Worksite Benefits wants to keep you informed and well advised as we navigate these uncharted waters of business and life. Information, legislation and guidance are being released quickly as the nation addresses the COVID-19 crisis. Below is a list of many important business topics employers and employees need to understand.
Telemedicine: Please distribute information to your employees, emails were sent out last week with instruction on how to utilize this service. The ability to call a doctor, rather than go to the Office, Urgent care, or ER is an excellent option to avoid others and stop the spread at no cost to you or your employees.
Paid Family Leave (PFL) and NYS Statutory Disability (DBL): New York State has amended both PFL and DBL laws to include provisions for individuals on mandatory or precautionary quarantines due to COVID-19. Regulations are based on employer size.
Unemployment Insurance: New York State has waived the 7-day waiting period for UI Benefits. It’s recommended that individuals file online and employers follow up quickly. https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm
COBRA: The rules for COBRA have not changed, YET… If you are having to letting employees go, please reach out to Worksite Benefits to discuss the process.
NYS Department of Financial Services Action: The NYS Department of Financial Services has reached out to all Insurance Carriers to address potential cancellations, penalties for late payments, and lapses in services. More to come, but understand it is being addressed as both employers and insurance carriers navigate this crisis.
Worksite Benefits staff is remote, but remains operational, and as always we are here to assist you in anyway we can. Please call our office at 518-326-3939 and your call will be directed to a member of our team.