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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Additional COVID-19-related Sanctions Authorizations and Guidance

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Additional COVID-19-related Sanctions Authorizations and Guidance | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington - - Today, in order to further aid the global fight against COVID-19, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued three general licenses (referred to as the COVID-19-related GLs) to build upon Treasury’s existing authorizations for COVID-19-related transactions and activities. The new COVID-19-related GLs expand upon longstanding humanitarian exemptions, exceptions, and authorizations to cover additional COVID-19-related transactions and activities. These include transactions and activities involving the delivery of face masks, ventilators and oxygen tanks, vaccines and the production of vaccines, COVID-19 tests, air filtration systems, and COVID-19-related field hospitals, ...
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  • FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington - - For the second year in a row, FEMA is prepared to respond to disasters as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEMA released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery,” a document aimed at helping emergency managers plan for disaster response and recovery, while adhering to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more than a year, the emergency management community has been operating in a pandemic environment, and FEMA has emphasized the importance of all state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments applying lessons learned from 2020, as they prepare for operati
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  • IRS provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).

    Notice 2021-31 provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under COBRA. The American Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100% reduction in the premium that individuals would have to pay when they elect COBRA continuation health coverage following a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of employment. The new law provides a correspondi
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  • CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services | site |



    Guidance Helps States Access Additional Federal Funds for Critical Services Supporting Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist s...
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  • IRS issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to carryovers or an extended period for incurring claims generally are not taxable. The guidance also illustrates the interaction of this standard with the one-year increase in the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care benefits from $5,000 to $10,500 for the 2021 taxable year under the American Rescue Plan Act. Because of the pandemic, many people were unable to use the money they set aside in their dependent care assistance programs in 2020 and 2021. Generally, under these plans, an employer allows its employees to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax wages...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance to States to permit greater flexibility for Waiving the recovery of certain Unemployment Insurance Overpayments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 5, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today issued an Unemployment Insurance Program Letter that provides states with guidance on addressing unemployment insurance benefit overpayments established by states for programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. An overpayment occurs when a state finds an individual received a payment or payments to which they are not entitled.

    The guidance includes the following updates on the CARES Act unemployment benefit programs:
    • States may choose to waive recovery of overpayments under certain circumstances when an individual is not at fault. This includes circumstances
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  • CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

    CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release dated: March 10, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE). This latest guidance comes as more than three million doses of vaccines have been administered within nursing homes, thanks in part to the CDC’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines. According to the updated guidance, facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the reside...
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  • Federal Reserve Board clarifies Guidance as it relates to Definitions for Minority Depository Institutions

    Federal Reserve Board clarifies Guidance as it relates to Definitions for Minority Depository Institutions | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: March 5, 2021) The Federal Reserve on Friday clarified guidance as it relates to definitions for minority depository institutions (MDIs), expanded the MDI definition to include women-owned financial institutions, and highlighted resources available to MDIs through its Partnership for Progress (PFP) program. The Federal Reserve System supports an inclusive financial system and understands the challenges inherent in providing access to credit and other financial services in traditionally underserved areas. The System remains strongly committed to identifying and carrying through all opportunities to support MDIs, consistent with its statutory mandates. The PFP program is the Federal Reserve's national MDI outreach program and implements ...
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  • US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns

    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches Public Guidance to further protect Veterans’ personal Information | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Washington - - This February the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data as part of ongoing efforts to protect Veteran data.

    The new online resource outlines nine principles for communicating clear expectations on how Veteran data is to be managed and viewed by Veterans, staff, VA partners and other stakeholders. These principles reinforce VA’s standards of data privacy and protection maintained during VA’s distribution of nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date, and other critical health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. “VA’s principle-based ethics framework takes a proactive approach to data management and privacy
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: February 22, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year. State assessments and accountability systems play an important role in advancing educational equity, identifying student needs, and targeting the resources to address them. At the same time, some schools and districts may not be able to safely administer statewide summative assessments this spring using their standard practices, while others may wish to prioritize learning time during th...
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  • FDIC Approves Rule on the Role of Supervisory Guidance

