Verrill Dana, LLP

Verrill Dana is a full service law firm with more than 130 attorneys and a growing number of service-based practice groups. The firm has a regional presence in the Northeast, with offices from Maine to Washington, D.C., allowing us to serve clients with interests across the country and around the world. Through scalable staffing, careful communication and skillful project management, Verrill Dana helps individuals and businesses achieve their goals in a manner that suits their unique legal needs and preferred work methods.

Earlier today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance confirming that employers may offer incentives to employees who voluntarily obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. The guidance (available here) appears as an update to earlier technical guidance issued by the EEOC and also offers new information regarding an employer’s ability to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations and provide necessary accommodations. As vaccines have become more widely available, employers have looked for ways to incentivize their employees…
The IRS recently issued Notice 2021-31, which provides much sought-after detail regarding the contours and operation of the temporary premium subsidy for COBRA continuation coverage available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). As enacted on March 11, the basic mechanics of the COBRA premium subsidy under ARPA are as follows: “assistance eligible individuals” may receive a 100% COBRA premium subsidy between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. The entity “to…
On May 10, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-26, which provides guidance regarding the taxation of dependent care assistance benefits provided through a Code Section 125 cafeteria plan, available in tax years ending in 2021 and 2022 due to the application of certain temporary pandemic relief provisions relating to the carry-over of unused balances from one plan year to the next and extended grace periods for incurring expenses. For calendar year plans, the guidance…