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August 5, 2019

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American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

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[Guidance Overview]

EEOC Withdraws Incentive Rules and Creates Uncertainties for Wellness Plans

"Notwithstanding its removal of the sections on incentives, the EEOC's other rules governing wellness program design under the ADA and GINA remain intact. Specifically, the ADA allows employers to conduct voluntary medical examinations and activities, including voluntary medical histories, that are part of an employee health program available to employees at the work site. Any wellness program offered must be (i) voluntary, (ii) confidential, and (iii) reasonably designed to promote health or prevent disease."

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Fewer Spouses Covered on Employee Benefit Plans

"Employers often use one of the following four methods to reduce the number of spouses they cover: [1] Charging employees more to cover spouses who have access to employer-sponsored coverage through their own jobs. [2] Charging employees more to cover spouses whether or not they have access to other coverage. [3] Choosing not to cover any spouses who have access to their own employer-sponsored coverage. [4] Choosing not to offer coverage for any spouses under any circumstances."

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans [IFEBP]

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect Despite Lawsuit to Block It

"A city official confirmed that the ordinance took effect Aug. 1 and that the city expects covered businesses -- those with at least six employees -- to comply. However, the city will not enforce the ordinance until April 1, 2020. Businesses with five or fewer employees have until August 2021 to comply."

Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article

Job Seeker Checklist: Medical Benefits? Check. Financial Wellness Benefits? Check.

"Although the conversation around financial wellness is mainly between employers, intermediaries and wellness program providers, employees are beginning to expect financial wellness programs to be included in workplace benefits programs ... 57% of employees said they were very or somewhat stressed about their financial wellness. Three in 10 said financial stress was impacting their job performance, and about a third tried to find another job to improve their financial stability. More than half believe they will need to delay retirement."

Prudential

Benefits in General

How an Innocent ERISA Administrator Mistake Can Lead to Money Damages

"A recent decision on remand from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit presents a disturbingly common fact situation and legal analysis that shows, in one district judge’s view, how an innocent ERISA plan administrator mistake can lead to monetary relief." [DeRogatis v. Bd. of Trustees of the Welfare Fund of the Int'l Union of Operating Engineers Local 15, 15A, 15C & 15D, AFL-CIO, No. 14-8863 (S.D.N.Y. June 13, 2019)]

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Text of Updated CHIP Model Notice for Employers Regarding Premium Assistance Opportunities (PDF)
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Self-Insured Health Plans: Recent Trends by Firm Size, 1996-2018
Employee Benefit Research Institute [EBRI]

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