Resources for Reopening a Workplace Amid COVID-19

May 20, 2020
With the nation in various stages of reopening from shutdowns related to COVID-19, businesses and other organizations are following procedures to keep their employees and their customers safe. Some are in the planning stages, while those that never closed are operating differently from how they did... Find out more »

Carrier Premium Credits and ERISA Fiduciary Obligations

May 18, 2020
Due to COVID-19 and state and local stay-at-home orders, utilization of group medical and dental insurance benefits is down.  As a result, some carriers recently notified employers that they will be issued premium credits. When asking how these premium credits should be treated by the... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

We are nine weeks into this new mode of work and the pace doesn’t really seem to be slowing at all for most of you.  Each week, the landscape we are living and working in seems to change dramatically, and with that comes new challenges and projects. We seem to be in a constant... Find out more »

IRS Relaxes Election Change, Other Rules for Cafeteria Plans and FSAs

May 13, 2020
As the country continues to feel the impact of the COVID-19 National Emergency declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020, the IRS has provided some much-needed guidance and relief for employees.  On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33, which, among other things,... Find out more »

Employer Insurance Premium Payment Grace Periods & Premiums Returned to Employers Inadvertent ERISA Issues

May 11, 2020
During this pandemic, many employers are having to curtail operations and are going through the difficult process of finding cost-saving measures because of the sudden reduction in revenue caused by the various COVID-19 related state and local government orders. Many carriers are allowing, and... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

We have all felt the mental health impacts from this crisis and so many of you have done an amazing job making this a focus in the programming you are bringing to employees during this time.   A study published this week paints an even bleaker picture than I imagined.  More than 1 in 4... Find out more »

Being Prepared for a HIPAA Audit

May 4, 2020
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) periodically audits covered entities (i.e. health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers) to ensure compliance with HIPAA’s regulations.  HIPAA audit or investigation penalties for noncompliance can amount to millions of dollars... Find out more »

Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

COVID-19 has changed the way that people around the globe live and work. As we begin to shift toward recovery, the needs of employees are also changing rapidly. As your team's needs continue to evolve, wellbeing teams and leadership will be key in helping employees acclimate to a new normal.... Find out more »

Mental Health Tips for the Month of May

May 1, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, especially in these times of self-isolation, it’s a good time to remind your employees of the importance of taking care of their mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), millions of Americans are affected by... Find out more »