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Benefits Newsletter: 1/19/22
Benefits Newsletter: 1/19/22

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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HR & Benefits Compliance Webinar Series: Leave of Absence Issues for Health and Section 125 Plans
HR & Benefits Compliance Webinar Series: Leave of Absence Issues for Health and Section 125 Plans

This webinar will focus on the administration of employee benefits during employee leaves of absence. We'll discuss the various types of leaves of absence, including leaves required under federal and state law and those offered under an employer's internal policies. We'll look at some common challenges employers face in administering benefits during these leaves and offer practical tips to keep you compliant.

Best Practices in Administering Benefit Claims – Dealing with Benefit Assignments

This week, we take a look at a plan term that has been the subject of frequent dispute in health and welfare benefits claim litigation—interpretation of plan provisions prohibiting a participant’s right to assign benefits to healthcare providers. Out-of-network medical providers commonly require patients to sign documents that purport to assign their rights to plan …

Benefits Newsletter 10/29/19

In This Issue: New Jersey Individual Mandate Requires State Filings in March 2020 New California Law Imposes FSA Notice Requirements Comparison of Proposals to Control Drug Prices Best Practices in Administering Benefit Claims: Dealing with Benefit Assignments Open Enrollment Period is Coming: New Premium Data CMS Adjusting COBRA Premiums for Midyear Increase in Insurance Premiums …

“Open” Might Not Mean Open: How FMLA May Affect a Position’s Availability

Does a position that a company is holding for an employee out on FMLA leave an “open position” as contemplated by the Americans with Disabilities Act? In Maxwell v. Washington County (PDF), a Mississippi federal district court said the short answer is “no.” Background The FMLA requires a covered employer to return an eligible employee …

HR Newsletter 10/22/19

In This Issue: NLRB Invalidates Mandatory Arbitration Agreement That Contains No Exceptions for Filing Administrative Charges OSHA Updates on Distracted Driving in Employment and in the Workplace The New Overtime Rule: What Retail Employers Need to Know “Open” Might Not Mean Open: How FMLA May Affect a Position’s Availability Effective Rules of Etiquette for RIF’s …

When Must a Non-Grandfather Group Health Plan Comply with Changes to Preventative Health Services Requirement?

Question: Our company sponsors a calendar-year, non-grandfathered major medical plan. How soon must our plan comply with changes to the recommendations or guidelines relating to the coverage of preventive health services? Answer: Plan sponsors and advisors should ensure that non-grandfathered group health plans cover all preventive services listed in the various federal recommendations and guidelines …

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