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Complying with the American Rescue Plan: What Employers Must Do Now - On-Demand

Complying with the American Rescue Plan: What Employers Must Do Now - On-Demand

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Complying with the American Rescue Plan: What Employers Must Do Now - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

Length: 1.5 hours

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Explore the details of the American Rescue Plan Act and uncover action items and obligations for employers through this enlightening webinar with Meaghan Murphy.

In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. One of the main components to the ARPA that employers should be aware of is the extension of the federal tax credit for employers that choose to continue providing leave (and receiving federal reimbursement) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) until September 30, 2021.

Under the new law, COBRA subsidy provisions have created immediate new compliance obligations for employers. In particular, ARPA includes a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for periods of coverage between April 1 and September 30 of this year. New notices must be created to explain these rights to affected individuals.

On top of that, employers and administrators must try to locate individuals who were involuntarily terminated in the past to advise them of their new COBRA rights, as such individuals may be still eligible for subsidized COBRA.

Additionally, under ARPA, employee leave limits have been reset to 80 hours for paid sick leave on April 1, 2021. Employers that voluntarily allow employees to take such additional paid sick leave or paid family leave can still receive a tax credit for any additional leave taken as of April 1, 2021.

And finally, paid sick leave and/or paid family leave is available to employees that need to take time off to get the vaccine, or take time off if he or she experiences complications as a result of receiving the vaccine.

There is a lot to unpack under this new law, but fortunately our seasoned legal expert is here to help you make sense of it all.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify when a termination of employment triggers the COBRA subsidy, determine who must be notified, and claim any tax credits available to cover COBRA premium costs, coordinate with insurers and COBRA administrators on eligibility and premiums,
  • Identify FFCRA obligations and opportunities, and
  • Understand vaccine leave obligations.

About Your Presenters

Meaghan E. Murphy

Meaghan E. Murphy
Skoler Abbott

Attorney Meaghan E. Murphy has more than 6 years of experience in general litigation and labor and employment law. She advises clients regarding all employment-related matters, including, but not limited to, compliance with state, federal, and local laws, and discipline of employees. She will also create workplace policies for clients and represent them in various forums, including at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), government agencies, and in state and federal court.

Murphy is a graduate of Amherst College, and received her law degree from Western New England School of Law. She was named to the Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list in 2018 and 2019. She has also been an active volunteer with Hampden County Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2018.

Credit Information

Credits for this program expired on 12/31/21.