We hope this finds you all doing well and ready for August.  Where has this year gone?!

This month's Crane Benefits Newsletter includes a number of updates related to COVID-19, Remote Working, Cholesterol Awareness, Affordability Percentages, Stress Management, FMLA Forms, & Virtual Benefit Fairs.

We have also included our August Wellness Newsletter, HR Brief & Benefits Buzz.

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency. Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions.

The Crane Agency is a full-line insurance agency offering Employee Benefits, Key-Person Life Insurance, Disability Income, Business, Workers Compensation, Management Liability, Surety and Home/Auto Personal Lines needs.

Crane Agency
1-800-264-8722
100 North Broadway, Suite 900, St. Louis, MO 63102
400 Chesterfield Center, Suite 320, Chesterfield, MO 63017
1220 E. Walnut Lawn Street, Springfield, MO 65804
800 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 350, Kansas City, MO

 
 
 
  

Your Wellness Matters: Cholesterol - Infographic

Learn more about cholesterol with this infographic.

Download now

 
 
  

Virtual Open Enrollment Fairs

This Benefits Insights article explores benefits and best practices for organizations moving their open enrollment events online.

Download now

 
 
  

Supporting Employees' Caregiving Responsibilities Post-coronavirus

This HR Insights article explores how employers are implementing initiatives to help employees manage caregiving responsibilities during the pandemic.

Download now

 
 
  

Rethinking Remote Work Perks

This HR Insights article explores how work perks related to food, wellness and technology are being introduced as employers rethink and adjust company culture.

Download now

 
 
  

President Trump Issues Executive Orders to Lower Drug Prices

On July 24, 2020, President Trump issued a series of executive orders in an effort to lower drug prices. This Legal Update provides an overview of the executive orders.

Download now

 
 
  

Deciding Who Should Continue to Work From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This HR Insights article will provide an overview of best practices for employers to consider when determining which employees should continue to work from home during the pandemic.

Download now

 
 
  

States Update Employee Leave Requirements for Coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new employee leave laws and issued new regulations and guidance on existing leave laws and programs. This Compliance Bulletin briefly summarizes new state leave rules designed for workers affected by COVID-19. The document has been updated for new measures in California, Colorado and the District of Columbia.

Download now

 
 
  

Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2021

On July 21, 2020, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2021 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the ACA. This ACA Compliance Bulletin describes the adjusted percentages.

Download now

 
 
  

HR Brief Newsletter - August 2020

This month's HR Brief explores how to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 and provides guidance for determining whether a COVID-19 infection is work related.

Download now

 
 
  

Benefits Buzz Newsletter - August 2020

This month's Benefits Buzz reviews recent challenges to the ACA and discusses employer flexibility in regards to contraceptive coverage.

Download now

 
 
  

Live Well, Work Well Newsletter - August 2020

The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month's newsletter discusses sorting out coronavirus fact from fiction, sun safety tips and probiotics.

Download now

 
 
  

DOL Issues Revised Optional FMLA Forms

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued revised forms that employers and employees may use to satisfy their notice and certification obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. This Legal Update discusses the revisions.

Download now

 
 
  

Proposed Rule Would Relax Limits on Some Grandfathered Plans

On July 10, 2020, the Departments issued a proposed rule that would provide greater flexibility for grandfathered group health plans to make changes to certain cost-sharing requirements without losing grandfather status. The proposed rule would not allow non-grandfathered plans to become grandfathered or to regain grandfather status, and also would not impact grandfathered individual health coverage. This Legal Update provides an overview of the proposed rule.

Download now

 
 
  

Wellness Toolkit - Stress

This toolkit serves as an introduction to workplace stress and provides several ways that employers can address and mitigate stress in the workplace. It is not intended as legal or medical advice and should only be used for informational purposes.

Download now

 
 
 
 Charles L. Crane Agency Logo 

Charles L. Crane Agency
100 N. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-241-8700
http://www.craneagency.com