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Webinar: Legal Considerations in Safely Returning to Work

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Register Now The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in workplace closures for over a year. Due to the increase in vaccinations and declining infection rates, many states are lifting stay-at-home and business closure mandates so that the country can return to business as usual. To […]

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IRS Tool for Advance Child Tax Credit

2-MINUTE READ TIME On June 14, 2021, the IRS issued a news release which unveiled an online Non-filer Sign-up tool designed to help eligible families who don’t normally file tax returns register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments, scheduled to begin July 15. The tool is also designed to help eligible individuals who don’t normally […]

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May Compliance Recap

10-MINUTE READ May 2021 was a somewhat busy month in the benefits industry. The absence of a significant of amount of agency guidance during the summer months is to be expected. However, the IRS finally issued guidance on the temporary 100% COBRA subsidy mandated by the American Plan Rescue Act of 2021 (the ARP), following […]

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BCBSA Antitrust Settlement Classes Eligible for Proceeds

2 MINUTE READ November 5, 2021 is the deadline for filing a claim in connection with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) $2.67 billion settlement reached in October 2020. The class action lawsuit was filed more than eight years ago by subscribers seeking injunctive and compensatory relief arising out of BCBSA’s alleged violation of […]

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Webinar: Complicated Issues under the COBRA Subsidy Rules

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Register Now On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Previously, the Department of Labor, in consultation with the Department […]

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2021 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee

1 MINUTE READ The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee deadline is around the corner. In Notice 2020-84, the IRS adjusted the applicable dollar amount to be multiplied by the average number of covered lives for purposes of calculating the fee for policy years and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2020, […]

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Parental Leave

On March 23, 2021, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed legislation (HB 210) requiring every employer to grant up to six weeks of personal leave for adoptive parents when they need time off to adopt a child who is younger than age 10. Employers that already have a policy in place that gives birth parents more […]

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IRS Guidance on Involuntary Termination for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

READ TIME: 4 MINUTES On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Previously, the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury and the IRS, issued FAQs […]

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IRS Guidance on Reduction in Hours for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

2-MINUTE READ The IRS recently issued IRS Notice 2021-31 in the form of FAQs, which provides extensive guidance on the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Previously, the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the Department of Treasury and the IRS, issued FAQs written for the benefit of participants […]

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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Update

1-MINUTE READ The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of […]

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