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Regarding the New York Paid Family Leave Law

Friday, August  4,  2017

NEW YORK PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW Eligible employees will be able to take NYPFL to take care of a seriously ill family member, to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child, or for military exigency, as defined by the federal FMLA rules. The New York Disability Benefits Law (NYDBL) was amended to include paid … Continue reading

July Compliance Recap

Friday, August  4,  2017

July was a relatively quiet month in the employee benefits world, despite the U.S. Senate’s release of two bills in its attempt to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). First, the U.S. Senate revised its Better Care Reconciliation Act and declined to vote on its revision. Then the U.S. Senate released its … Continue reading

ACA/BCRA Update

Wednesday, July  19,  2017

As you know, a few weeks ago Senate Republicans drafted a bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), in an effort to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). If you remember, Republicans currently hold a 52-member majority in the Senate, therefore Senate Republicans are left with a two member margin … Continue reading

June Compliance Recap

Friday, July  7,  2017

June was an active month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Senate released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 which would substitute the U.S. House Resolution 1628 that aimed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided an ERISA church plan … Continue reading

February Compliance Recap

Tuesday, March  7,  2017

February had relatively little activity in the employee benefits world because a new Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans (HHS) was recently confirmed and HHS started its rulemaking under the new administration. On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price as the new Secretary of HHS, who has a budget … Continue reading

Impact of Opt-Out Incentives on ACA Affordability Calculations

Thursday, February  23,  2017

Quick Overview of Affordability   Employers may find themselves subject to a penalty if an employee goes to the Marketplace/Exchange and obtains a premium credit, because the employer plan was not affordable or does not provide minimum value.   An employee is not eligible for a premium tax credit for any month in which the … Continue reading

November 2016- Compliance Recap

Tuesday, December  6,  2016

November was quite an active month for compliance related updates in the law with regard to employee benefits and human resources. The IRS delayed 6055 and 6056 reporting for 2017, the Overtime Rule was delayed, the government released annual benefit plan amounts for 2017, and the IRS released advanced copies of the 2016 Form 5500. … Continue reading

Compliance Alert! – DOL Appeals FLSA Overtime Rule Injunction

Friday, December  2,  2016

As we expected, last evening, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Department of Labor’s appeal indicates plans to challenge the injunction that put the changes to the federal overtime rule on hold by a Texas federal judge. The appeal does … Continue reading

Phishing Email Alert

Thursday, December  1,  2016

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued an alert regarding phishing attempts by a company or individual utilizing the HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR’s Director. The email appears to be an official government communication and targets employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates. The email prompts recipients to … Continue reading

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

Wednesday, November  23,  2016

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal judge blocked the Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rule by issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction. The regulation was scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1 and would have raised the salary limit for which workers could be exempt for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Judge Amos … Continue reading

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