It’s not every day that you hear about a case that literally hinges on whether a cake was stolen. But that was the issue at the center of a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The court had to decide whether a grocery store had a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason […]
Everyone makes mistakes—but some mistakes are simply too costly to make. Especially when it comes to managing your workforce. Neither are Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) penalties or U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) lawsuits, so how can an organization incur such liabilities? Through compliance violations when it comes to administering health insurance continuation under the […]
By Kate McGovern Tornone, Editor When an employee needs a medical leave of absence, your first thought may be “FMLA.” But there’s more to the story: often, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is implicated right along with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). And employers need to know exactly what each law requires.
When an employee is terminated from employment and loses group health plan coverage (subject to The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)), plan administrators should ensure that all qualified beneficiaries are sent COBRA election notices in a timely fashion.
By Gwen Cofield Employers and plan administrators should frequently review their Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) procedures to ensure initial and election notices are distributed on a timely basis. Systemwide notice failures can lead to costly class action litigation.
by Kathryn M. Grigg Employees are not the only ones who suffer through a divorce. Employers also bear the cost of an employee’s divorce through absenteeism and reduced productivity. This article addresses some benefits and support programs you can provide at minimal cost to maintain a productive workforce. Costs of divorce The amount of time […]
We have a question about part time employee benefits. If we have employees who change from full-time status to part time, they may not have enough payroll to cover their benefit cost. If they don’t have enough payroll and we can’t take the payroll deduction, are they still eligible for benefits?
By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Legal Editor Despite the extra time bestowed by the IRS to file and distribute 1095-Cs for the 2015 tax year, coding challenges abound. How do you account for folks on COBRA? Noncalendar-year plans? And what the heck is a “Limited Non-Assessment Period,” anyway?
By Benjamin J. Conley, JD In late October, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a series of informal frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing various unanswered questions under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) preventive service mandate, the Mental Health Parity, and […]
Our business is being acquired and our employees will become eligible for the acquiring company’s benefit plans. What are we required to do in order to terminate our benefit plans including our cafeteria plan? Do we need to file anything or provide official communication to employees?