    FDIC Approves Rule on the Role of Supervisory Guidance

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Approves Rule on the Role of Supervisory Guidance | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC] press release dated: January 19, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approved a final rule outlining and confirming the agency’s use of supervisory guidance for regulated institutions. The final rule codifies the interagency statement on the role of supervisory guidance, as amended, issued in September 2018 to clarify the differences between regulations and guidance, and states that the Statement is binding on the agency. Unlike a law or regulation, supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and the FDIC does not take enforcement actions based on supervisory guidance. Rather, supervisory guidance outlines the FDIC’s supervisory expectations or priorities and articulates the FDIC’s general views regarding appropriate practices f...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Revises Interpretation, issues new Guidance clarifying Filing, Compliance Requirements in H-1B Visa Program

    U.S. Department of Labor Revises Interpretation, issues new Guidance clarifying Filing, Compliance Requirements in H-1B Visa Program | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a new interpretation of their regulations and accompanying guidance in ongoing efforts to protect American jobs and ensure employers pay temporary foreign workers admitted under the H-1B visa program as the law requires.

    ETA’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is revising its interpretation of its regulations concerning which employers of H-1B workers must file a Labor Condition Application (LCA). OFLC now interprets its regulations to require all common-law employers of H-1B workers, including any secondary employers who meet the common-law test,
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: January 5, 2021)


    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has issued updated guidance that provides implementation information to states regarding two unemployment insurance programs: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, reauthorizing the payment of FPUC benefits and creating the new MEUC program. Today’s guidance provides states with important information about the extension of FPUC program authority, and the initial program authorization of MEUC. In addition to reauthorizing FPUC, the new law also modifies the program, which expi...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave

    U.S. Department of Labor publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave

    U.S. Department of Labor publishes Guidance on Expiration of Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for Coronavirus | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: December 31, 2020)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

    The new guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on the WHD website, addresses whether workers who did not use their leave entitlement under the FFCRA in 2020 may use such leave after Dec. 31, 2020. It also explains how WHD will maintain its enforcement authority over employers’ leave responsibilities while the FFCRA’s paid leave
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Additional COVID-19-related Sanctions Authorizations and Guidance
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Issues Additional COVID-19-related Sanctions Authorizations and Guidance | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington - - Today, in order to further aid the global fight against COVID-19, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued three general licenses (referred to as the COVID-19-related GLs) to build upon Treasury’s existing authorizations for COVID-19-related transactions and activities. The new COVID-19-related GLs expand upon longstanding humanitarian exemptions, exceptions, and authorizations to cover additional COVID-19-related transactions and activities. These include transactions and activities involving the delivery of face masks, ventilators and oxygen tanks, vaccines and the production of vaccines, COVID-19 tests, air filtration systems, and COVID-19-related field hospitals, ...
    06-18-2021, 03:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Operational Guidance for Disaster Response and Recovery in Pandemic Environment | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: May 17, 2021)

    Washington - - For the second year in a row, FEMA is prepared to respond to disasters as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FEMA released the “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery,” a document aimed at helping emergency managers plan for disaster response and recovery, while adhering to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more than a year, the emergency management community has been operating in a pandemic environment, and FEMA has emphasized the importance of all state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments applying lessons learned from 2020, as they prepare for operati
    ...
    05-19-2021, 03:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service provides Guidance on Premium Assistance and Tax Credit for Continuation Health Coverage | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).

    Notice 2021-31 provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under COBRA. The American Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100% reduction in the premium that individuals would have to pay when they elect COBRA continuation health coverage following a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of employment. The new law provides a correspondi
    ...
    05-18-2021, 11:41 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services | site |



    Guidance Helps States Access Additional Federal Funds for Critical Services Supporting Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist s...
    05-14-2021, 04:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Guidance on Taxability of Dependent Care Assistance Programs for 2021, 2022 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to carryovers or an extended period for incurring claims generally are not taxable. The guidance also illustrates the interaction of this standard with the one-year increase in the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care benefits from $5,000 to $10,500 for the 2021 taxable year under the American Rescue Plan Act. Because of the pandemic, many people were unable to use the money they set aside in their dependent care assistance programs in 2020 and 2021. Generally, under these plans, an employer allows its employees to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax wages...
    05-11-2021, 01:44 AM

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