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Alert: New IRS Retirement Plan Compliance Program
June 24, 2022

Dear Plan Sponsor - Have you received a letter from the IRS with respect to your retirement plan? If so (or if not, but you want to be prepared in the event you do receive “the letter”), read on.

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Evolving Legal Landscape and Emerging Trends in Employer Abortion Coverage
June 24, 2022

State Law Activity:  A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think tank, found that 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned. This includes 9 states with a pre-Roe ban that was never lifted and 13 states with a trigger ban that would take effect automatically should Roe be overturned.

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Roe Overturned! Meeting Employee Healthcare Needs Post-Roe
June 24, 2022

The constitutional right to abortion has been eliminated.  The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, undoing a federal standard that had legalized abortions since 1973.  As a result, abortion will likely become illegal in half the country and many employers will be looking to revise their employee benefits in an effort to meet their employees’ health care needs. However, as discussed more fully below, the adoption of a new benefit can result in inadvertent compliance issues that need to be fully considered.

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Covid-19 Testing Coverage Mandate Expanded

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January 14, 2022

Earlier this week, the COVID-19 testing coverage mandate was significantly expanded pursuant to FAQs issued jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments).  The newly expanded mandate is effective now - or more precisely, on January 15, 2022. Following is a discussion of what is required by group health plans (and health insurance issuers) and certain procedural issues with respect to the guidance.

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IRS Releases 2022 Adjusted Qualified Plan Limitations
November 8, 2021

UPDATED to reflect issuance of IRS Rev. Proc. 2021-45

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COVID-19: US OSHA Issues Much-Anticipated COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard for Private Employers
November 4, 2021

Nearly two months after President Biden announced that a federal emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) regarding a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers would be forthcoming, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has finally issued relevant guidance.  For example, OSHA published a fact sheet for the ETS on the agency’s website and announced that the final ETS will be published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021.  An unpublished copy of the ETS is available here

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