Keeping You Informed on COVID-19

Helping employers navigate the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic

 

KELLY Benefit Strategies is committed to providing relevant, timely and actionable updates to clients and the HR community regarding COVID-19’s impact on benefit plans and the workplace. Through the following communication vehicles, we will continue to relay important information so that you can make the best decisions for your organization and employees. This page will be updated regularly to help those we serve navigate this unprecedented time.

 

Current communications include:

Webinars

Thursdays at 11 a.m. Eastern Time

Join us as KBS compliance and consulting subject matter experts discuss the latest COVID-19 updates practical to businesses and employee benefits. Part of KELLY University, KELLY’s ongoing educational series, each session looks at how benefit plans are changing, how employers should communicate changes, necessary actions to take, and also provides an opportunity for audience questions. Register to join us live or view and listen to past webinars via the links below.

 

Upcoming Webinars


Check Back for Future Dates!

The Current Impact of Coronavirus on Employee Benefit Plans - Session 11

Presentation by: Jen Berman, JD, MBA, Senior Vice President of Compliance and ERISA Counsel
John Newcome, Vice President and Senior Consultant

 

 

Past Webinars


June 18, 2020

Wellness Rules and the Impact of COVID-19 - Session 10

In Session 10 of our COVID-19 webinar series, KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA, KELLY’s Senior Vice President of Compliance and ERISA Counsel, discussed wellness programs, including the various plan designs and the federal compliance laws that affect them. John Newcome, Vice President and Senior Consultant, also spoke with Gary Smithson, MD, MBA, Medical Director of Virgin Pulse, who provided additional insight on health factors affecting employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

 


June 4, 2020

Compliance Spotlight and the Pandemic's Effect on Mental Health - Session 9

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA, KELLY’s Senior Vice President of Compliance and ERISA Counsel, and John Newcome, Vice President and Senior Consultant, discussed the new Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness relief provisions, emergency Flexible Spending Account allowances and Health Savings Account eligibility as well as the latest analysis of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on mental health.

 


May 21, 2020

Health Plan Rules During the Outbreak Period - Session 8

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA, KELLY’s Senior Vice President of Compliance and ERISA Counsel, and John Newcome, Vice President and Senior Consultant discussed regulatory updates related to the Department of Labor and Treasury's emergency rules for special enrollment periods and COBRA as well as relief guidance under Section 125 cafeteria plans.

 


May 7, 2020

Emergency COBRA Rules Explained and COVID-19's Impact on Underwriting Risk and Renewals - Session 7

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA, KELLY’s Senior Vice President of Compliance and ERISA Counsel, and John Newcome, Vice President and Senior Consultant offered insight on the latest legislative and compliance updates, including the new emergency rules and COBRA timeframes. Jen and John were also joined by David Esmond, Vice President of Underwriting for KELLY Benefit Strategies, who discussed underwriting risk and renewals in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


April 23, 2020

Stabilizing Businesses and Preparing to Reopen During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Session 6

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA and John Newcome discussed the newly announced $321 billion addition to the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Jen and John were also joined by Tom Rasmussen, President of the Maryland Market at NWSB Bank, who spoke further on the PPP as well as Donna Glover, JD, employment attorney at Baker Donelson, who shared valuable insight on back-to-work strategies.

 


April 16, 2020

A Retrospective and a Look Ahead: The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic - Session 5

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA and John Newcome provide a retrospective of how the global coronavirus pandemic and its far-reaching impacts have rapidly and profoundly changed the business and benefit landscape, including new and clarified guidance on various legislative actions and a look ahead at what employers can expect going forward.

 


April 9, 2020

Current Impact of the Coronavirus on Employee Benefit Plans - Session 4

KBS’ Jen Berman, JD, MBA and John Newcome took a deeper dive into five provisions of the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Impact Payments, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Payroll Tax Deferrals and Employee Retention Credits. Jen and John were also joined by Lance Schoening, Director of Federal Government Relations with Principal Financial Group, who shared information on how the CARES Act is currently impacting retirement plans.

 


April 2, 2020

Current Impact of the Coronavirus on Employee Benefit Plans - Session 3

KBS subject matter experts Jen Berman, JD, MBA and John Newcome discussed the Paycheck Protection Program enacted under the CARES Act as well as their Top Five Tips, focusing on what is most important for employers in the week ahead. Jen and John were also joined by David Kelly, President of KELLY Payroll, and Susan Webster, Human Resources Business Consultant, who provided insight into what employers should expect from payroll providers at this time.

 


March 26, 2020

Current Impact of the Coronavirus on Employee Benefit Plans - Session 2

KELLY Benefit Strategies subject matter experts further discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as well as other COVID-19 related topics affecting employers.

 

March 19, 2020

Current Impact of the Coronavirus on Employee Benefit Plans - Session 1

KELLY Benefit Strategies subject matter experts discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law the night before, as well as other COVID-19 related topics affecting employers.

 

Compliance Alerts

KELLY’s Compliance team distributes regular guidance and briefings in response to recent developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. These alerts outline the latest federal, state, and local actions that directly impact employee benefit plans, to ensure your organization is up to date. Our recent alerts are available below for viewing and download.

 

COVID-19 Testing Rules for Employers
July 1, 2020

 

New Law Changes Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Requirements
June 5, 2020

 

Employers Granted Authority to Permit Certain Mid-Year Health Plan Changes
May 14, 2020

 

Emergency Regulation Has Significant Immediate COBRA Implications
April 30, 2020

 

New Law to Replenish the Paycheck Protection Program and Provide Other COVID-19 Economic Relief Signed by President Trump
April 24, 2020

 

New Guidance Available About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 31, 2020

 

Massive Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Passes
March 27, 2020

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law
March 19, 2020

 

Actions Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic That Impact Employee Benefit Plans
March 11, 2020

 

Maryland Insurance Administration Issues Emergency Rules in Response to Coronavirus
March 7, 2020

 

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