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The IRS recently issued additional guidance on the eased rules for hardship withdrawals that 401(k) and similar defined contribution retirement plans can put in place under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in March. New data show, however, that an expected surge in plan withdrawals hasn’t happened.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just issued an executive order requiring persons within the City of Atlanta to wear face masks in many circumstances. This July 8 order appears to conflict with Governor Kemp’s latest June 29 Executive Order that suspends enforcement of any county or municipal ordinance or order that is more or less restrictive than the statewide order, at least through July 15. Similar orders and ordinances have been issued by Athens-Clarke County, the City of East Point, and the City of Savannah. What do employers need to know about this order?
In response to the administrative difficulties faced by plan administrators due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2020-35, which extends additional retirement plan deadlines for 2020 not previously extended under IRS Notice 2020-23. The IRS also stated that this relief applies for purposes of ERISA if the tax […]
States reported that 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending July 4. First-time claims have fallen for 14 straight weeks since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dropped to 18 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.
Rosa Crespo, SHRM-SCP, took her first human resources assignment in 1996. Twenty-four years later, COVID-19 nearly brought the HR manager at Universal Synergetics, in Marlton, N.J., to her knees. With parents in their 80s and a sister and brother-in-law with compromised immune systems, Crespo was worried, both personally and in her role as an HR department of one for more than 30 employees and many temporary employees. The challenges of COVID-19 have seemed insurmountable at times.Early in the
It’s better for people of different races to talk about their different experiences than to avoid difficult discussions, says columnist Jathan Janove. By sharing our stories and backgrounds, we build trust and understanding. A bond forms that would not otherwise exist.
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