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October 10, 2016

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ACA Outreach for State and Local Governmental Employer Community
October 20, 2016 WEBCAST
IRS [Internal Revenue Service]

Retirement Plan Law Suits on the Rise
October 25, 2016 WEBCAST
HANYS Benefit Services

Lower the Fee, the More for Me? Figuring Out 401(k) Fees
October 27, 2016 in DC
Worldwide Employee Benefits Network [WEB] - Washington Metropolitan Chapter

Nonprofit Fiduciary Summit
November 2, 2016 in DC
Lockton

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[Guidance Overview]

Time to Send Notice that Your HIPAA Privacy Notice is Available
"HIPAA has a requirement that plan sponsors must send a notice to participants letting them know they have a right to receive a notice of privacy practices.... Since all group health plans were required to revise their notices by November 23, 2013 ... the 3-year deadline for reminding participants is approaching for all plans that have not sent a revised notice or notice of availability since the deadline in 2013."
Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP

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[Guidance Overview]

Final 1094-C and 1095-C Forms and Instructions for 2016 Posted by IRS (PDF)
"The changes from the 2015 forms were minor. However, the instructions for completing the 1094 C and 1095 C forms for 2016 have changed significantly. The changes primarily were more extensive explanations on how to complete the forms."
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

[Guidance Overview]

ACA's 2016 Transitional Reinsurance Fee Submissions Must Be Filed Soon
"Plan sponsors that may be newly eligible for the exemption for self-insured, self-administered plans due to a change in their operations should ... determine if the exemption is applicable. Other plan sponsors should get ready to complete the submission process before the November 15, 2016 deadline. The transitional reinsurance fee cannot be extended by the federal government unless authorized by Congress."
Segal Consulting

[Guidance Overview]

Starting in 2017, Your Plan's Opt-Out Payment and Rules May Impact ACA Affordability Penalties
"Although the proposed regulations provide a workable rule for excluding the value of payments under eligible opt-out arrangements, sponsors of such eligible arrangements will have additional administrative and record-keeping requirements with respect to reasonable evidence. Plan sponsors may want to look at whether the additional amount taken into account as employee cost would actually cause the coverage to be unaffordable."
Cheiron

[Guidance Overview]

New EEOC Wellness Regs Require Re-Evaluation of Rewards
"In addition to the new restrictions on rewards, the regulations require an employer to provide a notice to participants that's easily understandable and that explains what medical information will be collected, how it will be used, who will receive it, and the restrictions on its disclosure."
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

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HHS Clarifies Cloud Providers as Business Associates
"Whether a contractor to a covered entity or subcontractor to a business associate, this status applies even if a cloud provider handles only encrypted ePHI and does not hold the key to decrypt the data, OCR says. That means covered entities and business associates are required to enter into HIPAA-compliant business associate agreements with cloud providers. The guidance calls cloud providers contractually liable for meeting the agreement's terms, and directly liable for compliance with applicable HIPAA requirements."
FierceHealthcare

Employers Weigh in on Telecommuting, Paid Parental Leave and Other Absence Management Trends
"While 90 percent of employers offer some type of paid sick time -- either through a standalone benefit or paid time off (PTO) program -- the benefit doesn't always extend to part-time workers.... Every industry included in the survey reported employees working outside of the office from time to time ... [O]nly 24 percent of employers surveyed offer some form of [paid parental leave], and only 13 percent of those companies provide paid leave for secondary caregivers."
Lockton

California Governor Vetoes Expanded Parental Leave Bill
"The bill would have provided eligible employees with up to six weeks of protected baby-bonding leave in the first year following the child's birth, adoption or foster care placement. Under current law in California, employers with five or more employees are required to provide up to four months of leave to women who become disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. Existing law also provides eligible employees -- male and female -- with 12 weeks of baby-bonding leave if their employer has at least 50 employees."
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]

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