DOL Issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Notification Poster

2020-04-09T17:06:28+00:00

The Department of Labor recently published The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) employee’s notification poster. According to the Department of Labor, each covered employer (i.e., employers with fewer than 500 employees) must post the FFCRA Notice Poster in a conspicuous place on its premises. Covered employers may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing [...]

DOL Issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Notification Poster2020-04-09T17:06:28+00:00

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff

2020-04-09T17:06:17+00:00

In light of the nation's response to COVID-19 and the resultant economic downturn, employers of all sizes face a dilemma of evaluating employee head counts. Many employers are considering furloughs or temporary layoffs to reduce immediate payroll, hoping the downturn lasts for a period of a few weeks instead of months. Below is a list [...]

DG Compliance Update: Handling Benefits During a Furlough or Temporary Layoff2020-04-09T17:06:17+00:00

Congress Passes “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act” – What Plan Sponsors Need to Know

2020-04-09T17:06:36+00:00

On March 19th, President Trump signed into law The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is a significant piece of legislation designed to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides new employee leave benefits, including paid sick time options and mandated insurance coverage for the COVID-testing. Mandated Coverage for COVID-19 Testing: Group [...]

Congress Passes “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act” – What Plan Sponsors Need to Know2020-04-09T17:06:36+00:00

PCOR Fee Reauthorization and Diversified Group’s Reporting Services

2020-03-05T15:09:01+00:00

The ACA’s PCOR fee had expired with the 2019 plan year, although non-calendar year plans were still required to remit their fees on July 31, 2020. However, as part of the year end budget/spending bill, Congress authorized an extension of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee (PCOR) for another ten years through 2029. The ACA [...]

PCOR Fee Reauthorization and Diversified Group’s Reporting Services2020-03-05T15:09:01+00:00

MA Paid Family Medical Leave Payroll Deductions to Begin October 1st

2019-10-02T18:58:36+00:00

MA PFML is a statewide program that gives eligible employees paid time off for family and medical leave beginning January 1, 2021. PFML will provide employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and 20 weeks of paid medical leave or up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who [...]

MA Paid Family Medical Leave Payroll Deductions to Begin October 1st2019-10-02T18:58:36+00:00

Get Eligibility Right the First Time or Pay for It Later

2019-08-02T08:00:18+00:00

Missing, incorrect, or late information regarding eligibility can lead to mistaken interpretation of coverage, no coverage/denied claims, or incorrect participant information. These can all lead to overbilling, underbilling, and claim payment errors. Additionally, eligibility errors can “over-obligate” the plan by allowing an invalid member to linger on the plan, for example: enrolling in COBRA for [...]

Get Eligibility Right the First Time or Pay for It Later2019-08-02T08:00:18+00:00

MA Paid Family and Medical Leave – Delay of Payroll Tax Deduction

2019-10-02T19:04:57+00:00

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (effective in 2021) requires employers to start making financial contributions to support the paid leave program starting on July 1, 2019. The law allows employers to deduct a part of the required contribution from each employee’s wages (along with an employer contribution*) to fund the program. The initial contributions [...]

MA Paid Family and Medical Leave – Delay of Payroll Tax Deduction2019-10-02T19:04:57+00:00

2019 PCOR Fee Increase

2019-10-02T19:01:57+00:00

For 2019, the annual fee to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), paid by employers that sponsor self-insured health plans and by commercial group health insurance providers, will go up by about .06 cents per employee or dependent enrolled in the health plan. The fees are due by July 31. The chart below [...]

2019 PCOR Fee Increase2019-10-02T19:01:57+00:00

Updated Draft Regulations for MA Paid Family and Medical Leave

2019-05-07T11:05:26+00:00

The newly created Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released updated draft regulations on March 29th for the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law. The Department will hold several listening sessions in May throughout the state before issuing final regulations sometime before July, 2019. Below is an outline of the draft regulations with pertinent [...]

Updated Draft Regulations for MA Paid Family and Medical Leave2019-05-07T11:05:26+00:00

IRS Publishes PCOR Fees through September 2019

2019-01-18T10:32:44+00:00

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee on issuers of health insurance policies and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans that helps to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The institute assists, through research, patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy-makers, in making informed [...]

IRS Publishes PCOR Fees through September 20192019-01-18T10:32:44+00:00