Supporting Our Clients and Friends:

We understand that your inboxes, like ours, are likely being bombarded with COVID-19 updates and business continuity plans.

This page serves as our effort to streamline information as it relates to Human Resources, Employee Benefits Specific Resources, and any facts we think you as an Employer would find helpful.

Please utilize this page for the most recent updates that we have received from the respective carriers as well as helpful resources and webinars available to you.

Given that the information on COVID-19 updates hour by hour and in some cases minute by minute please check with your Insurance Carrier for the most up to date information.

We want to assure you that your advisors at SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners will continue to be accessible to you for all of your Employee Benefits, Human Resources, and Retirement Plan needs. We are here to support you through times like these, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Insurance Carrier Resources

Click the links below to visit the Carrier’s website for their updates on COVID-19.
BlueCross of MN
7/31/20 Fully Insured BCBS COVID 19 Update
BCBS Special Enrollment Announcement
Health Partners
*HealthPartners is waiving fully insured members’ cost-share for the treatment of COVID-19 – including copays, coinsurance and deductibles – when getting care from an in-network* provider, effective March 1 through May 31, 2020.
Information about Off-cycle Plan Changes and Special Enrollment Period Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Medica
PreferredOne
UnitedHealthCare
Aetna
National General
Principal
Unum
Guardian
Mutual of Omaha
Reliance Standard
Delta Dental
Reliance Standard

Government Resources

Centers for Disease Control
MN Department of Health
WI Department of Health
US Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
US Senate Guide to Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act FFRCA Amendments and Benefits Provisions

Additional Business Resources

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Toolkit
SBA COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
HR Services Inc. – Employer COVID-19 Toolkit
UBA Compliance COVID-19 FAQ Blog

Required COVID19 Business Plan Preparedness Template


Whether you are getting prepared to reopen your business or you have continued to stay open during the last few month, each business is required to have a  Covid-19 Business Preparedness Plan. SevenHills Cleveland Human Resource Services has prepared an 8 page customizable template for developing a Covid-19 Business Preparedness Plan that includes a checklist of questions to help identify certain decisions that may be unique to each individual business.

Click here to view the Table of Contents included in the template

The price is $300/and includes the template, plus 1.5 hour of consulting time with our Director of HR Services. If a company only wants the template, we can provide that for $75.

6/9/20:  Leave Policies and Handling Health Plan Benefits When Employees Return from Leave Due to COVID-19

We invite you to listen to the recent webinar: “Leave Policies and Handling Health Plan Benefits When Employees Return from Leave Due to COVID-19” conducted by Jennifer Sandberg of the Fisher Phillips’ Atlanta office. The presentation was recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

This webinar will help employers by going over best practices for leave policies, handling group health plan benefits for employees that are taking leave, and handling group health plan benefits when employees return from leave.

Please reach out to your SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners contact if you have questions.

Presentation Recording

5/21/20: 4 Key Topics Involving COVID-19 and Workforce Planning

As we continue to receive questions, we find there is value in sharing them with all of you. In this email you will find the 4 Key Topics Involving COVID-19 and Workforce Planning.

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What to Consider When Returning to Work

We invite you to listen to the recent webinar: “What to Consider When Returning to Work” conducted by Bonita L Hatchett-Bondle. The presentation was recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

The world is trying to grasp our new reality of a post-COVID-19 workplace. On May 1, UBA hosted a webinar outlining reopening guidelines that employers can follow during different phases. The discussion also included information about the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Please reach out to your SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners contact if you have questions.

Presentation Recording

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4/17/20:  Top 10 Questions COVID-19 and Impacts to your Workforce – Week 5

As we continue to receive questions, we find there is value in sharing them with all of you. In this email you will find the Top 10 Questions from this week.

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4/10/20:  Top 10 Questions COVID-19 and Impacts to your Workforce – Week 4

As we continue to receive questions, we find there is value in sharing them with all of you. In this email you will find the Top 10 Questions from this week.

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4/3/20 Covid19 and Impacts to your Workforce: Week 3 GoToMeeting Presentation

Nicole Klitzke (HR Consultant) and Tony Black (Retirement Plan Advisor) with SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners discuss the latest questions related to COVID-19 and the Impacts to Employers.

Watch the Recorded Presentation Here

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available in this presentation are for general informational purposes only. Viewers of this presentation should contact their attorney or counsel to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter.

3/27/20:  Top 10 Questions COVID-19 and Impacts to your Workforce – Week 2

As we continue to receive questions, we find there is value in sharing them with all of you. In this email you will find the Top 10 Questions from this week.

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3/27/20 Covid19 and Impacts to your Workforce: Week 2 GoToMeeting Presentation

Nicole Klitzke (HR Consultant) and Tony Black (Retirement Plan Advisor) with SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners discuss the latest questions related to COVID-19 and the Impacts to Employers.

Watch the Recorded Presentation Here

Disclaimer: The information provided in this presentation does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available in this presentation are for general informational purposes only. Viewers of this presentation should contact their attorney or counsel to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other COVID-19 Updates Webinar and Q&A

We invite you to listen to the recent webinar: “Q&A discussion and presentation” conducted by Jennifer Sandberg, partner with law firm Fisher Phillips. The presentation and the live Q&A discussion was recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

PLEASE NOTE: The presentation was recorded on March 24 before the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its guidance late in the day. Based on the DOL guidance, as of March 25, the new law will go into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Currently, the DOL guidance is just that – “guidance.” The DOL still must issue implementing regulations.

This recorded presentation provides an overview of the impact on employers of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including the emergency expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and a new federal paid sick leave law, among other significant issues.

We are happy to provide you with the information you need to address the impact of COVID-19 on your business and your employees. Thank you for your flexibility in helping us to ensure that this valuable information is disseminated to the widest audience.

Please reach out to your SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners contact if you have questions.

Presentation Recording

Q&A Recording

3/20/20:  Top 10 Commonly Asked Questions This Week in Response to COVID19 and Impacts to your Workforce – Week 1

We have received a number of questions this week and as each business has unique challenges there are at least two commonalities. One, the concern for employees and secondly, protecting employee benefits. Below is a list of the ten most commonly asked questions this week.

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