Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

The amended ordinance adds leave for the closure of employee’s place of employment for public health reasons, and requires an employer to provide every new employee with a copy of the policy.
The Health Care Security Ordinance (“HCSO”) applies tobusinesses with 20+ employees and to nonprofits 50+ employees.
An increased de minimis failures threshold, extended safeharbor sunset, and a new anonymous, no-fee, pre-submission conference processare among the changes in the latest Revenue Procedure.
September 08, 2021Transparency
The tri-agencies have issued FAQ guidance that effectivelydelays compliance of some transparency rules and requests “good faith”compliance with others.
September 08, 2021Medicare Part D Notice
Plan sponsors must provide the annual Creditable (or Non-creditable) Coverage Disclosure Notice to all Medicare-eligible individuals by October 15. 
Can employers require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine? 
Massachusetts has issued the State’s minimum creditablecoverage (MCC) cost of living adjustments for the 2022 tax year. 
The state will establish a family and medical leaveinsurance (FMLI) wage replacement benefits program available to stateemployees.  Individuals and non-state public and private employers with50+ employees can opt into the program.
The ordinance includes leave for mental healthcare, substance abuse disorder treatment, and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. 
Effective for plan years beginning on or after June 30, 2020 –or after January 1, 2021 for calendar year plans. Coverage includes medication, counseling, and a series of baseline monitoring lab services.
Individuals unable to afford employer-sponsored group healthcoverage premiums may be eligible to receive premium assistance from a state’sMedicaid agency or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The Treasury Department and IRS have issued proposed regulations significantly reducing the threshold number of returns requiring electronic filing. This includes Forms W-2 and 1095-C. 
As per the updated FAQs, employees can use the paid sick leave or paid family leave to accompany a household member to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or to care for a household member after the vaccination.
The IRS has issued new guidance regarding the temporaryCOBRA premium subsidy enacted in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 
The Secretary of Health and Human Services has renewed thedetermination that the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency. Thedetermination lasts 90 days, to October 18, 2021.