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DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

On January 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and The Occupational Safety and […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Webinar | Department of Labor Audits: How to Prepare and What to Expect – Your Survival Guide

The DOL (U.S. Department of Labor) audits of welfare benefit plans are happening with greater frequency for companies of all sizes. Are you ready to spend months preparing to comply with and survive the audit? Did you know the following can be the basis for a DOL Audit: Complaints by welfare benefit plan participants to […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Webinar | 2019 Mid-Year Review – Your Compliance Checkup!

Join us for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, complimentary, one-hour webinar as our General Counsel and VP of Compliance, Patrick Haynes, reviews the first-half of 2019 and provides a compliance checkup that you won’t want to miss. Patrick will cover: Changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ERISA/Section 125 Best Practices Federal Government’s Approach to […]

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Judge Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rule

By now you have probably seen or heard the news that the new rules governing association health plans (AHPs) have been struck down. Although true, this is not yet in effect. The judge in this case has remanded the final rule back to the DOL to consider whether two specific provisions of the rule can […]

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FMLA Effects on Other Laws

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has many effects on laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ comp, and other state laws that apply specifically to medical or disability leaves. FMLA may also intersect with employer sponsored leaves and policies such as short or long term disability. When FMLA overlaps with […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-approved AP Benefit Advisors Webinar | Voluntary Benefits: Tackling 2017’s Top Tax & Compliance Issues

Partly because of the ACA, the discussions surrounding voluntary benefits and the implementation of them have become much more closely tied to the underlying group medical plans. By some estimations, as many as 80% of voluntary benefits programs may be out of compliance in some way. Join AP Benefit Advisors’ Director of Voluntary Benefits, Stephen […]

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The Burdens of Compliance

Due to the fact that health and welfare have become ever-present, employees now expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance when they are hired as part of their benefits package. Employers offer this coverage to attract and reward employees and to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are burdens of compliance, which […]

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Eighth Circuit Reinforces That Plan’s Deadline for Filing Suit Controls

from EBIA More than two years after receiving a final benefit denial, a participant sued her self-insured multiemployer ERISA health plan. The Eighth Circuit, upholding the trial court, ruled that the lawsuit was time barred because it was not brought within the two-year period required by the plan—rejecting application of a state law providing a […]

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Court Rules Premium Increase Is Loss of Coverage for COBRA Purposes

From EBIA A federal trial court has ruled that a premium increase may be considered a loss of coverage for purposes of determining whether an employee has experienced a COBRA qualifying event. The case was brought by two employees who were suspended without pay and subsequently terminated. For both, coverage under their employer’s health plan […]

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