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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

April 11, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Are Employers Now Required to Offer Affordable Family Coverage?

"Although not directly affecting employer-sponsored plans, employers may experience indirect effects of the changes if the proposed rule is finalized. For example, in order for the [IRS] to make Premium Tax Credit determinations involving family coverage, they may require further information reporting from employers. The IRS Forms 1094 and 1095 might be modified to require separate affordability reporting regarding both employee-only coverage and other coverage offers."  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

[Guidance Overview]

Landmark Laws Expand Paid Family Leave Solutions for Virginians

"Until now, no state laws permitted companies to offer insurance plans that cover family leave. Virginia changes this by amending the insurance code to allow insurers to submit family leave insurance plans for approval to the Bureau of Insurance."  MORE >>

American Council of Life Insurers [ACLI]

[Guidance Overview]

Upcoming Deadline icon San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Reporting Due May 2, 2022

"An employer is covered by the HCSO for any calendar quarter if it meets the following three conditions: [1] employs one or more workers within the geographic boundaries of the City and County of San Francisco; [2] is required to obtain a valid San Francisco business registration certificate, and [3] is a for-profit business with 20 or more employees or a nonprofit organization with 50 or more employees. The employer must count all employees for this purpose -- not just those working in San Francisco."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Washington Amends Its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

"The Washington State Legislature has again amended the state's Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act.... [S]ignificant changes [include]: [1] First six weeks of postnatal leave for incapacitated employee is presumptively medical leave.... [2] Bereavement leave.... [3] Publication of employers with voluntary plans.... [4] Ending CBA exception."  MORE >>

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Employer's Failure to Provide Timely COBRA Election Notice Results in Retroactive Coverage and Penalties

"[Buford] argued that his former employer prevented him from exercising his COBRA rights by providing him with a COBRA election notice with an incorrect termination date of February 28, 2014, and then disregarding that date for COBRA coverage.... [T]he court sided with Buford, finding that General Motors' failure to correct his COBRA eligibility date was arbitrary and capricious." [Buford v. General Motors, LLC, No. 16-14465 (D. Mich. Jan. 26, 2022)]  MORE >>

Hall Benefits Law

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon HHS OCR Issues Annual HIPAA Reports to Congress

"OCR's breach report contains useful information regarding the most commonly reported categories of breaches and OCR's recommendations on best practices to avoid such breaches. OCR reported that 68% of the '500+' breaches in 2020 involved 'hacking/IT incidents of electronic equipment or a network server' while 23% involved 'unauthorized access or disclosure of records containing PHI.' ... OCR's enforcement report also provides statistics and information that can be useful to covered entities in focusing their compliance efforts."  MORE >>

Health Law Advisor, Epstein Becker Green

Employee Benefits Jobs

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Denver CO

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Selected New Discussions

Under 30 Full-Time Employees Means No ACA Penalties?

"I understand penalty A and B calculations. I also see that the B calculation will never be larger than a according to IRS guidance. If business has 59 FTE (so they are an ALE) but *only* 28 truly full-time employees, then the business is shielded from both penalties, correct? So, a business with 30 FT all year (or less) is protected from penalties?"

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Press Releases

Wellbeats Partners with Children's Cancer Association to Support 'Every Minute Counts' Campaign


Advisor Group Welcomes Gallagher's Retirement Plan Consulting Practice To Its Network

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Last Issue's Most Popular Items

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Student Loan Updates: What Does It Mean for Employers?


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