In this Technical Bulletin we summarize significant developments for the first ten months of 2018, provide some reminders for 2018, look at what’s anticipated for 2019, include action steps, and provide links to additional resources.
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In late 2016, the DOL issued final rules updating existing ERISA claims and appeals procedures for employee benefit plans providing disability benefits. The final rules apply to all claims for disability benefits filed on or after January 18, 2018.
Our Technical Bulletin includes a high level overview of the 2016 developments that affect employer-sponsored health plans, several year-end reminders, a look at what’s ahead, action steps, and information about additional resources.
The DOL issued proposed regulations that include major changes to Form 5500 filings that would impact employers sponsoring ERISA health and welfare plans. The proposed changes, if finalized, would be effective for plan years beginning in 2019.
Technical Bulletin – 2016 Issue 6 – HHS Issues New HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Protocol
Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has started a new round of HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification audits. Employers sponsoring health plans should become familiar with the audit program and the new audit protocol.
On May 17, the EEOC published two sets of final rules applicable to employer-sponsored wellness programs – one under the ADA and the other under GINA. Our Technical Bulletin summarizes these final rules.
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor finalized the rule on overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). How can your organization proactively address these new guidelines and ensure compliance by the Dec. 1, 2016 deadline?
In late 2015, the DOL proposed new disability claim regulations which, if finalized, will have a significant impact on claims administration procedures for disability benefits such as STD and LTD for plans subject to ERISA.
Technical Bulletin – 2016 Issue 2 – Supreme Court Sends ERISA Plans Racing to the Courthouse for Subrogation Recoveries
The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that may affect the subrogation rights of employers sponsoring ERISA health plans. This Technical Bulletin, co-published with the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, discusses that decision.
On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 which provided additional guidance for health FSAs with a carryover provision. The IRS notice discusses COBRA with a carryover provision and two carryover restrictions that employers may impose.