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HR Updates for Employees

  • Open Enrollment will now be delayed to September 2020 and the transition of all employees to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will now be delayed to Oct. 1, 2020. However, employees may add or drop dependents during June for a 7/1/2020 effective date.   

    The delayed transition means that all employees, retirees and dependents will remain in the plan and with the carrier that they currently have – with no changes – until Oct. 1, 2020. There will also be no change to medical/prescription or dental rates until that time.  Any open enrollment events previously scheduled for in person or online will be rescheduled. We will provide you with updates as they develop.

    The Office of the State Comptroller has mailed an Important Notice regarding the Annual Open Enrollment to all active employees.  This notice includes information regarding a change to dental coverage for dependents turning age 19 on or after April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  These dependents may remain enrolled in coverage until the end of the 2020 calendar year.

     

  • President Trump signed House Bill 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”) into law on March 18, 2020.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has now released guidance that the new law is effective on April 1, 2020 and remains in effect through December 31, 2020.  Leave taken under this Act is not retroactive.  

    In general, the Act provides that employees are eligible for: 

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work (or telework) because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work (or telework)  because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
    • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work (or telework) due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • In order to adhere to social distancing and limiting person to person contact, the Office of the State Comptroller will not be holding in-person open enrollment fairs at Agency locations.  All previously scheduled in-person open enrollment fairs will be cancelled. In lieu of in-person open enrollment fairs we are preparing a comprehensive plan to provide all necessary open enrollment health insurance information to state agencies, employees and retirees. This outreach will include direct mailings, online live and taped presentations and webinars.

    Additional communications will be sent as we approach our annual open enrollment period which runs this year from May 4th to May 29th, 2020. 

    Tracy A. Cellillie, Assistant Director

    Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services Division

    Office of the State Comptroller