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Presidential campaign: Where Trump, Biden differ on HR issues

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden disagree on most issues affecting America’s workplaces. Here is a breakdown of where they stand.

Do your employees rely on mail-order prescriptions?

With questions being raised about potential delays in U.S. Postal Service delivery, the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 6.6 million enrollees in health insurance plans sponsored by large employers counted on mail-order pharmacies for at least one prescription in 2018.

Workers’ comp increasingly covers covid-19

Most states have now modified their workers’ compensation systems to cover employees unable to work because they contracted covid-19 on the job.

Supreme Court rules for religious employers

Two of the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decisions of the 2019-2020 term backed employers’ ability to invoke religion to exempt themselves from laws affecting employees and the workplace.

Use open enrollment to explain new plan changes

The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in important changes for employer-provided health plans. According to experts at the Mercer consulting firm, this fall’s upcoming open enrollment season is the perfect opportunity to make sure employees understand what’s new.

Snapshot: Who uses telemedicine most?

Virtual care grew 1.6 times in the last year.

IRS grants more health benefits flexibility

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance that provides health benefits options for employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Abortion excluded from 10% of employee coverage

Ten percent of workers are employed by an organization that has asked their insurer or third-party administrator to exclude abortion coverage from their health plan, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

COBRA compliance, notice deadlines extended

Because employers may be working with skeleton staffs, some of the necessary paperwork associated with coronavirus-related terminations may have slipped through the cracks. The federal government has extended several deadlines so employers can catch up.

Final regs delay health & 401(k) plan deadlines

Final regulations and a separate disaster relief notice from the Department of Labor set up an outbreak period—running from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the announced end of the coronavirus national emergency—that plans must ignore for purposes of employees’ health plan elections and 401(k) plans’ responsibility to provide notices to participants.