Yesterday, the Department of Labor released Frequently Asked Questions and model notices and election forms in connection with the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) COBRA premium subsidy. The model notices and election forms may be used by employers to notify Assistance Eligible Individuals of the availability of the COBRA premium subsidy.
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On March 15, OSHA adopted an NEP in response to President Biden’s Executive Order directing the agency to come up with a national program for COVID-19 enforcement priorities. The NEP directs OSHA to conduct programmed inspections at work sites where employees have a higher frequency of close contact exposures and COVID outbreaks. Industries targeted for heightened scrutiny fall into two categories: (1) establishments in certain NAICS Codes which OSHA has identified as having higher rates of exposure; or (2) industries having an elevated illness rate based upon 2020 OSHA illness reporting data. Many NAICS Codes on the list are related… Read more
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