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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  An unpublished copy of the ETS is available here

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OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine / Testing Mandate For Private Employers – How Do You Count to 100?
November 4, 2021

Now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requiring employee vaccination / testing for private employers with 100 or more employees, the first question on the minds of many small to mid-size employers is:  “Are we covered?”  Fortunately, OSHA has provided guidance regarding the question of coverage.

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Are Your COBRA Notices Sufficient to Avert a Costly Challenge?
June 15, 2021

While the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) continuation coverage subsidy requirements imposed by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (previously discussed here and here) are at the forefront of employers’ minds, recent litigation trends should motivate plan sponsors to review their standard COBRA election notices to ensure they comply with the general requirements in the regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor (“DOL”).

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ERISA Fiduciary Obligations Expanded to Include Mitigation of Cybersecurity Risks
April 19, 2021

The clouds have been forming on the horizon for years now:  from the courts we have seen emerging lines of ERISA litigation asserting fiduciary obligations to protect the privacy rights of participants, and from the regulatory agencies we have heard an acknowledgment of the need for guidance regarding fiduciary responsibility with respect to cybersecurity risks.  A call to action for plan fiduciaries came last week from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) in the form of new Cybersecurity Guidance for Plan Sponsors, Plan Fiduciaries, Record-Keepers, Plan Participants.  See News Release at https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/ebsa/ebsa20210414.

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