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Benefits Brief: Voluntary Plans Safe Harbor from ERISA

August 6, 2020

Voluntary benefits plans are becoming more and more popular given the current market. With the addition of voluntary plans, it is important that employers also consider their new compliance requirements. This Benefits Brief will address these considerations and requirements. Download HERE.                

Increased ACA Affordability Percentages for 2021

July 28, 2020

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

Legal Update: DOL Issues Five New FLSA Opinion Letters

July 24, 2020

On June 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published five new opinion letters. The new letters clarify compliance issues with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Download article HERE.                        

DOL Launches Employee Tool for Assessing FFCRA Leave Eligibility

July 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This Legal Update describes the tool. Download article HERE.                      

OSHA Issues Guidance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses

July 9, 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. The guidance also addresses issues employers should consider as they ask their employees to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download article HERE.                   …

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IRS Proposes Rules for Direct Primary Care and Other Plans

June 30, 2020

On June 10, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations regarding tax treatment of amounts paid for direct primary care arrangements, health care sharing ministries, and certain other medical care arrangements under Internal Revenue Code Section 213. This Legal Update provides information about the proposal. Download article HERE.           …

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California Paid Family Leave (PFL) Extended

June 25, 2020

On June 27, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2019-20 state budget, which included an expansion of the state’s family temporary disability insurance program administered through the Employment Development Department (EDD). Senate Bill (SB) 83 provides certain workers with up to eight weeks, up from six weeks, of California Paid Family Leave (PFL) to be …

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Premium Credits Related to COVID-19 – ERISA Fiduciary Rules

June 22, 2020

Because many employees have not been using their insurance benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some group medical, dental and vision carriers are providing premium credits to employers. Before using the premium credits, employers should consider their fiduciary duty responsibilities under ERISA. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes how ERISA’s fiduciary rules apply to COVID-19-related premium credits. …

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Employee Leave-sharing Programs and the Coronavirus

June 3, 2020

Employers seeking ways to help their employees during the coronavirus pandemic may consider implementing an employee leave-sharing program. This Compliance Overview examines leave-sharing programs and their legal implications. Download overview HERE.                      

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