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Karen McLeese

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Paid Sick Leave Updates in San Antonio and Duluth

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Paid Sick Leave Updates in San Antonio and Duluth

Practically on the eve of its effective date, the San Antonio paid sick and safe leave ordinance has been stayed by court order.  And, the City of Duluth released final rules and updated FAQs to assist employers with their compliance of the law, which takes effect January 1, 2020. 

Nevada’s “Leave for Any Purpose” Law Clarified

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Nevada’s “Leave for Any Purpose” Law Clarified

The Nevada Labor Commissioner issued an advisory opinion together with FAQs to clarify certain aspects of the state’s recently enacted “leave for any purpose” law, which takes effect January 1, 2020.  Of particular note, this guidance addresses how to determine employer size and the requirement to include information about the leave benefit in the employer’s workplace policies.

HHS Increases Penalties for Compliance Failures

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

HHS Increases Penalties for Compliance Failures

Employee benefit plans are subject to oversight by several government regulatory agencies including HHS, DOL and IRS.  These agencies may adjust certain monetary civil penalties for compliance failures.  To this end, HHS recently made adjustments in civil penalties for violations of the HIPAA privacy, security and breach rules, the failure to provide the SBC to plan participants, as well as violations relating to the Medicare secondary payor rules. 

Informational Form 5500 Issued for 2019 Plan Reporting

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Informational Form 5500 Issued for 2019 Plan Reporting

The governing agencies released advanced informational versions of the 2019 Form 5500 series.  Plan administrators of both welfare benefit and pension plans subject to ERISA, with certain exceptions, are required to file a Form 5500 return/report with the DOL on an annual basis.

2020 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

2020 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

The 2020 premiums and deductibles for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs have been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

2020 Pension and Retirement Plan Limits

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

2020 Pension and Retirement Plan Limits

The 2020 cost of living adjustments applicable to defined benefit and defined contribution plans have been released by the IRS.  Notably, the majority of all limits have increased from last year.

2020 Benefit Plan Limits

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

2020 Benefit Plan Limits

The IRS released several 2020 cost of living adjustments for various aspects of benefits including the flexible medical spending account cap, transportation and adoption assistance benefits, Archer MSA limits, long term care premium, the small business tax credit and small employer health reimbursement arrangements, the premium tax credit for coverage under a qualified health plan, plus announced an increase in certain reporting and disclosure penalties.

San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Amended

November 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Amended

The City of San Antonio enacted a paid sick leave ordinance last August, which was subsequently challenged by a group of businesses.  A compromise between the City and the business group resulted in a court ordered implementation delay of the ordinance.  The City Council then made further amendments to the ordinance, now known as the Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance.

HPID Rules Rescinded

November 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

HPID Rules Rescinded

After several years of regulatory kerfuffle, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services formally rescinded the regulatory requirement for health plans to obtain and use a health plan identifier.

2020 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment

November 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

2020 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment

Though the annual cost of living adjustments applicable to certain welfare and retirement benefit plans, as well as Medicare plans, have yet to be released, the Social Security Administration announced its cost of living adjustments for 2020. 

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