Benefits Administration

Compliance Update: 5 Most Important Steps for Employers Doing Their 2023 ACA Compliance Planning

2022-09-20T17:19:03-04:00September 20th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance|

Applicable large employers must adhere to many Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules to maintain compliance regarding group health plan offerings. We offer the following checklist of the five most helpful reminders you should take into account as you plan [...]

Human Resources Alert: Connecticut Expands Antidiscrimination Protections

2022-09-16T14:07:17-04:00September 15th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News, Legislative News|

Connecticut has amended its human rights law to broaden coverage to all employers—regardless of their employee count—and to add domestic violence protections. The changes take effect on October 1, 2022. Antidiscrimination Protections The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), [...]

Human Resources: What is Discrimination?

2022-09-16T14:13:43-04:00September 1st, 2022|Benefits Administration, Human Resources|

A hiring manager, eager to fill an exciting new role in the company, reacquaints himself with a candidate’s resume as that candidate takes a seat across from him. Looking up, the hiring manager jolts involuntarily, surprised to see a [...]

Connecticut Adds CT FMLA Notice Requirements

2022-08-17T12:07:21-04:00August 17th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News|

Connecticut has adopted new family and medical leave (CT FMLA) regulations. While the updated regulations primarily incorporate the changes to the law that took effect on January 1, 2022, they also create new notice requirements, described below. According to [...]

Agencies Issue Report on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

2022-08-17T11:37:40-04:00August 4th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Wellness|

The DOL, HHS, and IRS issued a report to Congress on the failure by group health plans to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The report is required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which [...]

Reminder: PCORI Fee Is Due Aug. 1 for Self-Insured Health Plans

2022-07-19T15:19:31-04:00July 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

At the end of last year, the IRS raised the fee that insurers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The new fee is $2.79 per covered [...]

Employee Benefits: Building a Benefits Communications Strategy That Encourages Employee Engagement

2022-08-17T11:23:08-04:00July 18th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Human Resources|

Seventy-seven percent of employees who ranked their benefits education experience as “fair or poor” also rated their employer as “fair or poor,” according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Benefits satisfaction is critical to attract [...]

How Paid Family Leave and Related Programs Can Help Your Business

2022-06-15T21:44:25-04:00June 1st, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Human Resources|

Employment benefits that improve quality of life, increase flexibility, and enable people to attend to their personal needs rank high among both employees and job-seekers. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while 79 percent of employees have [...]

Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

2022-04-20T13:17:54-04:00April 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News|

For months, employers have been eagerly awaiting updated regulations that address the revisions to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. At last, on March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor released its final proposed amended FMLA regulations, answering questions [...]