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Visit our blog to stay up-to-date on compliance and human capital management (HCM), courtesy of CSNW Benefits and Benefit Advisors Network. Our Compliance and HCM teams help you navigate through the complex landscape of healthcare legislation, regulation, and reform. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a client review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a temporary rule updating certain FFCRA regulations. The temporary rule is scheduled to be published on September 16, 2020 and will be effective...

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The SBA has opened its portal as of Monday, August 10th to accept forgiveness applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Borrowers have 10 months from the end of their covered period to apply for forgiveness. Reach out to...

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Phase 2 of our Employer Resource Guide contains the following tools and resources: Phase 1 Navigating Risk to Health and Safety Making a Plan for Infectious Disease in the Workplace FFCRA Emergency Leaves of Absence: Considerations...

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Are you interested in engaging diverse, creative, innovative talent to your teams and mission? Consider recruiting interns, creating an internship program, and/or encouraging early talent, recent graduates to apply and join your...

 

Monday, August 3, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Intending to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs On July 24, 2020, President Trump issued several Executive Orders intending to lower prescription drug costs by (1) modifying anti-kickback laws...

 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Rev. Proc. 2020-36, which contains the inflation adjusted amounts for 2021 used to determine whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable...

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

As HHS Finalizes Its Updated §1557 Rules, the United States Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Individuals From Discrimination Due To Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and...

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

As we recently reported, on June 8, 2020, the IRS released the applicable PCORI fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. As we indicated in that alert, an updated Form 720 had not yet been released and,...

 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2020 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research...

 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

In Rev. Proc. 2020-32, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2020 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits. 2021 2020 Change...

 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Carrier Premium Credits and ERISA Fiduciary Obligations Due to COVID-19 and state and local stay-at-home orders, utilization of group medical and dental insurance benefits is down. As a result, some carriers recently notified employers...

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Phase 1 of our Employer Resource Guide: Navigating Risk to Health and Safety contains the following tools and resources: Updated Infectious & Communicable Disease Guidelines Family First Coronavirus Leave of Absences policies and forms...

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As the country continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 National Emergency declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, the IRS has provided some much needed guidance and relief for employees. On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued...

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 National Emergency, as declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, have been vast. As a result, many employers and employees are struggling to meet their various filing, notice, election, or other...

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

In this Part III Series, we will cover Social Security and payroll tax credits for Employers.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Considerations for Policies and Forms

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

In Part I of our CARES Act Series we covered the Tax Free Student Loan Repayment Plans. Part II will cover the Further Limitations on Paid Leave.

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

On March 27, 2020 Congress passed H. R. 748, (CARES Act), and President Trump signed it, making it a new law. Called to be the “single-biggest economic relief package in American history,” the CARES Act amends the Internal...

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Congress passes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act comes as a continued...

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

As much of the country is locked-down due to coronavirus 19 (COVID-19), employers have concerns regarding their employee benefit programs. This may stem from a reduction in hours and, unfortunately, from terminating, furloughing, or...

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

On March 18, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA is a bipartisan effort to help employers and individuals alike in managing pay, benefits, and business...

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Many employers that sponsor group health plans have portions of their employee population that are not eligible for the group health plan, typically because they are part-time employees. Employers sometimes wish to give these part-time...

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

States and the federal government have issued (or re-issued) guidance for employers in response to the recent novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As of March 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

With many businesses being faced with mandatory State orders to temporarily close or scale back their services in an ability to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), workers are being displaced. Turning to the unemployment...

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe and 100+ confirmed cases with an unfortunate 6 deaths in the United States, employers who haven’t already developed an Infectious and Communicable Disease policy in...

 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A review of the forms and instructions for 2019. Select the link below to view and download the document (.pdf).

 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Staying up to date on your participants’ beneficiary designations is likely not a top priority in your day-to-day activities as a plan administrator. However, by utilizing these three best practices, you can save yourself some...

 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Most private-sector group health benefits plans are covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which requires plan sponsors to distribute certain documents to participants. The Department of Labor (DOL) provided...

 

Friday, August 9, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued Guidance May 13 that clears the way for pharmacists to replace some expensive biological medical products with certain biosimilars. This change has the potential to help companies save...

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Published in the June 2019 Benefits Magazine from International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) Focusing on these ten compliance traps should help health and welfare plan sponsors reduce the chance of a Department of Labor...

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Medicare entitlement (i.e. eligible & enrolled) is only a COBRA qualifying event (QE) if it causes an employee to lose group health coverage (i.e. under 20 lives, or retiree plan). So due to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules,...

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Affordable Care Act (aka “the ACA”) has been with us for over 8 years, and there remains confusion about some of the key provisions. It hasn’t helped that there have been repeated legislative efforts to repeal the...

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

On March 28, 2019, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled that the 2018 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) final rules on association health plans (AHPs) are unlawful. The matter has been remanded back to the DOL with...

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

It’s the time of year where open enrollment is well behind us and probably isn’t top of mind until we have to start preparing again for next year. This is great time to reflect and ask ourselves: How many employees truly...

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Code §§105 and 125 require the substantiation (e.g., a receipt or bill) of all medical expenses paid or reimbursed from a health flexible spending account (FSA). Generally, substantiation occurs prior to funds being released,...

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

I’ve been meaning to ask if employees are able to add common law spouses or domestic partners to health insurance? This question comes up frequently. Many believe common law marriage is the same thing as a domestic partnership,...