Legal Update: U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to the ACA

On March 2, 2020, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case involved is Texas v. Azar, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate.

Legal Update: NLRB Issues New Joint-Employer Final Rule

On Feb. 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a new joint-employer final rule, which  becomes effective Apr. 27, 2020 and applies to labor issues related to the National Labor Relations Act. 

Legal Update: Two New Model COBRA Notices Available from the DOL

The Department of Labor (DOL), through its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023. 

To administer coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), employers and plan administrators are required to provide specific notices and disclosures to covered individuals and qualified beneficiaries.

Legal Update: DOL Releases New Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL), through its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Jan. 31, 2020. 

As a reminder, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) imposes an annual notice requirement on employers that maintain group health plans in states that provide premium assistance subsidies under a Medicaid plan or a Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).

Legal Update: IRS Allows HDHPs to Cover Coronavirus Costs

On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment before plan deductibles have been met, without jeopardizing their status. According to the IRS, this also means that individuals with HDHPs that cover these costs may continue to contribute to their health savings accounts (HSAs). 

HR Compliance Bulletin: Coronavirus and the Workplace – Compliance Issues for Employers

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers.

Live Well, Work Well – March 2020

Topics Include:
• Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
• 5 Sleep Habits You Need to Adopt
• Get a Good Night’s Sleep With Food
• Experts Are Warning of Another Bad Flu Season
• Recipe: Baked Lentils Casserole

Focusing on Nutrition

National Nutrition Month® was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an annual campaign to use the month of March as a time to reflect upon the importance of healthy food choices, eating habits, and physical activity habits. By intentionally examining our food choices and eating habits and replacing the unhealthy ones with healthier ones we can create new habits.