Employer News

DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices and FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released updated COBRA model notices and FAQs providing general information on the updated model notices. The FAQs

Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews

When quarantine officially came into effect, thousands of businesses with no remote work policy in place scrambled to piece together teleworking proce

IRS Issues Notice 2020-29

The IRS issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria

How to Manage On-Site Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As we continue to self-isolate, executives and team leaders across the country are grappling with the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the toll it@s t

Can Companies Require Their Employees to Pass a COVID-19 Test Before Returning to Work?

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for

Recalibrating Your Work-Life Balance

One of most indicative signs of a healthy lifestyle is a measured work-life balance. In fact, many candidates cite work-life balance as a deciding fac

Tips for Effectively Leading During a Crisis

The coronavirus crisis is, in a word, unprecedented. Business executives and department heads find themselves facing challenges that even a few months

New Policies for Returning to Work Post-COVID-19

As more states either re-open entirely or unveil multi-step plans to return to normalcy in the coming months, some businesses will have the opportunit

What Employers Need to Know about the New Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. P.T.This webinar will provide an overview of the new final rules on health reimbursement arrangeme


Compliance News

DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices and FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released updated COBRA model notices and FAQs providing general information on the updated model notices. The FAQs

IRS Issues Notice 2020-29

The IRS issued IRS Notice 2020-29 (Notice) that provides increased flexibility for making mid-year elections or changes under a Section 125 cafeteria

Can Companies Require Their Employees to Pass a COVID-19 Test Before Returning to Work?

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for

IRS Releases an Opinion Letter on the Collection of Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an opinion letter addressing whether the employer shared responsibility penalties (ESRPs) under the Patien

CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties for Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Failures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule and fact sheet on calculating and imposing civil monetary penalties (CMP

CMS Releases Updated Premium Assistance under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Model Notice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children@s Health Insurance Program

IRS Releases Final ACA Reporting Instructions and Forms for 2019 and Provides Penalty Relief and Deadline Extension

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the final form

FDA Releases Proposed Rule on the Importation of Certain Drugs from Canada

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule on the importation of certain drugs from Canada.The proposed rule would allow states o

Status Update on Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality

As background, in 2018, 20 states filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas (District Court) to strike down the Pati

President Signs Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Act) to keep the federal government running through Se

HHS Releases Inflation-Adjusted Federal Civil Penalty Amounts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment. Here are some of the adjustments:Me

CMS Releases SBC Materials for Plan Years Beginning 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released SBC materials and supporting documents including a template SBC, sample completed SBC, u


UBA Blog

Recent Timeframes, Cafeteria Plan, and Account-Based Plan Relief for Group Health Plans due to COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14, 2020@ •@ 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PTOn March 13, 2020, President Trump issued the Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergen

Leave Policies and Handling Health Benefits When Employees Return From Leave Due To COVID-19

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PTJoin this webinar for help with best practices for leave policies, handling group health plan benef

What Employers Need to Know about the New Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. P.T.This webinar will provide an overview of the new final rules on health reimbursement arrangeme

What Employers Need to Know about Opt-Out Arrangements

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. P.T.This webinar will provide an overview of opt-out arrangements and spousal waivers by:Describing w

What’s driving claim costs and employer solutions

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. PacificJoin Symetra Life Insurance Company for a Wisdom Workplace webinar hosted by Marien Di

Breaking the Silence to Improve Behavioral Health Conditions

Monday, April 29, 2019 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 12:00 p.m. PacificJobs and their essential functions are typically designed for workers in optimal health,

Practical Tips for Structuring Compliant Wellness Programs that Include Premium Incentives

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. PacificThis webinar will cover how to structure a wellness program that includes premium incenti

What Employers need to Know about Health Coverage in Mergers and Acquisitions

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m PacificWhen employers negotiate a merger or acquisition, it@s important for the buyer and seller

What Employers Need to Know about HIPAA and HITECH

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. P.T.The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), its administrative simplification

What Employers Need to Know about the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules and the CMS Data Match Program

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. PacificMedicare Secondary Payer (MSP) describes the situation when the Medicare program doe

Evolving Workplace Solutions

Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PTFor the first time in history, there are four generations in the workplace at the same time. A