Posts in Benefit Minute

  1. Maryland Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave (Benefit Minute)

    Maryland recently enacted a paid family and medical leave (PFML) program, joining several other states and the District of Columbia. The Time to Care Act (Act) became law when the state legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of the Act. The Governor indicated that the Act was supported by no actuarial analysis and no viable plan […]

  2. First Quarter Compliance Updates (Benefit Minute)

    This issue provides a recap of some recent regulatory activity.

  3. Compliance Reminders for Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (Benefit Minute)

    Health care flexible spending accounts (HCFSAs) are a valued employee benefit, but create administrative and compliance responsibilities for employers and their third party administrators. Permitted changes to how HCFSAs operate made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic added to these responsibilities. This issue of the Benefit Minute summarizes current compliance considerations for HCFSAs.

  4. OTC Covid Rapid Tests Now Covered by Health Insurance (Benefit Minute)

    The Departments of Labor, HHS and Treasury have issued FAQs that address insurance and group health plan coverage that is required under the FFCRA and the CARES Act for OTC Covid rapid tests. OTC Covid rapid tests are those that can be self-administered and self-read at home without the involvement of a health care provider. […]

  5. Benefit Plan and Payroll Limits for 2022 (Benefit Minute)

    Set forth below are the 2022 and 2021 limitations for qualified plans and other benefit related items.

  6. Important Updates for ACA Reporting and State Reporting Reminders (Benefit Minute)

    This Benefit Minute provides information on recent IRS guidance on Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C reporting, as well as reminders for reporting to states that are enforcing health insurance individual mandates. 

  7. OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID Vaccines/Testing for Employees (Benefit Minute)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) intended to minimize the risk of COVID transmission in the workplace. The ETS establishes minimum vaccination, vaccination verification, face covering, and testing requirements to address the grave danger of COVID in the workplace. OSHA intends to preempt any state or local […]

  8. Independent Dispute Resolution Process under the No Surprises Act (Benefit Minute)

    On September 30, 2021, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule that describes how payment disputes will be resolved under the No Surprises Act (NSA).

  9. President Proposes “Path Out of the Pandemic” (Benefit Minute)

    On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a comprehensive national strategy to combat COVID-19. The strategy includes a plan to vaccinate the unvaccinated, which affects private employees with 100 or more employees, federal government employees and contractors, and employees of health care entities. It also includes plans to increase COVID-19 testing. This Benefit Minute focuses […]