Update on Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age and More

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Compliance Recap - May 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jun 8, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

May was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Patient-Centered Outcomes/Comparative Effectiveness (PCORI) Fee FAQ - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee initially applied from 2012 to 2019. However, in December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 extended the fee to 2029.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

IRS Extension of Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 @ 08:06 AM

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

What You Need to Know about Health Flexible Spending Accounts

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, May 26, 2020 @ 09:05 AM

A health flexible spending account (health FSA) is a pre-tax account used to pay for out-of-pocket medical care costs for a participant as well as a participant’s spouse and eligible dependents.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar: How to Bring Employees Safely Back to Work

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, May 21, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT

Some businesses are eager to reopen and resume operations. But first, employers must create a plan to bring back employees without jeopardizing their safety. In this webinar, we will provide suggested best practices and share guidance from the CDC so you can create safe workplaces for your employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Learning Events, Business Strategy

Compliance Recap - April 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 08:05 AM

April was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Security Administration Disaster Relief Notice

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, May 6, 2020 @ 09:05 AM

On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak and by a separate writing made a determination, under Section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, that a national emergency exists beginning March 1, 2020, as the result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Business Strategy

Webinar: What Employers Need to Know about Notice and Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Apr 29, 2020 @ 10:04 AM

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

This webinar will help employers understand the various notice and disclosure requirements for group health plans.

This webinar will:

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

New IRS Form 7200 FFCRA Leave Tax Credit & CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 @ 09:04 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released IRS Form 7200 along with completion Instructions. Form 7200 may be used by an employer to request an advance payment of tax credits for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s (CARES Act) employee retention tax credit (ERTC) provisions.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Business Strategy