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[Guidance Overview]
How to Report Health Care Costs on Form W-2
"We recommend that companies take advantage of the voluntary reporting period for 2011 to test their payroll systems before the penalties for reporting failures apply in 2012." (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP)


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[Guidance Overview]
State-Law Privacy Claims Alleging Unauthorized Disclosure of Individual's Health Information Not Preempted by ERISA
"This case presents an intriguing interplay of ERISA preemption and HIPAA privacy issues. The merits of the participant's claims will now play out in state court. According to its own court filings, the vendor (presumably a HIPAA business associate, although not stated in the opinion) gave the other driver's insurance company the claim number, provider, payment information, and diagnosis code for each date of service related to the participant's injuries." (Thomson Reuters/EBIA)

Flexibility Is Key for Keeping Good Employees
"[The original definition of flexibility, an accommodation for a working mom,] has changed. Today, flexibility is about the bottom line, a solution to a business challenge." (The McClatchy Company)

Asian-Americans and Whites Have the Highest Rates of Access to Sick Days
"New research finds that access to paid sick leave is significantly rarer among Hispanic and black employees." (Human Resource Executive Online)

Access to Sick Days Is Vastly Unequal
"Only 19% of low-wage workers have paid sick days, compared with 86% of high-wage workers." (Economic Policy Institute)

[Opinion]
Why Should You Want to Measure Your Company's Healthcare Subrogation Performance?
"A best-in-class program should allow you to recover $17.00 PMPY or more. For an employer with 100,000 'belly buttons' on it's health plan, that's $1,000,000 per year more to the bottom line." (Health Subrogation Blog)

Benefits in General; Executive Compensation

[Guidance Overview]
SEC to Relax the Limits on Number of Private Company Shareholders?
"Apparently, the SEC is considering revisions to the rules regarding the exemption of compensatory employee stock options from registration under Section 12(g) of the 1934 Act . . . ." (Michael S. Melbinger via Winston & Strawn LLP)

[Guidance Overview]
Should Employees Joining a Start-Up Make a 'Section 83(b) Election' on Restricted Stock Awards?
"One drawback to making a Section 83(b) election is that since the stock is not vested when the election is made, the stock may be forfeited. The consequence of forfeiting restricted stock with respect to which a Section 83(b) election was made is simply that the recipient paid tax on unrealized income and the tax paid cannot be recouped through a subsequent deduction." (Michael Best & Friedrich LLP)

[Guidance Overview]
Tribal Court Domestic Relations Orders May Be Qualified DROs (PDF)
"The DOL concluded that such tribal court orders may be recognized as QDROs provided applicable State law recognizes or treats tribal court orders as issued pursuant to state law." (Prudential Retirement)

The Epsilon Email Breach: Why HR and Benefits Managers Should Care
"This breach emphasizes the need for employers, especially HR and benefit managers, to perform diligence and contract appropriately with all service providers handling personal information on behalf of the organization, even if the information held isn't traditionally viewed as sensitive." (Poyner Spruill LLP)

Employee Benefits Update, April 2011 (PDF)
The five-page newsletter presents select compliance deadlines and reminders; retirement plan developments; and, health and welfare plan developments. (Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.)

Press Releases

US Labor Department Sues Duluth, Ga., Software Services Company to Restore Losses to 401(k) Retirement Plan Participants and Beneficiaries
(U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA))

Deadline Nears to Enter 10th Annual National Search for Best Companies
(Principal Financial Group)

The ESOP Association Announces 2011 Silver ESOP Award Recipients
(ESOP Association)

Alliance Benefit Group Reaches $2 Billion in Assets
(Alliance Benefit Group of Illinois)

Premier Healthcare Alliance, MedImpact Partner to Help Hospitals Better Manage Prescription Drug Costs for Their Employees and Benefit Plan Participants
(Premier Inc.)

Transamerica Retirement Introduces Enhanced Services Platform for TPAs
(Transamerica)

New Study Demonstrates Benefits of Worksite Health Promotion Programs for Small Businesses
(Health Enhancement Research Organization)

Longfellow Benefits Launches Longfellow HR Services; Employers Receive Responsive Human Resources Advice and Consulting Services
(Longfellow Benefits)

The Employee Benefits Security Administration is presenting a Free COBRA and HIPAA Compliance Workshop -- April 21, 2011 in Chicago.

Pre-registration is required and seats are allocated on a first-come basis.

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Employee Benefits Jobs

TPA Regional Manager - California/Arizona in AZ, CA for Transamerica Retirement Services Corporation

Employee Education Consultant in PA for PNC

Benefits Analyst III in CA for AAA

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Webcasts and Conferences

401(k)Rekon Advisor Symposium- San Antonio
in Texas on May 10, 2011 presented by 401(k) Rekon

401(k)Rekon Symposium- King of Prussia
in Pennsylvania on May 12, 2011 presented by 401(k) Rekon


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