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Reopen Guidelines for their industry here. Finally, don’t forget to keep an eye on your local government directives.  […]

Quiet Friday Evening Interrupted by Long Awaited SBA Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

Posted on May 16, 2020 by and

You’ve been waiting.  We’ve been waiting.  Another week went by with no meaningful guidance on the forgiveness provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program.  What better time to issue it than a beautiful Friday evening!  We now have the official Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application, and instructions.  Not drafts, but the actual form and instructions […]

PPP Safe Harbor Repayment Date Extended (Again) to May 18th

Posted on May 14, 2020 by , and

On May 5th,  the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) extended the PPP loan repayment safe harbor from May 7th to May 14th. In FAQ #47 the Treasury just announced it has extended the deadline once again—this time to May 18th. This extension is intended to give borrowers additional time to consider the SBA’s repayment […]

IRS Flexes Its Flexible Spending Account Rules

Posted on May 14, 2020 by

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33, which relax some of the rules applicable to cafeteria plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Notice 2020-29 will apply to the vast majority of cafeteria plan sponsors and also applies to dependent care flexible spending accounts and premium payment elections, while Notice 2020-33 is […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Extension of “Safer at Home” Order

Posted on May 13, 2020 by , , and

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Tony Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor’s “Safer at Home” order until May 26. The original “Safer at Home” order went into effect on March 25 and was initially expected to expire on April 24, but the governor’s administration extended the order until […]

New PPP FAQ — Good Faith Certification of Economic Uncertainty

Posted on May 13, 2020 by , and

The US Department of Treasury released FAQ #46 this morning providing guidance on “how will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request.” Any borrower, together with its affiliates, that received PPP loans with an original amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required […]

Additional COVID-19 Blanket Waivers Released by CMS

Posted on May 12, 2020 by

As we previously predicted, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has continued to issue expansions of the Blanket Waivers applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  CMS states the reason for issuing these waivers is to give heath care providers the flexibility they require to fulfill their patient care obligations during the pandemic. The PDF […]

IRS Provides Information on Where to Send Deceased Individual’s Stimulus Check

Posted on May 7, 2020 by

On the same day we published the article My Deceased Family Member Received a COVID-19 Stimulus Check, Now What? the IRS provided guidance on how to return stimulus payments that were made under the CARES Act to deceased individuals. If your deceased family member or relative received a paper check by mail, you should follow these […]