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Coronavirus | Protecting Your Workforce

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.

Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in their approach to dealing with COVID-19.

This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation. Click here to learn how you can prevent an outbreak at your organization.

In addition, The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association has created this COVID-19 webpage that contains links to state, federal and global resources. As new toolkits, best practices, and news stories of interest become available, we’ll post them there, so check back often.

 

Transition Relief for 2019 ACA Reporting

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have determined that a substantial number of employers, insurers, and other providers of minimum essential coverage need additional time beyond the January 31, 2020, due date to gather and analyze information and prepare the 2019 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to be furnished to individuals.

Accordingly, the due date for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C is extended from January 31, 2020, to March 2, 2020. In view of this automatic extension to March 2, 2020, the provisions under IRS section 6055 and 6056 allowing the IRS to grant an extension of time of up to 30 days to furnish Forms 1095-B and 1095-C will not apply to the extended due date. Click the link above and read more about how this affects your company.

Physician Office Risk Assessment

Doctors and physicians are educated and licensed to deal with the overall medical health and physical concerns of their patients, but there are many physicians who are not aware of the different risks their practices are exposed to on a day to day basis. Click Here to review our checklist of suggested coverages care providers and to learn about some of the most common risk physicians offices are exposed to.

The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the good health of the people of the Commonwealth.
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