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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

April 18, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

Connecticut DOL Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regs

"On March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor issued its final proposed amended CT FMLA regulations, which make several amendments to previously existing regulations. The new provisions relate to the job-protected leave aspect of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. This article highlights key changes about which employers should be aware."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Maryland Jumps on the Paid Family Leave Bandwagon

"Employers who provide a benefit that is equal or better than what is required under FAMLI will be able to file their plan with the Maryland [DOL] for approval. If an exemption is granted, the employer and its employees will be exempt from the bill's required contributions."  MORE >>


CMS Continues Implementation of No Surprises Act with IDR Portal and FAQs

"As providers and facilities continue to implement the various NSA requirements to comply with the new rule, the FAQs provide practical guidance to assist providers in this process.... Because of the delay in the launch of the IDR Portal, CMS expects that a high case volume will create a backlog of IDR requests now that the IDR Portal is live."  MORE >>


The Anatomy of U.S. Sick Leave Programs: Evidence from Public School Teachers

"The most common U.S. sick-leave schemes operate as individualized credit accounts -- paid leave is earned over time and unused leave accumulates, producing an employee-specific 'leave balance.' ... [R]esults suggest that a simple alteration to the current sick-leave scheme could reduce the likelihood of presenteeism, thereby lowering infection risk in schools, with few adverse consequences."  MORE >>

National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER]; purchase required for full document

Washington State Retools First-In-the-Nation Long-Term Care Benefit

"The WA Cares Fund, which was set to begin collecting money for the program with a mandatory payroll tax on workers in January, has been delayed while lawmakers made adjustments during the current legislative session. Payroll deductions will start in July 2023, and benefits will become available in July 2026. Other states are watching Washington closely as they weigh offering coverage for their own residents."  MORE >>

Kaiser Health News

Benefits in General

OPM Targets Data and Benefits Education to Improve Equity in the Federal Workforce

"OPM said that it will focus its federal employee-focused efforts on a pair of education initiatives: improving financial literacy for young federal workers, and making it easier for feds to pick the health insurance plan that's best for them through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program."  MORE >>

Government Executive

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Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Letter from to DOL Industry Associations Concerned About DOL's Increasing Use of Subregulatory Guidance (PDF)

American Benefits Council and 10 Other Employer and Industry Associations

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Big Litigation Win for UBH, But Mental Health Parity Risks Continue


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