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Disaster relief: workforce considerations for employers

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With two devastating hurricanes impacting the US since August, many employers are considering polices for providing disaster relief to their employees.

Questions naturally arise as to the tax impact of disaster relief to businesses and employees and how best to manage special IRS rules that may apply. To assist payroll, human resources and tax professionals with disaster relief planning and implementation, we have brought together a team of Ernst & Young LLP professionals to share their insights.

This is the second in a webcast series on disaster relief and recovery.

Following are the topics included in this webcast:

  • How FEMA declarations affect the tax treatment of disaster benefits
  • Special tax relief available for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  • Wage advances and loans
  • Disaster benefits provided directly by employers to employees
  • Leave sharing and leave cash-out donations
  • Hardship distributions and loans from qualified retirement plans
  • Employer foundations and other charities
  • Considerations for human resources

This is an interactive webcast and we encourage you to ask questions.


  • Catherine Creech, Ernst & Young LLP, Compensation and Benefits
  • Rachel Everaard, Ernst & Young LLP, People Advisory Services
  • Debera Salam, Ernst & Young LLP, Employment Tax Services
  • Deborah Spyker, Ernst & Young LLP, Employment Tax Services
  • Michael Vecchioni, Ernst & Young LLP, Exempt Organizations


  • Kristie Lowery, Ernst & Young LLP, National Director, Employment Tax Services