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Karen McLeese

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Westchester County Enacts Safe Time Leave Law

June 6, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Westchester County Enacts Safe Time Leave Law

The County of Westchester, New York enacted the Safe Time Leave Law that requires all employers in Westchester County to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave per year for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking,  beginning October 30, 2019.

Paid State and Local Leave Law Updates in Maine and Texas

June 6, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Paid State and Local Leave Law Updates in Maine and Texas

The state of Maine enacted a law that allows individuals to earn leave for a broad range of uses.  In addition, the earned sick leave ordinances enacted in Dallas and San Antonio are set to take effect on August 1. 

Revised Model Summary Annual Report for Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans

June 6, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Revised Model Summary Annual Report for Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans

Welfare benefit plans and pension benefit plans subject to ERISA that are required to file a Form 5500 must also provide a summary of the Form 5500 filing to plan participants and beneficiaries. The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) recently released revised model SAR documents that can be used by plan sponsors or administrators. 

Forfeiture of Funds in Qualified Transportation Programs

June 6, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Forfeiture of Funds in Qualified Transportation Programs

A recent IRS Chief Counsel Advisory affirms that funds made available through an IRC Section 132(f) qualified transportation fringe benefit program can only be used during employment.  Any remaining funds of a qualified transportation program cannot be used or reimbursed to the participant following termination of his/her employment.

HSA Inflationary Adjustments for 2020

June 6, 2019 By Karen McLeese

HSA Inflationary Adjustments for 2020

The IRS released the 2020 inflationary adjustments relating to health savings accounts.

Local Government Paid Sick Leave Updates – City of Minneapolis, Westchester County, NY and City of Dallas

May 8, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Local Government Paid Sick Leave Updates – City of Minneapolis, Westchester County, NY and City of Dallas

An appeals court decision clarifies the applicability of the paid sick leave ordinance for the City of Minneapolis.  In New York, Westchester County released model notices and guidance applicable to its earned sick leave ordinance.  And finally, the City Council in Dallas enacts a paid sick leave ordinance.

State Family Leave Law Updates: Massachusetts and District of Columbia

May 8, 2019 By Karen McLeese

State Family Leave Law Updates: Massachusetts and District of Columbia

The administrative agency governing the Massachusetts paid family leave program has announced extensions of certain provisions.  And, the District of Columbia’s enforcement agency released guidance in implementing its paid family leave law.

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Adjustments for 2020

May 8, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Adjustments for 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released adjusted parameters for 2020, applicable the standard benefit design, and retiree drug subsidy amounts, under the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program.

Adjusted Penalties for Violations of HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Laws

May 8, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Adjusted Penalties for Violations of HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Laws

Violation of the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules could result in monetary penalties imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

IRS Expands Self-Correction Program

May 8, 2019 By Karen McLeese

IRS Expands Self-Correction Program

Recently, the IRS expanded certain aspects of its Self-Correction Program to resolve loan failures, operational failures, and plan document failures.  

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