Massachusetts has established a statewide mandate for employers to temporarily provide employees with up to 40 hours of COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave when they are…
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The telework explosion ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities—and challenges—for employers’ workplace sexual harassments trainings. In this article, McDermott partner Maria C. Rodriguez argues that the benefits of virtual and in-person trainings are easy to identify when they’re done right. Access the article.

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On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued much-anticipated Notice 2021-31 (the Notice) regarding the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Under ARPA, a 100% COBRA premium subsidy and additional COBRA enrollment rights are available to certain assistance eligible individuals (AEIs) […]

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As the COVID-19 pandemic upended workers’ lives, employers responded by providing an array of new benefits. Many employers are planning to keep those offerings after the pandemic ends.
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The German federal cabinet recently approved the draft law on the digital modernization of healthcare and nursing care. The draft has been criticized for not taking into account lessons learned from the implementation of the 2019 digital health applications (DiGAs) law. In this International News article, McDermott Will & Emery partner Dr. Stephan Rau and […]

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As India continues to battle a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections, some organizations are seeking ways to provide emotional support to their employees. Many are enlisting employee assistance programs (EAPs) for the first time.
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​Leisure travel is back following a year of lockdowns. But in the time it’s taken hospitality companies to restart their hiring efforts, many of their former employees have found new jobs in other sectors. The result: Restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues nationwide can’t find enough workers. Here are some new benefits they are offering to bring employees back.

The COVID-19 pandemic drove more employers to offer voluntary employee-paid benefits. To ensure that employees appreciate these offerings, they need to be aware they are…
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The U.K.’s Pensions Regulator and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published a joint guide for employers and trustees on providing support with retirement planning without needing to be subject to FCA regulation.
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One of the COVID-19 pandemic’s most insidious harms has been the impact on employee health, morale and productivity arising from the erosion of home/work boundaries. In this Forbes article, McDermott partner Michael W. Peregrine argues that the mitigation of such harms is a board’s business. Access the article.

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