ARPA UPDATE: DOL ISSUES COBRA FORM NOTICES AND GUIDANCE

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), provided premium assistance and an extended election period under COBRA and similar state laws for assistance eligible individuals.  Employers were required to provide certain notices to individuals regarding the premium assistance and extended election period, and the DOL was directed to issue model notices for such purposes. The DOL […]

EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR? THE TEST THAT WILL DETERMINE LIABILITY FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Whether or not a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor can determine liability for workers’ compensation benefits under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. The Supreme Court of Nebraska recently revisited the ten factor test to determine if a worker was an employee or an independent contractor in Wright v. H & S […]

UPDATE | 2021 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATION

LB 256 As we reported last week, the Business and Labor Committee advanced LB 256 to General File on a 7-0 vote. Introduced by Senator Matt Hansen, LB 256 provides that a release may be used to finalize an agreement to resolve all issues other than future medical where the employee is eligible for Medicare, […]

UPDATE | 2021 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATION

As of the close of business on Friday, March 12, Committee hearings were completed.  Priority bill designations will wrap up early this week when the Speaker of the legislature selects his 25 priority bills. We anticipate that the balance of the session will be dominated by balancing the state budget and debating priority bills. Early […]

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

During this period of rapidly-evolving information, it is important for businesses, organizations, and employers to stay up to date. Baylor Evnen will continue to provide updates on changing legislation, regulations, administrative guidance, and governmental mandates as a service to our clients.  We have compiled a list of coronavirus resources you may find helpful, which is […]

2021 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATION

As of yesterday, every legislative bill addressing workers’ compensation has now been heard in committee. Every bill remains in committee and no action has been taken on them, except LB 407, which was advanced to General File on 2/11/21. See below for a summary of each bill and a report on the testimony given at […]
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