Dental and Vision Plans Eligible to Receive Small Employer Tax Credit Under New Guidance
Excerpt: "An employer's premium payments are only taken if they are paid under a “qualifying arrangement,” under which the employer pays at least 50% of the premiums for each employee enrolled in the employer's plan . . . . [I]f an employer offers a major medical insurance plan and a stand-alone dental plan, the employer must separately satisfy the requirements for a qualifying arrangement with respect to each type of coverage."
Final Regulations Issued on Employer TRICARE Incentives (PDF)
2 pages. Excerpt: "The Department of Defense has issued final regulations that provide guidance on application of the rules prohibiting employers from offering TRICARE-eligible employees incentives not to enroll in the employer's group health plan."
Court Awards No Penalties for Late But Corrected COBRA Election Notices
Excerpt: "In finding no bad faith, the court also noted with approval the employer's practice of having outside auditors perform 'sampling audits' to ensure compliance with COBRA plus the steps taken to correct the error."
(Employee Benefits Institute of America)
Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave
Excerpt: "These administrative tools for managing intermittent FMLA leave will not serve as a panacea for the problems caused by such leaves, but judicious use of such tools can deter and mitigate some of the abuses that employers frequently encounter."
(Human Resource Executive Online)
Grandfathered Plans Under Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "The legislation does permit three plan modifications that will not cancel grandfathered status: re-enrollment of formerly covered individuals or families, new enrollment of individuals or families and the addition of dependents of already enrolled individuals."
(Warner Norcross & Judd LLP)
Study Points to Health Law's Penalties
Excerpt: "About one-third of employers subject to major requirements of the new health care law may face tax penalties because they offer health insurance that could be considered unaffordable to some employees, a new study says."
(The New York Times; free registration required)
Executive Compensation; Benefits in General
ERISA Supreme Court Attorney Fees Case Goes Way of Plaintiffs
Excerpt: "The case is interesting because it poses a common legal issue in ERISA litigation. The court, after pointing out problems with a plan administrator's interpretation of plan terms, remands the case back to the company and the company ends up awarding the initially requested benefits to the employee."
(Workplace Prof Blog)
Workshifting Benefits: The Bottom Line (PDF)
23 pages. Excerpt: "The purpose of this paper is to quantify the benefits of workshifting -- specifically working from home -- has for employers, employees, and the community. Citrix Online coined the term 'workshifting'to describe the growing trend to working from anywhere other than a traditional office through the use of web-based technology."
(Telework Research Network)
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