Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

The Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) formis a state reporting requirement in Massachusetts which collects employer-levelinformation about employer-sponsored insurance offerings.
Individuals employed in the state of New Jersey may beentitled to temporary benefits for a disability caused by non-occupationalsickness or accident, including pregnancy and related medical conditions.
In November 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118,the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. 
December 02, 2022King COBRA Strikes Again
A recent U.S District Court for the Middle District ofAlabama case, Howard v. Ivy Creek of Tallapoosa,LLC, et al., is yetanother reminder of how important it is to have clear and accurate COBRAprocedures that are followed every single time.
The District of Columbia passedan ordinance intended to encourage reduction in single occupancy transportationwith the goal of improving the environment. 
Paid Leave Oregon is funded through employer and employee contributions beginning January 1, 2023.
The Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave webpagehas been updated to reflect that the maximum weekly benefit amount for 2023will be $1,129.82, up from $1,084.31 in 2022.
November 02, 2022New EEOC – New Poster
The U.S. Equal EmploymentOpportunity Commission (EEOC) released the KnowYour Rights poster which updates and replaces theprevious “EEO is the Law” poster.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services has renewed the public health emergency determination due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thedetermination, which became effective on October 13, 2022, lasts 90 days, toJanuary 11, 2023.
The IRS released the 2023 cost of living adjustments (IRS Notice 2022-55)applicable to defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
On October 18, 2022, the IRS released the 2023 inflationary (cost of living) adjustments relating to several types of benefits.  These includeFlexible Spending Account Cap, Carryover, Dependent Care Assistance, QualifiedTransportation Fringe Benefits, Qualified Adoption Assistance ReimbursementProgram, Health Savings Accounts, Archer Medical Savings Accounts, Long TermCare Premiums, and QSEHRA Payments and Reimbursement.

The Social Security Administration announced a8.7% cost of living adjustment for 2023.  The Social Security wage base in2023 will increase to $160,200 from the 2022 wage level of $147,000.
Oregon’s Employment Department(OED) has issued finalrules governing the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program. Contributions to the program begin January 1, 2023, with paid leave benefitsbeginning September 3, 2023.  Below is a brief summary of the final rules.
New York’s state-wide paid familyleave benefit program was fully implemented in 2021.  As a reminder, thepaid family leave law provides paid time off for baby bonding, to care for afamily member, or military exigency
Effective January 1, 2023, theMassachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave contributions rate will decrease to0.63% (0.68% in 2022) of eligible wages, up to the Social Security wage base.