Posts Categorized: Welfare Benefits

President Trump Administration Freezes New Regulations

in Fiduciary Issues, Health Benefits, Welfare Benefits

Soon after Donald Trump officially became the forty-fifth president of the United States, Reince Priebus, the President’s Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum freezing all pending regulations.  This memorandum is similar to the memorandums issued at the beginning of prior administrations.  In general, and subject to certain exceptions, the memorandum provides the following – Agencies shall send no new regulations to be published in the Federal Register until an appropriate individual appointed or designated by the President reviews such regulation. With respect to regulations that have been sent to the Federal Register but not yet published, agencies must immediately withdraw… Continue Reading

DOL Issues New Sick Leave Rules for Federal Contractors

in Wages, Welfare Benefits

On September 30, 2016, the United States Department of Labor, implementing Executive Order 13706, published its final rule establishing paid sick leave requirements for certain federal contractors. The final rule will apply to all employers with covered federal contracts that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2017, that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2017, or that are renewed, extended, or amended on or after January 1, 2017 as a result of bilateral negotiation.  Click here to read the full alert.

California Prohibits Employers from Requiring Out-of-State Litigation and Arbitration

in Employment Laws, Welfare Benefits

On September 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a new state statute that, in most instances, prohibits agreements requiring California-based employees to litigate or arbitrate their California-based employment-related claims in other states. The new statute, which will apply to contracts entered into, modified, or extended on or after January 1, 2017, applies generally to agreements with employees who primarily reside or work in California.  Please see our Legal Alert for more details.

Largest Health and Human Services HIPAA Settlement Wake-Up Call for Covered Entities

in Welfare Benefits

Breaking News: Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced the largest settlement in history involving a single entity responsible for several potential HIPAA violations.  If you are interested in learning more about this settlement, please click here and read this legal alert.

Significantly More Information to Be Collected Under the Proposed Form 5500

in Welfare Benefits

Extensive changes to the annual information return for employee benefit plans are being proposed and can be found here.  If adopted, the changes would be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.  The revisions affecting pension plans, and details regarding changes to Schedules H and I that affect funded plans (such as those with VEBAs), are not addressed here.  With respect to group health plans, the main changes would include: Eliminating the exemption for unfunded welfare plans with under 100 participants Small fully-insured plans would have to file a return, but would be exempt from many… Continue Reading