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March 1, 2021 – Modifications Announced to COVID-19 Relief for Group Health Plan Deadline Extensions

March 1, 2021

  Modifications Announced to COVID-19 Relief for Group Health Plan Deadline Extensions Monday, March 1, 2021   As previously detailed in our Benefits Bulletin in Spring 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued mandatory guidelines aimed at providing extended deadline relief for group health plans subject to the Employee …

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February 3, 2021 – Fraudulent Claims in the New Year

February 3, 2021

  Fraudulent Unemployment Claims in the New Year Wednesday, February 3, 2021   Violations & What They Mean As 2021 begins with the majority of the U.S. working remotely and more of our lives taking place within the digital workplace, we continue to see an increased amount of cybercrime. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has …

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January 27, 2021 – Opt-Out Arrangements: Employer Compliance Considerations

January 27, 2021

  Opt-Out Arrangements: Employer Compliance Considerations Wednesday, January 27, 2021   Employers are often looking for ways to manage rising health care costs.  One common approach they may consider is offering an opt-out arrangement to their employees.  In such an arrangement, an employer offers a financial incentive or an opt-out payment to employees who waive …

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November 11, 2020 Benefits Bulletin – Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines: Agencies Issue Interim Final Regulations

November 11, 2020

  Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines: Agencies Issue Interim Final Regulations November Benefits Bulletin   As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law in March 2020, most group health plans are required to provide no-cost coverage for COVID-19 preventive services, including vaccinations. On November 6, the Internal Revenue …

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