Despite being a year into the pandemic and the availability and gradual distribution of a vaccine, we still feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic daily. Our personal and professional lives have been and continue to be significantly impacted and the only certainty is the understanding that nothing is certain. The situation is still evolving and adaptability is still critical. At Boon, we are always working to meet the needs of the government contracting community. We are more committed than ever to providing accessible and flexible benefit options to address the needs of our clients and their employees.
Our COVID-19 Resource Hub is your one-stop source for the most valuable information to help you and your business navigate these uncertain times.
Coronavirus Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Have Expired
On December 31, 2020, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements have expired. The Wage and Hour Division has published guidance to inform workers and employers about protections and relief offered, as well as expansion of these changes in the requirements.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
The coronavirus pandemic is a perfect storm of varying factors that could each, independently, create a great amount of stress in our lives There is the fear of the virus itself, concern for our personal well-being and the safety of our friends and loved ones, and possible job uncertainty.
Your Health Matters Most
This isn’t over. Even as the vaccine becomes more readily available, COVID-19 infection rates are still going up. It’s still of the utmost importance to do your part to reduce the spread and to take responsibility for your health and safety.
COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness
Now that there is an authorized and recommended vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what this means for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a host of materials and information to answer all of your vaccine questions from who gets it first to how many doses are required.
Telemedicine Solutions on the Rise During COVID-19
For better or for worse, our current “normal” is all about being digital and keeping our distance. The unique challenges associated with COVID-19 call for innovative and forward-thinking solutions. In light of social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders that are in place around the nation, telemedicine has become more important than ever. In the interest of public health and safety, many are turning to telemedicine as a healthcare solution.
DOL Clarifies 'Regular Pay' for COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave
On August 3, 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released additional Q&A information regarding COVID-Related paid sick leave provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for employees working under the McNamara- O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA).
COVID-19 Challenges for Government Contractors
Though government contractors may have a little less volatility, as many are deemed to be providing essential services and being funded by the government, it stands to reason that COVID-19 will still create some turbulence in their businesses. On the Boon Blog, we address the top COVID-19 challenges for government contractors.
COVID-19 and the CARES Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020 and will require private and government health plans to provide coverage for COVID-19 testing and other services at no cost to the individual.
COVID-19, Self-Funded and the CARES Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), the ‘FFCRA Act’, that was signed into law on March 18, 2020, generally requires private and government health plans – including self-funded group health plans – to provide coverage for COVID-19 testing and other services at no cost to the individual.
DOL Publishes Q&A on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
IRS and Departments of Treasury and Labor Announce Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small & Midsize Businesses
Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of Labor (DOL) announced a plan for COVID-19 relief for workers and small businesses in the form of two new refundable payroll tax credits.
COVID-19 Executive Memorandum
The U.S. is built on the efforts of government contractors. Especially in the time of COVID-19, supporting government contractors goes hand-in-hand with supporting vital country-wide responses to COVID-19. Recently, the Office of Management and Budget released an Executive Memorandum (M-20-18) to help manage the safety of federal contractors as the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve.
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Hour Banking is the Ultimate Benefit Solution
An Hour Bank contribution provides an advantage and a level of stability that can’t be achieved through a traditional benefits plan. Stability in knowing your benefits are covered when the unexpected arises. These allocations can extend plan coverage when an employee doesn’t have enough hours to qualify for benefit coverage or when there is an unexpected lapse in employment.
HealthiestYou, 24/7/365 Healthcare
The future of health care is here. 24/7/365 on-demand access to affordable, quality health care. Anytime, anywhere. HealthiestYou is the most innovative and comprehensive telehealth and wellness solution on the market.
Telemedicine: More Important Than Ever
As we all strive to maintain social distancing, telemedicine benefits have become vital to healthcare. For those staying healthy in isolation or worrying about symptoms at home, telemedicine puts the doctor in your pocket.
How to Stay Productive While Working Remotely
The outbreak of COVID-19 has rattled our day to day lives in unexpected ways. This is especially true, when it comes to our workplaces and work practices. In the interest of public safety and health, many businesses have made the switch to a partial or fully remote workforce.
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