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April 9, 2020 – The Next Existential Global Crisis: Cyber Attacks

April 9, 2020

By: Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Property & Casualty   Amid the first existential global crisis most humans currently on the planet have experienced, we may find ourselves with extra time for deep self-reflection and the opportunity to ponder larger questions that typically never have a chance to enter our consciousness amid the commotion of …

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April 7, 2020 – Group Health Plan Dependent Eligibility Audit

April 7, 2020

  Group Health Plan Dependent Eligibility Audit   At the outset, employers should have two main objectives regarding their group health plan’s eligibility provisions: (1) drafting clear plans and policies to reflect their intended eligibility rules, and (2) administering and monitoring these eligibility provisions consistently.  In order to achieve the second objective, an employer may …

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March 27, 2020 – DOL Issues Additional FFCRA Resources

March 27, 2020

  Department of Labor Issues Additional Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resources   Employers impacted by COVID-19 have a variety of questions regarding the Act’s effect on their business and employees.  While there are still many questions left unanswered, the Department of Labor (DOL) is continuing to release guidance and resources often to help employers. …

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March 6, 2020 Coronavirus in the Workplace Bulletin

March 9, 2020

  Coronavirus in the Workplace According to the CDC, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, such as with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The virus that causes COVID-19 …

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Extended Deadline for Furnishing 2019 ACA Form

December 19, 2019

Happy Holidays from the IRS: Extended Deadline for Furnishing (But Not Filing) 2019 ACA Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C December 2019 Simplify Compliance Benefits Bulletin   On December 2, 2019, the IRS issued Notice 2019-63, which extends the due date for certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting requirements for insurers, self-insured plan sponsors, and …

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Wellness Plan Compliance Checklist

December 19, 2019

Simplify Compliance Benefits Brief December 2019 Employers offer wellness plans for a number of reasons, but the main reasons are often to contain health care costs and to encourage employees to improve their health and prevent disease.  There are many different laws and legal considerations that govern wellness plans.  The design of an employer’s wellness …

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California Enacts New FSA Notification Requirement

November 18, 2019

  California recently enacted a new law, AB 1554, which imposes a notice requirement on employers who have California employees that participate in a health care flexible spending account (FSA), a dependent care FSA, or an adoption assistance FSA.   This new law is effective January 1, 2020.   Claim Submission Deadline Requirement Whether or …

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