The DOL recently proposed changes to the model forms that many employers use to administer FMLA leaves. According to the DOL, these changes would increase compliance with the FMLA because they would make the forms easier to use. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes these proposed changes.
Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods. This Compliance Overview includes a chart that summarizes the benefit notices that employers should provide in connection with their 2020 open enrollment periods.
The DOL recently issued an opinion letter clarifying that an employee’s need to attend school meetings addressing the educational and special needs of her children is a qualifying reason for taking FMLA leave. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the DOL's interpretation of the FMLA.
Employers with employee benefit plans that operate on a calendar year basis must file their Forms 5500 with the DOL by July 31. An employer may extend this deadline by two and one-half months (until Oct. 15) by filing IRS Form 5558. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the Form 5500 filing requirement and highlights the deadlines for calendar year plans.
On May 13, 2019, Washington State enacted a new law that requires certain employers to train their employees on how to prevent sexual assault and harassment. The law also requires employers to adopt a workplace policy and provide resources and panic buttons to certain isolated employees. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the new law.
On Jan. 23, 2019, the DOL issued a final rule that increases the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under various federal laws for 2019. The increased amounts apply to civil penalties that are assessed after Jan. 23, 2019. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the new penalty amounts.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Washington employees will be eligible for paid family and medical leave benefits. Payroll deductions to fund the paid family and medical leave program will begin Jan. 1, 2019. Employer reporting will also begin in 2019. This Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the law's benefits and requirements.
This Compliance Overview provides a general summary of federal and state marijuana laws and the court decisions that provide guidance for employers in this area.
If certain requirements are met, Notice 2018-88 proposes that offering an individual coverage HRA would generally:
The IRS began issuing Letter 226-J to ALEs in late 2018 to propose and assess employer shared responsibility penalty liability for the 2016 calendar year.
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