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December 7, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon Time Is Running Out to Adopt Your Cafeteria Plan Amendments

"The changes permitted as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the IRS Notices required plans to be amended by the last day of the calendar year in which the amendment was effective. In other words, if you took advantage of any of the relief in 2020, including allowing a carryover into 2021, your plan must be amended no later than December 31, 2021. In addition, the changes for adding OTC drugs and menstrual supplies also have a December 31, 2021 amendment deadline."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

IRS Proposes Relief for ACA Reporting

"The deadline to furnish Forms 1095 to individuals will be permanently extended to March 2 (March 1 in leap years). The deadline to file Forms 1094 and 1095 with the IRS remains unchanged (February 28 (March 31 if filed electronically)).... [E]mployers may rely upon the furnishing deadline relief for Forms 1095 due for distribution in 2022 (for coverage provided in 2021)."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

A Refresher on the California Family Rights Act

"Employers with 5 or more employees must provide CFRA leave to eligible employees. Unlike FMLA there is no qualification as to where the employees work, e.g., within a 75-miles radius."  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

[Guidance Overview]

Illinois Employers Face New Health Coverage Reporting Requirement

"[T]his disclosure must include a comparison of the EHBs provided by the Get Covered Illinois program against those benefits covered by the employer's plan.... This reporting requirement is imposed on employers -- not insurers, TPAs, or group health plans.... The law applies to all employers, regardless of size, if they employ individuals in Illinois."  MORE >>

Michael Best

A Health Insurance Plan You Won't Hate? That's This Company's Mission

"Minneapolis-based Gravie allows employers to set budgets for their employees, who in turn can choose the plans that work best for them and their families. Last year, the company launched ... a benefits plan that features 100 percent coverage on common services -- including primary care, specialist visits, lab work, imaging, and generic prescriptions -- at a cost comparable with that of most insurance plans but without co-pays or deductibles."  MORE >>


Voluntary Benefits Could Help Address the Child Care Gap

"[E]merging regulatory changes in a handful of states, starting with New York, could put child care benefits back on the fast track. New York announced the addition of an employer child care tax credit as part of its FY2022 state budget. If passed, this tax credit will offer a financial incentive for employers to unravel the administrative web and begin offering child care benefits. The Biden administration has also expressed interest in incentivizing employer-sponsored coverage for dependents young and old."  MORE >>

Corporate Synergies

Future of Washington State's Long-Term Care Tax, Fund Uncertain

"[S]tate lawmakers are considering changes to the law even while lawsuits have been filed to modify or undo it.... The Act imposes a payroll tax on Washington workers of $0.58 for every $100 (0.58 percent) of their gross wages. Employers are required to withhold the tax and contribute the funds to a trust to fund long-term care benefits."  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

By Accepting Federal Funds, North Carolina State Health Plan Waived Sovereign Immunity

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has affirmed the district court's decision ... that a North Carolina state health plan for teachers and other state employees waived sovereign immunity by accepting federal funds. Therefore, it was not permitted to ... [deny] coverage for gender dysphoria treatments in violation of Section 1557 of the [ACA]." [Kadel v. North Carolina State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees, No. 20-1409 (4th Cir. Dec. 2, 2021)]  MORE >>


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Press Releases

Hub International Boosts Retirement Capabilities With Acquisition Of The Assets Of Fiducia Group In Pennsylvania

HUB International

PenChecks, ASPPA Announce Expanded Scholarship Program and 2021 Recipients

ASPPA [American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

2021 Year End Compliance Review: What Are You Missing?


No Surprises Act Interim Final Rule: Summary of Requirements and Implications for Plan Sponsors


Broker and Consultant Disclosures to Group Health Plans Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021


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