EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination is discrimination because an individual is, or the individual’s ancestors are, from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group, including Native American tribes.

Flow Chart of Key Wellness Program Regulations

UBA has created a flow chart with decision trees to help employers ascertain which rules apply to their wellness program as a result of its design.

What Employers Need to Know about the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match Program

The program enables the IRS, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to share information about whether Medicare beneficiaries or their spouses are working.

Overtime Exemption Rules Arrive

After a long wait, the Department of Labor has released the revisions to the white collar overtime exemption rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016.

Same-Sex Marriages and Group Health Benefits

From 2013 to 2015, a series of Supreme Court cases and government updates have changed the landscape of the way employers must consider same-sex spouses in relation to employee benefits.

What Plan Sponsors of Group Plans Need To Know About ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed in 1974. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the agency responsible for administering and enforcing this law. For many years, most of ERISA’s requirements applied to pension plans.

Employer Payment Plans

The regulatory agencies have recently issued guidance that may affect employers that have been reimbursing premiums for individual health coverage or Medicare Part B, Part D or Medigap premiums for active employees.

Employer FAQs: Responding to the Anthem Breach

The first massive data breach of 2015 hit one of the country’s largest insurance issuers, Anthem, Inc., including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and other related entities (Anthem).

Same-Sex Marriages and Group Health Benefits

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review seven cases in which the lower appeals court had ruled that a state law or constitutional provision that prohibited same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Delivering Participant Materials

The Department of Labor (DOL) requires that participant notices and other plan information ("disclosures") be provided in a way that is reasonably calculated to ensure delivery to all plan participants. The Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) typically follows the DOL’s rules. There are two primary ways to deliver plan information — by paper and electronically.

Remember ERISA Basics: SPD and Eligibility

With all of the recent changes flowing from PPACA, it is important not to forget some very basic and long-standing aspects of plan compliance, design, drafting and administration, particularly those rooted in significant part in a law enacted 40 years ago, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, also known as “ERISA.”

New Model COBRA Notices Should Be Used By Employers

The Department of Labor has published a new model COBRA general notice and a new model COBRA election notice. The new model notices reflect that coverage is available in the public health insurance exchanges, i.e., the “Marketplace,” and include information on special enrollment rights in the Marketplace.