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January 2021 Compliance Recap

January was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Biden issued a memorandum putting a regulatory freeze on new rules. President Biden also issued an executive order on strengthening Medicaid and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of Labor (DOL) released inflation-adjusted federal civil penalty amounts. The Centers for … Continued

DEC 2020 | Compliance Recap

December was a busy month in the employee benefits world. President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the No Surprises Act and other group health plan provisions. The Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued two interim recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. The Department of Health and Humans Services … Continued

Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce

According to Gallup, the number of days employees are working remotely has doubled during the pandemic. Some companies are even considering making a remote work arrangement permanent. While there are no laws that exclusively apply to remote workplaces, remote work does come with additional compliance risks. Below is our general guidance for employers. Logging Hours … Continued

2021 Health Plan Compliance Deadlines

Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans. This Compliance Overview explains key 2021 compliance deadlines for employer-sponsored group health plans. It also outlines group health plan notices that employers must provide each year. Some of the compliance deadlines summarized below are tied to … Continued

August 2020 Compliance Recap

August was a relatively busy month in the employee benefits world. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated report on health savings accounts (HSAs) that summarizes the principal rules governing HSAs and changes made to HSAs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services  Office for Civil Rights … Continued

July 2020 Compliance Recap

July was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court) upheld the religious exemption and moral exemption final rules to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the indexed 2021 ACA affordability percentage. The President signed a law extending the … Continued

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance Final Rule

As background, on August 1, 2018, the Departments released a final rule that amended the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI). HHS also released a fact sheet on the final rule. The final rule allows consumers to purchase STLDI policies that are less than 12 months in length and may be renewed for up to … Continued

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

In response to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump signed the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law on March 27, 2020. The  CARES Act is the third phase in Congress’ response to COVID-19 following the Coronavirus  Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 and the Families … Continued

DOL Guidance – Employer Paid Leave Requirements in the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance on the paid leave requirements under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow partially compensated employee leave for child care purposes related to COVID-19. The FFCRA also provided for employee paid sick … Continued