• IRS announces cost of living adjustments for qualified retirement plans

    October 31, 2014

    The IRS last week announced new adjustments for retirement plans, including for 401(k) deferrals, contributions and benefits, and the amount of compensation counted for plan purposes beginning in 2015. Here’s what you and your employer clients need to know.

  • 5 ACA issues employers should be following

    October 29, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of what’s happening with the ever-changing health care reform law. Here are five ACA issues the national law firm Epstein Becker Green says employers need to be following.

  • Understanding the national implications of CA's controversial Prop 45

    October 27, 2014

    A controversial ballot measure in California is getting national attention from the benefits industry. Here’s what it is and why it matters.

  • Health care data breaches impact employers, benefits security

    October 14, 2014

    Given the past high-profile data security breaches at large retailers Target and Home Depot, legal officials maintain there may be more at stake for employers and benefit managers when lapses occur in health care provider systems.

  • Why benefit administration systems are crucial for ACA compliance

    September 29, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility reporting requirements for 2015 quickly approaching, benefit advisers should already be working with employer clients to implement benefit administration systems to ensure compliance with the law, industry experts say.

  • Employers face crackdown over worker misclassification

    September 29, 2014

    Since the onset of the recession, there has been a surge in worker misclassification litigation and enforcement against employers that are trying to effectively manage their finances, but are incorrectly classifying their workforces.

  • 8 major takeaways from ERISA litigation in 2014

    September 25, 2014

    This has been a busy year in the courts, with litigation challenging a variety of issues in the employee benefits arena. Here are the eight major takeaways from 2014 litigation and impending cases with key lessons for fiduciaries, employers and benefit advisers and brokers from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a full-service international law firm.

  • Time to review benefit denial letters

    September 16, 2014

    The Sixth Circuit’s ruling in Moyer makes clear that administrators of ERISA-governed plans with contractual time limits on when a participant must initiate judicial review of a denial of benefits should err on the side of caution.

  • 3 steps to take when reviewing fee disclosures

    September 9, 2014

    Commentary: Open enrollment time means employer clients will be reviewing fee disclosures. Columnist John Ludwig discusses several steps plan sponsors should take when reviewing the disclosures for accuracy and to determine if fees are fair and reasonable.

  • 11 ERISA milestones

    September 2, 2014

    Happy birthday ERISA! The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 turns 40 on September 2. Here’s a look at 11 important milestones, modifications and case law in the legislation’s 40-year history.

  • Illinois aims to end workplace discrimination against pregnant workers

    August 29, 2014

    Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law that is intended to prevent workplace discrimination against pregnant women by offering guidance on reasonable accommodation measures that all employers in the state are expected to follow.

  • Employer sued over wellness program

    August 28, 2014

    The case, EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, serves as a reminder for advisers and their employer clients, when putting together a wellness plan, to pay careful attention to how the EEOC defines liability.

  • The trouble with granting employees health plan exceptions

    August 22, 2014

    Although your employer clients may consider granting employee requests for exceptions to health plan rules or limits, doing so could cause trouble down the road. Advising them to consider a plan amendment may be a better choice.

  • Brokers question value of SHOP training and marketing

    August 20, 2014

    Enrollment on the SHOP exchanges remains stagnant, a concern benefit advisers attribute to inadequate marketing practices. Brokers also remain concerned about the poor quality of training for those assisting employers with enrollment.

  • IRS publishes guide to health coverage exemptions

    August 20, 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new one-page publication with information about exemptions to the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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