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Benefits Newsletter: 6/10/2024
Benefits Newsletter: 6/10/2024

With Employee Benefits & HR topics regularly in the news, it’s difficult to stay up to date. Our weekly newsletter will help you stay current. Check out this week’s edition.

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What Am I Doing Wrong? Common FMLA Mistakes

In a recent opinion letter, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division clarified its position on two points: (1) an employer may not delay the designation of FMLA-qualifying leave as FMLA leave, and (2) an employer is prohibited from designating more than 12 weeks of FMLA leave (or 26 weeks for military …

IRS Decreases ACA Affordability Percentage for 2020

In the recently issued Revenue Procedure 2019-29, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reduced the applicable contribution percentage for the 2020 plan year. This percentage is used for purposes of determining whether an employer’s health insurance coverage is affordable under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Background Under the ACA, an applicable large employer will not be …

IRS Decreases ACA Affordability Percentage for 2020 DOL Issues New Compliance Tools

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of additional plain-language, user-friendly compliance assistance materials to help employers, workers, and other stakeholders understand their responsibilities and their rights under federal labor law. The Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) added a number of publicly available presentations to its website, covering topics such as the Fair …

Self-Insured Health Plans: Recent Trends by Firm Size, 1996-2018

This paper examines trends in the availability of and enrollment in self-insured health plans among private-sector establishments offering health plans and their covered workers, with a particular focus on 2013 to 2018, so as to assess whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) might have affected these trends and more recent …

DOL Issues Guidance on Payroll Rounding, Overtime Calculations, and Certain Paralegals

Employers looking for guidance on payroll rounding practices, classification of certain highly compensated paralegals, and calculating overtime where employees receive non-discretionary bonuses will be glad to know the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued three new Opinion Letters on those subjects. DOL Opinion Letters are issued by the Wage and Hour Division of the DOL …

New HRA Rules: What Employers Need to Know

Starting in 2020, employers will be able to offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that work in conjunction with individual coverage or Medicare without running afoul of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reform rules. These individual coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) could be used to pay for out-of-pocket expenses, premiums for Medicare, or individual policies purchased through …

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