HSA Distributions Reached ‘All-Time Low’​ in 2020, EBRI Report Says

The average individual contribution to health savings accounts fell between 2019 and 2020, while average annual distributions fell to an “all-time low” last year, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute report published this month. Both trends may have been driven by the pandemic in some way, EBRI said. HSA owners may have reduced contributions as unemployment…

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FDA Approval of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Provides Cover for Employer Mandates

In a milestone for the public health response to the ongoing pandemic, regulators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued Monday full approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine. The two-dose mRNA vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been available to individuals 16 years of age and older under the FDA’s emergency use authorization since…

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Employers React to Workers Who Refuse Vaccination as COVID-19 Cases Rise

As mandatory COVID-19 vaccines become more widespread, many employers are asking what they can do if workers refuse. Some employers are firing workers who won’t take the vaccine and others are requiring unvaccinated employees to submit to weekly testing and take other safety precautions. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has weighed in with guidance that…

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Check Your Call-In Policies

A recent Third Circuit Court of Appeal decision provides great guidance on what a good call-in policy can look like. In this case the employer, Penn State Health, utilized a call-in policy that required employees to make twocalls when they wanted to request FMLA leave: First, an employee had to call to a designated “call-off” line,…

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The Affordable Care Act: major actions in 2017 and what to expect in 2018

Throughout 2017, the Trump Administration and the Republican-led Congress continued to pursue one of the primary pillars in their party’s platform: repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While Congress had visualized repeal and replace efforts as the first priority on the agenda in 2017 under the then newly seated Trump Administration, multiple attempts…

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