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January 8, 2024

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[Guidance Overview]

DOL Provides Optional-Use FMLA Forms for Employers

"The current forms are more streamlined than their predecessors, require less time to fill out, and are able to be completed remotely via an electronic signature feature."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

California Expands Paid Sick Leave Mandate

"Senate Bill 616 expanded the state's existing paid sick leave mandate to require employers to provide higher caps of paid sick time. The amendment increases the annual amount of CA paid sick leave from 3 days/24 hours to 5 days/40 hours. The accrual cap has increased from 48 hours to 80 hours. This applies whether an employer chooses to accrue or frontload paid sick leave."  MORE >>


Make Cybersecurity Part of Your 2024 New Year's Resolutions

"[D]on’t end your resolutions with HIPAA ... Consider ERISA’s fiduciary duties, which may require plan sponsors to implement cybersecurity measures for health and welfare plans that aren’t subject to HIPAA, and to review the cybersecurity practices of all ERISA plan service providers. The FTC may require additional cybersecurity measures, particularly for mobile technologies and other digital solutions ... Beware of embedded tracking technologies[.]"  MORE >>


New Merger Guidelines Put PBMs in the Crosshairs

"On Dec. 18, the FTC and the Justice Department released new guidelines, effectively increasing scrutiny of efforts to further market concentration with the intent of making competition more fulsome.... If a merger might result in more than a 30 percent market share, or if a newly vertically integrated company would gain control of 50 percent of a related market, then that triggers this increased scrutiny[.]"  MORE >>

National Community Pharmacists Association [NCPA]

Benefits in General

[Official Guidance]

IRS Confirms E-Filing of Form 5558 Through EFAST2 Postponed Until Jan. 1, 2025

"Due to IRS administrative issues involving the EFAST2 system, the IRS is postponing electronic filing of Form 5558 through EFAST2 until Jan. 1, 2025. Plan sponsors and administrators should continue to use a paper Form 5558 to request a one-time extension of time to file a Form 5500 series or Form 8955-SSA (up to 2½ months after the normal due date for Form 5500s or Form 8955-SSA)."  MORE >>

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Client Manager for Marcum Wealth

Client Manager

Marcum Wealth


View job as Client Manager for Marcum Wealth

View job as Third-Party Employee Benefits Administrator for Schneider Downs

Third-Party Employee Benefits Administrator

Schneider Downs

Pittsburgh PA / Hybrid

View job as Third-Party Employee Benefits Administrator for Schneider Downs

View job as Recordkeeping Manager for July Business Services

Recordkeeping Manager

July Business Services


View job as Recordkeeping Manager for July Business Services

View job as Regional Sales Director - Midwest for July Business Services

Regional Sales Director - Midwest

July Business Services

Remote / IL / IN / MN / MO / WI

View job as Regional Sales Director - Midwest for July Business Services

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

An Outlook on Issues Impacting Group Health Plans in 2024

January 17, 2024 WEBINAR

Miller Johnson

ERISA: Beyond the Basics

May 7, 2024 WEBINAR

American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Planning for 2024: Compliance for Health and Welfare Benefit Plans


Must COBRA Coverage Be Offered to Spouses and Dependents Whose Coverage Was Dropped at Open Enrollment? (PDF)

Thomson Reuters / EBIA

ERISA Litigation Highlights, January 2024

Saul Ewing LLP

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