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April 21, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

DOL Provides Model ARPA COBRA Notices and Subsidy FAQs

"[T]hese model COBRA notices may still require some tailoring before distribution. For example, the general notice refers to an AEI's ability to switch to another coverage option, which may be confusing to AEIs whose employers do not allow that option."  MORE >>

Corporate Synergies

[Guidance Overview]

Alert (High Risk Issue) icon All Good Subsidies Must Come to an End: ARPA's COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notice Requirements

"Plan administrators must notify [assistance eligible individuals (AEIs)] at least 15 days (but no more than 45 days) before they will lose the subsidy.... This deadline creates an immediate problem with respect to AEIs [already] nearing the end of their maximum COBRA coverage period."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

New Mexico Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

"As an alternative to the accrual process, the HWA permits employers to frontload ESL by granting the full 64 hours to employees on January 1 of each year ... While the statute does not specify whether frontloading ESL relieves an employer of carryover obligations, future regulations may answer that and other outstanding questions."  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

[Guidance Overview]

President Biden to Call on All Employers to Provide Paid Time Off for Employees to Get Vaccinated

"Providing paid time off for vaccinations is an investment in the safety, productivity and health of an employer's own workforce and their community. No working person in this country should lose a single dollar from their paycheck to take time to get the shot or recover from it. The paid leave tax credit that President Biden signed into the law in the American Rescue Plan ensures that no small businesses or non-profits will lose a single dollar by providing such paid leave to workers receiving a vaccination."  MORE >>

Executive Office of the President

Sixth Circuit Upholds Denial of Benefits Under ERISA Plan's Limitation for Preexisting Conditions

"The court affirmed the district court's determination, finding that Harrison's depression and anxiety were but-for causes of her inability to work and subject to the policy's preexisting-condition limitation." [Harrison v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, No. 20-3337 (6th Cir. Apr. 19, 2021)]  MORE >>

Roberts Disability Law

Pillars of a PBM Strategy That Keeps Plan Costs in Check

"A strong PBM management strategy is built on four pillars: contract management, clinical program optimization, plan design, and alternative funding programs. Here's how to build upon each."  MORE >>

HUB International

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Retirement Program Analyst
for Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Retirement Program Analyst

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Hilliard OH

View job as Senior Retirement Plan Compliance Analyst
for Empower Retirement Senior Retirement Plan Compliance Analyst

Empower Retirement


View job as Regional Solicitor
for Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor Regional Solicitor

Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor

Telecommute / Los Angeles CA / Seattle WA / San Francisco CA

View job as Senior Actuarial Consultant
for USI Consulting Group Senior Actuarial Consultant

USI Consulting Group

Glastonbury CT

View job as Business Analyst
for IJOIN Business Analyst



Press Releases

Blue Ridge Acquires Coastal Pension Services, Inc.

Blue Ridge ESOP Associates

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Payer-Provider Collaboration: The Road Behind, The Road Ahead

June 9, 2021 WEBCAST

Conference of Consulting Actuaries

Employer Forum on Pharmacy Benefits & Specialty Drugs: Managing Drug Spend for High-Cost Therapies

June 23, 2021 WEBCAST

Midwest Business Group on Health

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Employers Must Act Now on April 1 COBRA Subsidy Period

Murphy Austin

Employers Should Distribute ARPA COBRA Notices as Quickly as Possible

Golan Christie Taglia

Present Law and Background on Dependent Care and Paid Leave

Joint Committee on Taxation [JCT], U.S. Congress

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