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DOL Publishes Spanish Version of COBRA Posters and Flyers
The documents appear under 'Posters and Flyers' on the target web page: 'Job Loss Poster (8 1/2 x 11)', 'Job Loss Poster (11 x 17)', 'Flyer for Employers', 'Flyer for Employees', and 'Flyer for Employees on Application for Review'.
(Employee Benefits Security Administration)
Podcast: HITECH's Impact on Benefit Brokers and Advisers
Excerpt: "With enforcement of the HITECH rules slated to begin this month, attorney Christine Roberts provides an overview of the requirements and offers some tips on what to do now to prepare."
(Employee Benefit Adviser; free registration required)
Number of HITECH Provisions Will Take Effect or Become Subject to Enforcement This Month (PDF)
Excerpt: "Although HITECH's new breach notification requirements took effect September 23, 2009, HHS adopted a non-enforcement policy allowing HIPAA-covered entities and business associates an additional five months -- or until February 22, 2010 -- to come into compliance with these provisions. . . . Action should be taken immediately to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place by that deadline."
Summary: Interim Final Regulations Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (PDF)
4 pages. Excerpt: "The interim final regulations issued on Friday replace existing regulations issued in 1997 following the enactment of the MHPA. The interim final regulations generally are effective for plan years beginning on or after July 1, 2010. Plans maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements ratified before October 3, 2008, however, are subject to a delayed effective date; the regulations for such plans are effective for plan years beginning on or after the later of (i) the date on which the last of the collective bargaining agreements relating to the plan terminates (determined without regard to any extensions), or (ii) July 1, 2010."
(American Benefits Council)
HR's Wish List for 2010 Incudes Wellness Programs
Excerpt: "With the economic forecast slightly improving, recent research finds that HR buyers plan to increase their budgets by 25 percent this year. Corporate social-networking tools, employee-wellness programs, performance-management systems and leadership-development initiatives are among the items on HR's wish list for 2010."
(Human Resource Executive Online)
The Role of ERISA Preemption in Health Reform: Opportunities and Limits (PDF)
Excerpt: "As many states pursue health care reform experiments, ERISA preemption becomes relevant as a potential limit on the scope and type of reforms states are able to enact. The dominant trend in ERISA litigation has been to preempt state legislation and litigation interfering with the administration of private employer sponsored health plans, making large-scale state health care reform initiatives difficult. The purpose of this paper is to examine the trajectory of judicial interpretation of ERISA and to discuss what opportunities exist to facilitate health care initiatives given the constraints of ERISA preemption."
(The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University)
Disability Insurers, False Claims and Social Security Benefits
Excerpt: "Here's a story worth reading, about a case worth paying attention to, namely the pending First Circuit appeal . . . concerning whether a long term disability insurer - namely Unum - engages in false claims when it instructs beneficiaries to also apply for Social Security disability benefits. Simply put, group long term disability plans routinely require participants applying for LTD benefits to also seek social security benefits, if they qualify, and the plans are structured so that the LTD benefits are off set by the amount of social security benefits received."
(Stephen Rosenberg of The McCormack Firm, LLC)
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2010 extends the COBRA premium subsidies that were enacted last year in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The new law is retroactive (as if included in the ARRA) and will require immediate attention from plan sponsors and their COBRA administrators. The International Foundationís e-learning course will focus on what plan sponsors need to do to administer those requirements.
Executive Compensation; Benefits in General
GPS (Guidance, Procedures, Systems): Global Stock Plans book now available
The NCEO has now made available the GPS (Guidance, Procedures, Systems): Global Stock Plans book from the Certified Equity Professional Institute of Santa Clara University. The publication discusses issues and considerations, including grant processes, transactions, and tax and payroll issues, for public companies that grant equity compensation in non-U.S. locations.
(National Center for Employee Ownership)
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