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March 9, 2009
Qualified Transportation Subsidy
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) includes a temporary expansion of the mass transit and van pooling monthly limits for qualified transportation.
February 2, 2009
New Medicare Part-D Notices – Again?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is at it again.
Massachusetts Fair Share Filing - Streamlined
Fair Share Contribution Filing Requirement
Supreme Court Says “Yes” To Beneficiary Designation Reliance
The United States Supreme Court has simplified the lives of ERISA plan administrators by giving credence to proper plan administration.
Investment Advice, Regulations – Final?
On January 21, final participant investment advice regulations were published in the Federal Register. They are substantially similar to the proposed regulations issued in August (see Benefit Beat, 9/4/2008 – “Proposed Rules: Investment Advice Exemption for 401(K) Plans and IRAS”). These regulations are to take effect March 23, 2009; however, whether this will actually happen is an open question.
COBRA is playing a key role in the economic stimulus proposals being contemplated by Congress.
January 13, 2009
DOL Issues Final Civil Penalty Rules
EBSA has issued final regulations relating to procedures for assessing civil monetary penalties, in accordance with ERISA Section 502(c)(4), for certain notice failures. In summary, the Pension Protection Act of 2006, imposes several new notice requirements on qualified plan officials. The recently issued regulations clarify the process that the DOL can use to assess civil penalties for these violations.
San Francisco: 2009 Health Care Expenditure Rates
Covered employers who are subject to the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, are required to make health care expenditures (HCE) to, or on behalf of, their covered employees. The calculation method for these expenditures is set forth in accordance with the Ordinance, and are adjusted annually. Below are expenditure rates beginning January 1, 2009:
New FMLA Forms Posted on DOL’s Website
As a follow-up to last month’sBenefit Beat article summarizing the final FMLA rules, the DOL has posted the various new model FMLA forms on its website:
Massachusetts: 2009 Employee HIRD Forms
The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP) has released the 2009 Employee HIRD Form. Each employee must sign an Employee HIRD form if he/she: