On September 9th, the President announced a COVID-19 Action Plan (the “Plan”) and released two orders that contain surprisingly broad measures. The Plan will impact many businesses and organizations across the nation. Of particular note is: 1. Large Private Employer Testing Mandate. According to the announcement (no executive order or other binding authority exists yet),...

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service published guidance in the form of a series of 86 questions and answers (“FAQ”) that address the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021’s (“ARPA”) continuation health coverage in the form of “COBRA premium assistance” under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”), which we previously...

By Alicia Samolis Many employers are worried that COVID will result in legal liability from employee claims. However, some employers are still focusing on the wrong things. Understanding What Is (and Is Not) Likely to Get You Sued Absent legislation or an executive order, liability from COVID safety employment claims is not likely to be...

After operating remotely for the past year, local law firms are contemplating when attorneys and staff will return to working in the office. PS&H managing partner, Howard Merten, was asked to give his thoughts on the subject for a recent Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly article titled, “With Vaccinations Rolling Out, Law Firms Eyeing Office Return”. Firm leaders...

By Russell Stein On Wednesday, March 31st, President Biden released a summary of his administration’s proposed The American Jobs Plan (the “TAJP”). TAJP is a $2 trillion proposal focusing on public domestic infrastructure investments. To help incentivize infrastructure investments and fund the proposals, the TAJP summary includes the following tax related provisions: Increasing the corporate...

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The reach of the ARPA extends far and wide, including to healthcare coverage available to employees and their families following separation of employment under certain circumstances—commonly referred to as “COBRA.” The ARPA makes...

As most employers know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect in April of 2020 and required employers with less than 500 employees to provide certain forms of paid COVID-related leave to eligible employees. Specifically, the FFCRA provided for 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) to be used by employees...

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