The HIPAA Police Are Here

Recent activity by regulators suggests a trend toward stricter HIPAA enforcement.

Oct. Webinar: Retirement Plan Fee Disclosures

So you’ve sent out the new notices and disclosures for retirement plan fees. Now what?

In Brief: HSAs, Wage Fights

A roundup of some top benefit trends for this week.

Year-End Amendment Deadline Under Code Section 409A

In the last two years, the IRS has issued several pieces of guidance regarding the correction of deferred compensation arrangements that violate the requirements of Code Section 409A.

Guidance on "Full-Time" Employees, 90-Day Waiting Period

Starting in 2014, larger employers (generally, those with 50 or more employees) may face "shared responsibility" penalties if any of their "full-time" employees receive subsidized health coverage through an "Affordable Insurance Exchange."

UBA Survey: Rate of CDHPs Drops

The 2012 UBA Health Plan Survey – the nation’s largest – reveals a shift in consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs).

In Brief: Generic Prescription Drugs Net Big Savings

A brief summary of some of the top employee benefit trends.

Grandfathered Status for 2013

"Grandfathered" health plans that have not undergone significant changes since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted in March 2010 will once again have to assess whether the plan can and/or should try to retain such status for 2013.

Employers Backtrack on Background Checks

New regulations on criminal background checks are raising questions among employers about the balance between a safe workplace and following the rules.

MAP-21: Pension Funding Relief — and Much More

In this case, sponsors of defined benefit pension plans received the funding relief they had sought, but only because the added tax revenues will help pay for transportation projects and prevent student-loan interest rates from doubling.