Benefits Buzz – March 2020

Topics Include:
• Supreme Court Decline to Expedite ACA Case
• HHS Increases Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations

Maintenance Spring Cleaning for Homeowners

Though the weather may not always cooperate, the First Day of Spring will arrive in just a few short weeks. When the milder weather begins to take over, many people dive into spring cleaning mode and get their house decluttered and dust-free. But Spring is also the perfect time to take care of your home maintenance spring cleaning.

HR Brief – March 2020

Topics Include:
• DOL Adopts New Joint Employer Determination Test
• DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

OSHA to Focus on Major Construction Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the goal of ensuring safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing safety standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance centered around those safety standards. 

Compliance Bulletin: Medicare Part D Disclosures Due by Feb. 29th for Calendar Year Plans

Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable. The plan sponsor must complete the online disclosure within 60 days after the beginning of the plan year. Since 2020 is a leap year, the deadline is Feb. 29, 2020.

Compliance Bulletin: DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

On Jan. 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including the FLSA, ERISA, FMLA, and the OSH Act.

ACA Compliance Bulletin: PCORI Fees Reinstated Through 2029

A federal spending bill enacted at the end of 2019 included several provisions affecting benefit plans. The bill repealed three major taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the Cadillac tax, the medical devices excise tax and the health insurance providers fee. The law also extended the PCORI fees for an additional 10 years. These fees will continue to apply for the 2020-2029 fiscal years.

Legal Update: Employers Must Begin Using New Form I-9 by May 1st

On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. The previous version of this form expired Aug. 31, 2019, but USCIS advised employers to continue using the expired form until a new form was made available.