Coronavirus Information for HR & Benefits Managers

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Today’s environment is like none other we’ve encountered before. Updates to the how, what, who, when, where, and why are changing daily. We have the information you seek. From legislative information to communicating with your employees, let BenefitsQB help you navigate these uncharted waters and keep you up-to-date on the facts related to Coronavirus and COVID-19.



Congress has agreed to a $2 trillion economic rescue package to provide financial assistance to American families and loans for businesses. The package would provide direct financial assistance to Americans while also stabilizing various sectors of the economy.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will take effect from April 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020. The Act includes two types of paid leave: expansion of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and provision of up to 80 hours of paid sick leave due to COVID-19 illness.

The new legislation is filled with provisions ranging from employer-sponsored health plans to cover COVID-19 testing to FMLA expansion and more. This document contains a specific breakdown of what was enacted in this legislation.

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Refer to this document for more information on paid leave entitlements, eligible employees, and qualifying reasons for leave.

On March 18th, the US Senate voted to approve a coronavirus relief bill that requires paid leave benefits related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide several billion dollars in federal aid to address the coronavirus outbreak. This act has since been passed by the Senate and signed into law, allowing Americans to receive emergency leave benefits, among other provisions.


HR Insights / HR Compliance

The coronavirus disease has caused employers to make significant changes to their business practices, including onboarding. Here are some best practices to keep in mind if you have new hires who need to be onboarded remotely during the pandemic.

At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainty for employees and their families, it’s imperative that you provide guidance for employees and calm their fears while communicating frequently about your business’s plans.

Employers are obligated to maintain a safe work environment for employees but are also subjected to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. With the rise of COVID-19, employers need to be mindful of the compliance issues in this type of situation.

Consider the strategies outlined in this checklist to ensure your workplace is prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the increase of employees working remotely, there is also an increase in cyber risks, particularly for those who fail to take the proper precautions. In order to safeguard your business and employees from data breaches, cyber scams, and viruses, follow the strategies outlined here.

As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for the employees. This Compliance Overview provides a summary of the issues that employers may encounter when terminating or suspending employment due to COVID-19.

With the coronavirus causing more employees to work from home and remain socially distant, it’s important for companies to keep their telecommuting employees engaged, motivated, and productive.

On March 18th, President Trump signed the coronavirus relief legislation into law. As it is a new law, there may be countless questions running through everyone’s minds. Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding the legislation.


Employee Communication​

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness or breath, call your healthcare provider and follow these steps to manage your care from home.

The Department of Education has announced that borrowers may suspend deferral student loan payments without penalty or accruing interest for the next 60 days. Individuals should speak to their lenders for more information on how this may affect them or to request forbearance.

The Treasury Department and the IRS issued new guidance that allows individuals to defer federal tax payments of up to $1 million until July 15th.

As the number of cases rise, hospitals are being inundated with phone calls and visits.Telemedicine and telehealth services are emerging as viable solutions to lessen the burden on health care staff and facilities, while still providing individuals with the care they need.

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