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July 16, 2021

7 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

Ending Health Coverage in Anticipation of a Qualifying Event

"Because the 'in anticipation of a qualifying event rule' looks so much like a COBRA triggering event, some employers find it helpful to, along with the HIPAA creditable coverage notice, also send out a communication explaining that the individual has lost health coverage and that COBRA rights might emerge at a subsequent date. Providing such an advisory notice may trigger a response from a spouse who was unaware of the termination, which will give the plan administrator a good indication whether the coverage was dropped in anticipation of a subsequent divorce."  MORE >>

HUB International

District Court Reinforces Employees' Obligations to Follow Established FMLA Notification Procedures

"The principal issue before the court was whether the employee was entitled to FMLA leave when the employee had failed to follow his employer's usual and customary notice requirements for requesting FMLA leave. The court granted summary judgment in the employer's favor, reinforcing the point that an employee's noncompliance with an employer's notice requirements ordinarily precludes the employee's entitlement to the FMLA's protections." [Munger v. Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc., No. 18-970 (D. Ore. Jun. 17, 2021)]  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

More Is More: Expanding Access to Primary Care Maintaining Quality

"The duration of physician visits, a direct measure of supply constraints, has increased substantially since 2006.... Rates of preventive screening and counseling saw a general pattern of decline between the 2006-2010 and 2011-2013 periods, followed by recovery in 2014-2016.... The primary care system has been able to absorb increases in utilization generated by the ACA without jeopardizing care quality or intensity."  MORE >>

The Commonwealth Fund


Employer-Provided Health Coverage Is a Bargain for U.S. Taxpayers

"A back-of-the-envelope calculation ... reveals that each dollar of federal expenditure yielded approximately $5.34 in benefits for covered employees and their families.... [It] would cost enormously more to provide the same level of financial security for health care needs exclusively directly through government programs than it does to incentivize tax-favored employer-sponsored coverage[.]"  MORE >>

American Benefits Council

Benefits in General

Enhancing Cybersecurity When Employees Work Remotely

"[1] Ensure access to dedicated and skilled information technology resources ... [2] Manage the devices accessing your systems ... [3] Require strong passwords and implement multifactor authentication ... [4] Update, test and train employees ... [5] Monitor employee access and activity ... [6] Promptly terminate access ... [7] Develop and maintain an incident response plan ... [8] Implement a telecommuting/telework policy ... [9] Restrictive Covenant Agreements."  MORE >>

Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

District Court Ruling Contradicts Intent of ERISA Disability Benefits Plans

"[The question presented was] whether retirement benefits transferred directly into a rollover account could be offset against the plaintiff's ERISA-governed disability insurance benefits. Although the rollover was not considered receipt of the funds for tax purposes, the court upheld the insurer's finding that the funds [the participant] received reduced her disability payments." [DeBold v. Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Boston, No. 20-11802 (D. Mass. Jun. 28, 2021)]  MORE >>

DeBofsky Sherman Casciari Reynolds P.C.

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Manager Global Employee Wellbeing
for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc Manager Global Employee Wellbeing

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc

Allentown PA

View job as Economist
for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] Economist

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS]

Telecommute / Woodlawn MD

View job as Data Analyst
for The Cultural Institutions Retirement System Data Analyst

The Cultural Institutions Retirement System

New York NY

View job as Actuary
for TRA, Inc. Actuary

TRA, Inc.


View job as Distribution Manager
for Goldberg, Swedelson & Associates Distribution Manager

Goldberg, Swedelson & Associates

Encino CA

View job as Sr. Benefits Attorney
for Air Line Pilots Association Sr. Benefits Attorney

Air Line Pilots Association

Mc Lean VA

View job as Recordkeeping Manager, Retirement Operations
for The Trust Company of Tennessee Recordkeeping Manager, Retirement Operations

The Trust Company of Tennessee

Telecommute / Knoxville TN

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