Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave

Beginning January 1, 2020, employees who have worked at least 820 hours in employment in the last four completed calendar quarters will be eligible for between 12 to 18 weeks of leave annually to: Care and bond after a baby’s birth or placement of a child younger than 18 Care for a family member experiencing […]

New Massachusetts Health Insurance Disclosure Form

What is the New Reporting Requirement? Massachusetts has resurrected a version of the Health Insurance Disclosure form (HIRD).  State law requires every employer in Massachusetts who had six or more employees in any month during the past 12 months preceding the November 30 due date of this form (December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018) […]

2019 Updates to Paid Family Leave

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law was passed in 2017 and effective January 1, 2018 with a four-year phase in.  For 2019 New York is making the second-year enhancements and changes as proposed in the law.  See our 2017 Alert which details the proposed phase-in. Employees can take paid family leave to bond with a […]

IRS Releases 2019 Inflation Adjusted Amounts for HSAs

Most people think of spring flowers in the month of May.   If you are in the benefits field, May brings to mind the anticipated release of the annual inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). This is fresh on the heels of the infamous IRS flip-flop reducing the 2018 maximum family contribution by $50 […]

Enrollment in Group Health Plan after COBRA Subsidy Ends

If an employee receives a COBRA subsidy can they defer enrollment? Question:  Our client has a new employee who is currently enrolled in COBRA subsidized by the prior employer.   The employee wants to remain on COBRA until the subsidy ends 12/21, and then enroll in the current employer’s plan.   Can the employee enroll when the […]

July 31 PCORI Filing Deadline is Quickly Approaching

The end of July will be here in a blink of an eye, which means another round of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees will soon be due for employers with a self-insured medical plan. This round of the annual PCORI fee imposed on health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors must be reported and […]