A recent court opinion from the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals—which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—highlights the perils of not offering Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage to a former employee on the basis that the employee was terminated due to gross misconduct.
From 401(k) plans to vacation policy, this topic gives HR and Compensation professionals specific strategies on how to handle benefit plans. Articles also provide guidance to brokers, advisers and consultants.
A federal challenge to a Wisconsin energy company’s employee wellness incentive was resolved April 5 with a $100,000 settlement. A federal court had thrown out the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) claim that the program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but allowed the EEOC’s related ADA retaliation and interference claims to proceed.
Most defined contribution retirement plan participants who are reenrolled in a plan’s default fund remain in that investment a year later, with only a few partially opting out, a recent Vanguard case study of reenrollment found.
The year 2016 was by far the biggest yet for monetary settlements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, and 2017 thus far is proceeding apace, a leading HIPAA attorney told a recent conference.
Question: Under what circumstances is an employer allowed to require a salaried exempt employee to utilize his/her vacation leave bank for full days away from the office for personal reasons other than medical? Also, is an employer allowed to withhold payment or “dock” a salary-exempt employee for full days out of the office for personal […]
Final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made several changes to various Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace rules. Included in the rule were the 2018 out-of-pocket maximums (OOPMs) for nongrandfathered health plans.
Question: I just found out that a former employee near the end of his COBRA election period was in an accident and is currently incapacitated. What are my options administratively if the election period ends and he has not yet elected COBRA coverage?
Many wellness programs now incorporate technology to appeal to tech-savvy employees, but the human element is still a critical component in the success of wellness programs, according to recent studies.
On April 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final updates to the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs for 2018.
On March 31, President Trump signed legislation to nullify a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule that narrowly limited the circumstances under which drug testing may be carried out by states in administering their unemployment insurance systems.