Compliance Corner

A Look Into The Senates Proposed Healthcare Plan

On June 22, the Senate Republican leadership released the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 their version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill repeals and dramatically reshapes some provisions of the ACA, but retains the ACA framework.

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , , |

How Does New York’s Paid Family Leave Fit in With Other Leaves?

Employees faced with caregiving needs are covered by a number of different rules, including FMLA – and, starting in 2018, New York’s paid family leave law. Employers must deal with the complexities of integrating these overlapping – and, sometimes, conflicting – rules.

Case Study: Properly Administering an Employee Benefits Plan

The case Erwood v. Life Ins. Company of North America, et. al. involved an employee, Dr. Scott Erwood suffering from a cancer. Dr. Erwood was covered by employer sponsored group life insurance. In the transition from FMLA leave to disabled/terminated status, the employer, WellStar Health Systems, failed to inform Dr. Erwood about the plan provisions governing conversion of the group life insurance policy to individual coverage.

Paid Family Leave – What Leaves Qualify?

For starters, the new law does not provide for paid leave because of an employee’s own medical condition or need. Rather, the law provides for paid leave for employees to support family members (as specifically defined) and only for three specific categories of need: To participate in providing care for a family member of the [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , , |

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law – Time to Get Ready

Starting in 2018 your employees will be eligible for paid family leave to care for family members under New York State’s new family leave law. The law is far-reaching - it applies to every (nongovernmental) employer in New York State with at least one employee. And, the law provides for very generous benefits; when the [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner|Tags: , , |

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule Overturn

On March 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 37, a bill that nullifies the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule. This rule, also known as the “blacklisting rule,” was staunchly opposed by federal contractors. Among other things, the rule required federal contractors to disclose previous labor law violations when [...]

2017 Open Enrollment Checklist

To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes. In addition, any changes to a [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Employee Benefits Compliance Checklist for Small Employers

Federal law imposes numerous requirements on the group health coverage that employers provide to their employees. Many federal compliance laws apply to all group health plans, regardless of the size of the sponsoring employer. However, there are some compliance exceptions for group health coverage provided by small employers. For this purpose, a small employer [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Uncategorized|

New Recommended Practices for Anti-retaliation Programs

In the wake of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting and anti-retaliation rules, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently released new recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs. The initial rule requires employers to electronically submit information from work related injury to OSHA. More importantly, the rule solidifies employee anti-retaliation protections for reporting work-related injuries and [...]