Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

The NY State Legislature is considering passage of a billthat would require employers to automatically enroll covered employees in anautomatic IRA.
Los Angeles County Board has enacted an ordinance,retroactive to January 1, 2021 in effect until August 31, 2021, making paidvaccine leave available to employees working in the unincorporated areas of thecounty. 
The Massachusetts state legislature has passed a lawestablishing a COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund to reimburse eligibleemployers for providing employees with COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave.
DOL offers resources to employers, including a webcast andan online self-compliance tool to assess plans under the new mental healthparity comparative analysis requirements.
EEOC has settled a lawsuit it filed against an employer thatdiscriminated against a pregnant employee, in violation Title VII of the CivilRights Act of 1964 as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring allemployees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, butemployers must provide reasonable accommodation for employees unable orunwilling to obtain the vaccine due to disability or religious objections.
The IRS has released Rev. Proc. 2021-25, with inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) and excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangements (EB-HRAs).
Effective April 21, 2021, Chicago employers cannot retaliate against workers getting the COVID-19 vaccine during working hours, or require workers to get the vaccine during non-working hours.   
Beginning July 1, 2022, private employers must provide up to64 hours of paid sick leave to their employees.
Employers and individuals who purchased or were enrolled in a BCBSA insurance or administrative services plan must file a claim form by November 5 to participate in the proposed settlement. 
Individuals may be eligible for State Medicaid or Children’sHealth Insurance Program (CHIP) premium assistance. Employers may face apenalty for failure to provide this annual notice.
The tax credit is a credit against the employer’s share ofthe Medicare tax. Employers can also request an expedited balance refundadvance.
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) hasissued cybersecurity guidelines for fiduciaries of ERISA-subject plans.
A Texas Court ofAppeals has affirmed the temporary injunction of San Antonio’s Sick and SafeLeave ordinance. Similar ordinances in Austin and Dallas are also enjoined.