Association Health Plans on the Brink of Extinction

A George W. Bush-appointed federal judge seems poised to put the kibosh on the Trump administration’s initiative to widen the use of association health plans (AHPs) by allowing for multi-state and multi-employer AHPs, something not allowed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). This past week in Washington, D.C., U.S. District John Bates heard […]

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Dave & Buster’s Busted for Violating Employees’ ERISA Rights

The Dave & Buster’s restaurant-entertainment chain is on the hook for a $7.425 settlement after slashing employees’ hours to avoid providing them with health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision requires businesses with 100 or more employees to provide health insurance for all full-time […]

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DOL Launches Benefits Compliance Tools

Join thousands of other Personnel Concepts customers in gaining access to our Digital Workplace Compliance Library (DWCL), which contains manuals and guides for virtually every compliance challenge facing businesses in the U.S. — WATCH THE VIDEO The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has developed compliance assistance resources to help […]

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New York Leads Attorney General Coalition Fighting AHPs

Twelve “blue state” attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, are taking the Trump administration to court over its final rule allowing the creation of newly invigorated Association Health Plans (AHPs). The coalition is targeting a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), which loosens and expands the definition of […]

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EBSA Increases Retirement Fund Recovery on Fewer Cases

The Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) in 2017 upped its recovery of missing employee retirement contributions (including fines) to $1.1 billion from $777.5 the year before. At the same time, due in great part to automation, the ERISA-enforcement wing of the Department of Labor (DOL) was able to reach the  higher recovery figure on fewer […]

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New Rule on Disability Benefit Claims Goes into Effect Today

Following a 90-day delay to solicit comments, today (April 1, 2018) is the applicability date for employee benefit plans to comply with a final rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that will give America’s workers new procedural protections when dealing with plan fiduciaries and insurance providers who deny their claims for disability […]

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DOL Delays Compliance Deadline for ERISA Disability Benefits Procedure

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 90-day delay – through April 1, 2018 – of the applicability date for ERISA plans to comply with a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to disability benefits. The three-month delay of the applicability date announced Nov. 24 is intended to give interested stakeholders the […]

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