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March 16, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Government Funding Bill Extends Honeymoon for HDHPs and Telemedicine

"The relief is permissive, not required.... The relief is extended on a prospective basis.... The relief applies on a monthly basis, not on a plan year basis."  MORE >>

Miller Johnson


OC Vanpool Program Benefits Employers, Employees & Orange County

OC Vanpool can help your company provide an excellent benefit that will improve employee commutes, aid retention, and decrease commute cost. Less stressful commutes can often lead to happier and more productive employees as well. Learn more

Sponsored by Orange County Transportation Authority

[Guidance Overview]

Philadelphia City Council Passes Third Round of COVID-19 Paid Leave

"The 2022 COVID-19 leave mandate applies to employers with 25 or more employees. Previously, the PHEL mandate only applied to employers with 50 or more employees.... Covered employees who work 40 or more hours per week are eligible for 40 hours of COVID-19 leave, unless the employer designates a higher amount. Previously, the PHEL mandate provided such employees with 80 hours of leave."  MORE >>

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

[Guidance Overview]

New Michigan Laws Aim to Control Drug Costs by Regulating PBMs

"Enacted Feb. 23, the laws address licensing, transparency, network adequacy, spread pricing, medication limits, affiliated pharmacy preferences and disclosures between a pharmacy and a participant."  MORE >>


Employee's Poor Performance Beats FMLA Claim

"Despite some facially bad facts -- including that the employee was discharged only four days after returning from leave under the [FMLA] and subject to a supervisor's comments about her being 'sick a lot' -- the court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer. The case underscores the long-standing legal principle that an employer may discharge an employee if the employee would have been discharged regardless of having taken leave." [Anderson v. Nations Lending Corp., No. 21-1885 (7th Cir. Mar. 9, 2022)]  MORE >>

Ogletree Deakins

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon How to Avoid Surprise Bills, and the Pitfalls in the New Law

"Patients are no longer required to pay for out-of-network care given without their consent when they receive treatment at hospitals covered by their health insurance since a federal law took effect at the start of this year. But the law's protections against the infuriating, expensive scourge of surprise medical bills may be only as good as a patient's knowledge -- and ability to make sure those protections are enforced. Here's what you need to know."  MORE >>

Kaiser Health News

Court Permits Providers' COVID-19 Testing Claims Against Health Insurer to Proceed

"In a dispute over reimbursements for COVID-19 testing and related services, a district court concluded that the coverage mandates of the [FFCRA] and the [CARES Act] did not create a private right of action ... The court therefore dismissed claims by health providers alleging that a health plan's insurer violated the FFCRA and CARES Act by failing to reimburse the providers for COVID-19-related testing services furnished to plan participants. However, the court permitted the providers' related ERISA benefit claims to proceed." [Murphy Med. Assocs., LLC. v. Cigna Health & Life Ins. Co., No. 20-1675 (D. Conn. Mar. 11, 2022)]  MORE >>

Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Benefits in General

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon ERISA's Cops: DOL Enforcement Overview and Current Priorities (PDF)

9 pages. "[1] Overview of ERISA's fiduciary duties and prohibited transaction rules ... [2] DOL's organization and enforcement resources ... [3] DOL enforcement has remained robust ... [4] Current enforcement priorities ... [5] National enforcement projects ... [6] Additional (unofficial) DOL enforcement priorities ... [7] Possible future DOL enforcement priorities."  MORE >>

Morgan Lewis, via LexisNexis Practical Guidance

A Primer for Employees on Employee Benefits Litigation under ERISA

"It is crucial you understand the laws that apply to your benefits and the damages available, ... especially as they pertain to ERISA benefits litigation.... [1] What laws apply to employer-sponsored benefits? ... [2] What damages are available if benefits are denied? ... [3] Who has the burden of proof in establishing an entitlement to benefits? ... [4] Do you need an attorney to seek benefits?"  MORE >>

DeBofsky Sherman Casciari Reynolds P.C.

Employee Benefits Jobs

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Prime Pensions Northwest, LLC


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Nova 401(k) Associates

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for TPS Group 401(k) Consultant/Account Manager

TPS Group


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The Standard

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for The Standard

Press Releases

Milliman Named 'Best in Class' Defined Contribution Recordkeeper


Megan Lynch Appointed Senior Vice President, Premier Broker Partnerships of Chubb Workplace Benefits.


RPS Retirement Plan Advisors Announces Creation of New Pooled Employer Plan

RPS Retirement Plan Advisors

Nearly 75% of Employees Will Swap Health Insurance Plan Features for Significant Savings, Centivo Survey Reveals


Carbon Collective Launches Climate-focused Employer 401(k)

Carbon Collective

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

Employee Benefits Law Ethics Update

March 30, 2022 WEBCAST

American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Telehealth Expansion (Briefly) Resurrected

HUB International

Interactive Map: Enforcement of the No Surprises Act

The Commonwealth Fund

ACA Round-Up: Recent Developments

Health Affairs

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