Compliance News

Keeping you up to date on the regulations, legislation and compliance news that matters.
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November 23, 2020

What We Know Today: COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations

A vaccine is coming. How will it affect plan sponsors?

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November 23, 2020

Single-Employer DB Funding Extension is Now January 4, 2021

In response to requests from plan sponsors, the IRS has moved the extended date for contributions to private sector

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November 19, 2020

ACA Percentages and Dollar Amounts, All in One Place

Read our handy summary chart of ACA dollar amounts and percentages, updated whenever new information is published.

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November 11, 2020

IRS Addresses Plan Withholding on Payments to State Funds

Learn more about the latest guidance from the IRS so you can be compliant.

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November 5, 2020

Final Transparency Rule for Group Health Plans and Insurers

Understand the final transparency rule and stay compliant with the disclosure and notice requirements.

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November 5, 2020

Departments Publish Mental Health Parity Compliance Tool

Learn more about the final self-compliance tool and how it benefits you.

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November 4, 2020

Guidance on Covering COVID-19 Preventive Services and Tests

Understand the new interim final rule implications and how it affects group health plans.

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November 4, 2020

Election 2020: Presidential Race, Senate Control Uncertain

Employee benefits issues will continue to be important for the next administration and Congress. We take a look.

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October 13, 2020

Medicare Part D 2021 Numbers: What You Need to Know

Medicare Part D 2021 drug benefit program changes may affect group health plans that cover retirees.

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October 12, 2020

Independent Contractor or Employee? DOL Proposed Rule

Find out the implications of the proposed rule for your workers.

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October 8, 2020

Guidance on ACA Reporting for 2020

Learn more about the ACA reporting requirements and how they affect your plans.

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October 6, 2020

Another National Public Health Emergency Extension

The COVID-19 public health emergency has been extended for an additional 90 days, until January 21, 2021.

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October 6, 2020

HHS OCR Releases Title IX Effective Practices List

Learn more about the practices and how it implies to your institution.

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September 28, 2020

Updated PBGC Lump-Sum Methodology Will Affect Few Plans

Find out how this regulation change affects your plan.

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September 28, 2020

DOL’s Latest Proposed Regulation: Proxy Voting

Learn about how the DOL's proposal would address your fiduciary responsibility to vote proxies.

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August 21, 2020

Dramatic Increase in Automatic Amortization Extension Fee

Learn more about the IRS fees extension and how it affects your plans

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August 21, 2020

August 31 Extended Rollover Deadline Fast Approaching

Learn more about the extended deadline for RMD rollovers and act accordingly

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August 13, 2020

Executive Orders Aimed at Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

Learn more about the executive orders to lower drug pricing and how it affects healthcare costs.

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August 10, 2020

CARES Act Relief for Single-Employer DB Plans Explained

Learn more about the relief and how it affects your plan.

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July 30, 2020

HHS Extends National Public Health Emergency

Learn more about the extension and how it affects your plan.

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July 10, 2020

More Retirement Plan Guidance on Distributions and Loans

Learn more about the retirement plan guidance on distributions and loans.

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July 10, 2020

Summer Camp Closed? Guidance Helps Parents Take FFCRA Leave

Learn more about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act guidance

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July 6, 2020

Supreme Court Rules Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers

Federal protections against workplace sex discrimination now apply to discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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July 6, 2020

New Final Rule on the ACA’s Nondiscrimination Requirements

The rule revises the previous interpretation of the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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June 25, 2020

Federal Expectations for MHPAEA Compliance Heighten

Read a summary of the proposed updated version of the MHPAEA self-compliance tool.

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June 24, 2020

Plans Not Required to Cover COVID-19 Tests in All Situations

On June 23, 2020, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services released new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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June 10, 2020

Indexed Amount for PCORI Fee

July 31, 2020 is the deadline for calendar-year group health plans to pay the ACA’s comparative effectiveness research fee for the 2019 plan year.

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June 3, 2020

Additional Deadline Relief for Retirement Plans

The IRS has provided additional relief for retirement plan sponsors filings and notices.

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May 28, 2020

New ERISA Rules for Retirement Plan Electronic Disclosure

DOL published a final rule providing a new voluntary safe harbor for electronic disclosures by retirement plans subject to ERISA

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May 20, 2020

DOE Releases Final Rule on Title IX Regulations

The Department of Education (DOE) has released a much-anticipated Final Rule mandating sweeping changes

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May 19, 2020

Governmental Health Plans and Extended Deadlines

New guidance clarifies the impact of the guidance on non-federal government health plans.

