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Recognizing Employee Requests for ADA Accommodations
Recognizing Employee Requests for ADA Accommodations

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law that requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees and applicants with disabilities. This article provides guidance on how to prepare for, recognize and respond to reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. It also discusses the importance of training managers and supervisors to recognize and properly handle those requests—especially accommodations regarding COVID-19.

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Court Invalidates New Association Health Plan Rule

On March 28, 2019, a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Department of Labor (DOL) by invalidating critical aspects of the new association health plan rule (the Rule). In its decision, the Court found the Rule to be an unreasonable interpretation of the Employee Retirement Income …

Medicare Secondary Payer Rules

The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules impose regulations on group health plans that govern how plans interact with Medicare and Medicare-entitled plan participants. While complex, the rules are designed to spread costs between Medicare and group health plans that are considered primary payer to Medicare. Employer-sponsors of group health plans that are subject to the …

Checklist for Self-funded Group Health Plans

Group health plans are subject to an ever-changing environment of regulations surrounding compliance and notice obligations. Many of the requirements apply equally to both insured and self-funded arrangements, and the insurance carrier often ensures compliance with certain items. This checklist provides an overview of the obligations for self-funded group health plans. Employers sponsoring self-funded plans …

Nondiscrimination Rules for Section 125 Plans and Self-funded Health Plans

The IRS imposes nondiscrimination rules on Section 125 plans (also known as flexible benefit plans, cafeteria plans or pre-tax premium plans) and self-funded group health plans. The purpose of the rules is to prevent employers from favoring highly compensated employees to an impermissible degree. The general consequence of the failure of the tests is that …

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