The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides for a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for “assistance eligible individuals,” for the period from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021. During this six-month time period, group health plans must treat an assistance eligible individual as having paid the full amount of premiums for COBRA coverage.

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (“ARPA”).  This Alert will summarize the significant tax and employee benefit provisions that are contained in ARPA.

Recovery Rebates to Individuals

ARPA enacted new Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) Section 6428B, which provides individuals with a $1,400 recovery rebate credit

Keegan Drenosky will be a speaker during the Connecticut Bar Association’s webinar, “Navigating the Workplace.”

The panel will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the employment relationship. This CLE will focus on how working from home impacts employment procedures (i.e. hiring and firing, implementation of policies), how employers are adapting to laws and guidance

Effective Friday, March 19, many of the mandatory practices that Connecticut required businesses to follow in order to reopen during the pandemic changed to recommended best practices. Under the prior guidance, Connecticut businesses were required to:

  • Follow CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines;
  • Require masks in all public settings where social distancing is not possible;

Last week, we held another webinar to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions regarding employers and vaccines. Our program was recorded and can be found here.

Right now, Connecticut is ranked among the top states in vaccine distribution with over 1.4 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered. Connecticut is expected to receive an increased

Earlier this month, the Connecticut General Assembly gave final approval to a bill that seeks to right some of these historical wrongs by making it illegal to discriminate in employment on the basis of a hairstyle related to the person’s race.  Governor Lamont recently signed the measure and the new law goes into immediate effect.

On March 4, 2021, Governor Lamont signed H.B. 6516, An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences from Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tired Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program.

This new law allows Connecticut residents to take credits for

With Governor Lamont changing the COVID-19 vaccination plans to an age-based rollout, employer questions surrounding reasonable accommodations remain.  Join Shipman employment lawyers Keegan Drenosky, Sheridan King and Daniel Schwartz for this complimentary 30-minute webinar answering frequently asked questions related to reasonable accommodations on the basis of religious beliefs or practice (under Title VII of the

With Governor Lamont’s change to the vaccine distribution program to an age-based rollout starting March 1, 2021, all employers (not simply those “essential” workplaces) must now consider whether to require, or even to encourage, their employees to get the vaccine.

At our webinar earlier this month (which is still available for on-demand viewing here),

Dan Schwartz will present the session, “Where Is Your Workspace and How Is It Working?” during the CBIA’s 2021 Human Resources Conference.

Working from home appears to be a COVID strategy with staying power, even for some workers in hands-on high-touch industries where the particular tasks lend themselves to remote work setups. Although telecommuting technology