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May 14, 2020

New Flexibility for Cafeteria Plan Elections

Employers with cafeteria plans now have significant flexibility to address challenges that have arisen because of the COVID-19 public health emergency

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May 12, 2020

IRS FAQs on Plan Distributions and Loans Related to COVID-19

The IRS has issued guidance in the form of FAQs that clarifies the distribution and loan relief provisions made available to retirement plans

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May 12, 2020

ACA OOP Limit for 2021 & Guidance on Rx Manufacturer Coupons

The Department of Health and Human Services issued an important notice for plans not grandfathered in under the ACA.

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May 4, 2020

Health Plan Sponsors: There Are New Model COBRA Notices

The Department of Labor's new model COBRA notices for continued health coverage contain new information regarding Medicare

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May 1, 2020

Health and Disability Plan Deadlines Extended

The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Treasury, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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May 1, 2020

DOL Filing Deadlines & Fiduciary Relief for Retirement Plans

Fiduciaries and administrators of private sector retirement plans will be relieved to learn that the Department of Labor has issued guidance in respon

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April 14, 2020

Answers to FAQs on COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Here are the answers to the FAQs about the new federal requirements for coverage of diagnostic testing services for COVID-19

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April 10, 2020

State Insurance Premium Payment Relief Related to COVID-19

In response to hardships related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, states have begun to issue notices about new insurance

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March 30, 2020

Federal Focus on Mental Health Parity Enforcement Continues

The federal government continues to prioritize the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

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March 30, 2020

Impact of CARES Act on Health Plans

We highlight the CARES Act provisions that affect group health plans.

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March 30, 2020

DOL Guidance on Paid Leave Related to COVID-19

We look at two new types of leave for governmental employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees.

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March 30, 2020

Impact of CARES Act on Retirement Plans

The CARES Act is generally immediately effective. That means there are action items plan sponsors need to consider now.

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March 20, 2020

New Law Addresses Coronavirus Testing, FMLA and Sick Leave

A new act signed into law lays down guidelines for group health plan coverage, paid family and medical leave, and more.

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March 16, 2020

ERISA-governed Funds: Reimbursing Cancelled Travel?

Can ERISA-governed multiemployer welfare funds reimburse trustees for unused travel expenses outside of a refund policy but due to COVID-19?

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March 13, 2020

Reminders about 403(b) Plans and Hardship Distributions

This is a reminder about two compliance issues that might need plan sponsor attention at this time.

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March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Test Coverage and Group Health Plans

State insurance commissioners have issued directives to implement modifications to existing insurance regulations in light of COVID-19.

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March 10, 2020

Medicare Telehealth Expansion in COVID-19 Spending Law

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies.

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March 4, 2020

What Plan Sponsors May Need to Change for SECURE Act

Retirement plan sponsors may need to take certain actions in order to stay compliant with the new legislation.

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March 2, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Latest ACA Challenge

The Supreme Court agrees to hear case on whether the ACA is unconstitutional

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February 27, 2020

SCOTUS: Receipt of DC Plan Disclosure Not “Actual Knowledge”

Yesterday, in the Intel v. Sulyma case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the participant’s favor today, finding that a participant does not

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February 26, 2020

MI’s New Auto Insurance Law May Affect Group Health Plans

Effective July 1, 2020, the state's residents will no longer need to carry personal injury protection (PIP) on their auto policies.

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February 10, 2020

Rx Manufacturer Coupons & the ACA’s Out-of-Pocket Limit

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued new information for non-grandfathered group health plans.

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January 28, 2020

Appropriations Acts: Health and Fringe Benefits

The end-of-year spending legislation has important implications for some health plans and fringe benefits.

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January 3, 2020

Proposed Guidance on Rx Importation

On December 23, 2019, the FDA published guidance on two pathways to promote access to safe, lower-cost prescription drugs.

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December 27, 2019

New Paid Leave Rights for Federal Employees

The new paid leave rights will be available for any birth or placement for adoption or foster care occurring on or after October 1, 2020.

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December 20, 2019

Latest Court Ruling on ACA Has No Immediate Impact on Plans

The ruling was made on December 18, 2019.

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December 18, 2019

Proposed Rule Would Require Transparency of Cost-Sharing and Pricing Information

The deadline for comments on the proposal is 5 pm on January 14, 2020.

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December 18, 2019

Congress Set to Repeal 40 Percent Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans; Pass SECURE Act

President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law before December 20.

