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Thought leadership, insights, and resources provided to you from The ABD Team.

Compliance Alerts

COVID-19 Layoffs and Furloughs

Layoffs and furloughs can be challenging to navigate and can have a direct impact on your employer-sponsored retirement plan, e.g. your company 401(k) or 403(b) plan. We’re here to help outline the potential impacts, considerations, and support you through this challenging period.

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Furloughs and Layoffs During the Economic Impact of COVID-19

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 companies have implemented, or are considering implementing, measures to ensure the financial liability of their organization. The current situation has impacted businesses, and as a result many are exploring options to help their employees during this uncertain time.

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Financial Relief Amid COVID-19

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress signed into law the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. We invite you to view our summary of the CARES Act and the impact to retirement plans.

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How the CARES Act Affects 401(k) Plans

The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27th, 2020. Our Retirement Services Relief Guide breakdowns how the CARES Act impacts retirement plans and your participants.

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401(k) Plan Sponsor Guidance

Learn how COVID-19 impacts the role of the Plan Sponsor through ABD’s Retirement Services reference guide. Plan Sponsors should consider the following as we navigate these unprecedented times.

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How the CARES Act Affects Employee Benefits

The Senate unanimously passed the massive Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The House is expected to pass the CARES Act as soon as Friday, which will send the bill to the White House for President Trump’s swift signature.

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ABD COVID-19 and Employee Benefits Guide

Our ABD Compliance Team created a guide with information on the impact of COVID-19 and its effect on employee benefit plans, FFCRA Mandates, health plan eligibility, active coverage, subsidies options for employers, and more. This guide aligns with the on-demand webinar.

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Policyholder Financial Relief

IRS and DOL Issue New COVID-19 Guidance

As a result, all individuals covered under a HDHP that provides first-dollar (i.e., not subject to the deductible) coverage for testing and treatment of COVID-19 can maintain HSA eligibility.

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Leadership Guidance

Growing Cyber Risk Amid COVID-19

While the usual cyber risks for organizations remain, enhanced risks are rapidly growing due to remote working. Read warnings from U.S. and international agencies to prevent potential cyber attacks.

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Using the Hierarchy of Controls to Reduce Exposure to COVID-19

During our current emergency, employers must reevaluate exposures and develop new ways of reducing the risks to our employees. Because employers are experiencing significant issues locating PPE for use in the workplace, the Hierarchy of Controls should be used to evaluate and develop a comprehensive risk reduction strategy.

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Empowering Remote Teams Requires the Right Tools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees find themselves working from home for the first time. To help companies empower remote teams, ABD has compiled a list of the best tools and techniques to keep employees focused, productive, and connected.

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Global Resources at Your Fingertips

Mental and physical health is important no matter where you are. Given the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative to understand your international insurance options, coverages, and exclusions.

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Occupational Medical Health Clinics – Preparedness Matters

Clinics are working diligently to remain updated on safety policies, as well as with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local officials to ensure they, and their clinical teams, are taking the proper steps or action to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Employees

Whether your employees are currently working remote, performing essential business functions, or furloughed altogether – there are many ways to support the health and wellbeing of your workforce during this unusual time.

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Paying Employees During COVID-19

With millions of Americans forced to stay home, employers must understand what pay employees are entitled to during these quarantine orders. The HR Services practice is sharing strategies their clients are utilizing.

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Business Operations and Coverages

COVID-19 Update: Keeping You Informed

As information on COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will bring you information from trusted sources to ensure you are well-informed. Read here for updates from our OH&S Team.

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Policyholder Financial Relief

New California and Washington State Policyholder Financial Relief

UPDATE – May 15, 2020: In a press release, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara extended his previous order requiring insurance companies to partially return insurance premiums amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order now includes the month of May, in addition to the already included months of March and April. Review original request here.

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Claims and COVID-19: Guidance and Considerations

While the facts, circumstances, and policy language for each potential loss must be carefully reviewed in order to determine how coverage may or may not respond, outside factors such as local, state, and federal government intervention is keeping this a fluid and developing situation. The following guidelines represent current best practices, and we encourage you to follow them in a timely manner.

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COVID-19 Update: Keeping You Informed

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) has recently posted an update for General Business employers related to COVID-19. Our Property & Casualty OH&S Team rounded up highlights to keep you informed and your employees safe.

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COVID-19 Social Distancing, Disinfection, and Response Protocol

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most American workers will likely experience low (caution) or medium exposure risk levels at their job or place of employment. We’ve put together a downloadable response protocol for your business.

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COVID-19 Claims Processing

Over the past couple of weeks, the claims team has seen the impact of the coronavirus on almost all business sectors we support. Here are considerations as you navigate claims pertaining to this situation.

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Resources for Individuals and Families

Insights on Market Volatility

Given the recent volatility in the international and domestic financial markets, our Retirement and Financial Wellness team has put together a guide to summarize your insights and answers to commonly asked questions.

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