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December 17, 2019

2020 Reporting and Disclosure Guide

Get our annual guide to compliance requirements for sponsors of health and retirement plans.

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December 12, 2019

IRS Dollar Limits and Social Security Figures to Increase

Read about the 2020 limits for retirement plans.

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December 5, 2019

Guidance on Affordable Care Act Reporting for 2019

Read the new guidance on ACA reporting for 2019.

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November 22, 2019

Senators Grassley and Alexander's Proposal on Pension Plan Reform

The multiemployer pension recapitalization and reform plan was released on November 20, 2019.

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November 20, 2019

2020 Premiums and More for Medicare Parts A and B

Read about what's changing and what's not in 2020.

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November 6, 2019

DOL Proposes New Safe Harbor for Electronic Disclosure by Pension Plans

It published the proposed rule on October 23, 2019.

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October 31, 2019

PBGC Proposes Change in Interest Rates

In October 2019 the PBGC issues a proposal that would change interest rates for private sector lump-sum calculations.

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October 17, 2019

DOL Releases Updated Overtime Rule

On September 24, 2019, the DOL announced a final rule governing the salary threshold for overtime exemptions on certain employees.

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September 26, 2019

New guidance on enforcement of the MHPAEA

These FAQS on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act make final those issues in 2018.

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August 27, 2019

Guidance on Coupons and Out-of-Pocket Limits for Nongrandfathered Plans

The guidance was issued on August 26, 2019.

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August 1, 2019

Federal Agencies Announce Action Plan on Importation of Prescription Drugs

HHS and the FDA outlined the steps they'll take on prescription drug importation.

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July 30, 2019

Multiemployer Pension Loan Assistance Legislation Passes House

The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 was passed on July 24, 2019.

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July 29, 2019

HSA-Qualified HDHPs May Now Cover Preventive Care Services

The Treasury Department and the IRS have expanded the list of preventive care benefits from HSAs and HDHPs.

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July 18, 2019

Bill to Repeal the ACA’s Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans Passes House

The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 17, 2019.

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June 14, 2019

Departments Release Final Rule Expanding Permitted HRAs

On June 13, 2019 there was a new rule expanding the use of HRAs.

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May 24, 2019

Medicare Part D Drug Benefit Program Changes for 2020

The Medicare Part D standard benefit design parameters will be higher in 2020.

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May 24, 2019

House Passes Pension Bill; Senate Action Delayed Read

The House passed the bill on May 23, 2019.

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May 20, 2019

House Passes Bill to Strengthen ACA and Get Generics to Market Sooner

It passed the package of seven different bills on May 16, 2019.

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May 10, 2019

President Trump Gives Boost to Effort to Address Surprise Medical Bills

Trump called on Congress to take action on May 9, 2019.

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May 8, 2019

Penalties for Violating HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Will Be Reduced

Most but not all penalties will be reduced, according to a recent notice.

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May 7, 2019

IRS Expands Determination Letter Program and Simplifies Certain Plan Corrections

The IRS made the announcement on May 2, 2019.

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May 2, 2019

PBGC Streamlines Duties of Sponsors of Terminated and/or Insolvent Multiemployer Plans

On May 2, 2019 the PBGC published a final regulation intended to simplify some reporting and disclosure obligations.

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March 29, 2019

Congress’s and the Trump Administration's Latest Actions Concerning the ACA

Recent activity in Washington underscores extreme differences of opinion about the future of the ACA.

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March 26, 2019

IRS Reminds Plans of Deadline for Electronic Filing Changes

The deadline is April 1, 2019.

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March 26, 2019

IRS Notice Removes Barrier to Considering Retiree Lump-Sum Windows

IRS no longer intends to issue regulations prohibiting defined benefit pension plans from retiree lump-sum windows

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March 21, 2019

DOL Proposes Updated Rule on Overtime

The rule would modify overtime rules published in 2016, which were later declared invalid by a district court.

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March 19, 2019

401(k)-Based Student Loan Repayment Program: New IRS Ruling

Read more about this new IRS Private Letter Ruling

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March 12, 2019

First Mortality Tables for Public Sector Retirement Plans Published

The tables are the first mortality study based exclusively on public sector plans.

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February 25, 2019

Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans

Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans

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February 25, 2019

Departments Seek Ways to Help Health Plan Sponsors Preserve

On February 25, 2019 several government departments published a request for information about grandfathered status under the ACA.

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February 6, 2019

HHS Proposes Rx Rebate Replacement: Point-of-Sale Discounts

The proposal would affect Medicare Part D and Medicaid managed care organizations.

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