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REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2022

REMINDER:  PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2022Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2022 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered...

Mandatory Arbitration Ban for Sexual-Harassment Claims

Congress has passed a bill that will ban pre-dispute employment arbitration agreements for sexual-harassment and sexual-assault claims. Such arbitration agreements have become quite common. The bill has been sent to the president’s desk for signature. He is expected...

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the interim final rule on emergency temporary standard.  The ETS requires businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate their employees get vaccinated against the...

ARPA Paid Leave and COBRA Tax Credits Ends Today

September 30th marks the end of the ARPA COBRA premium subsidy provisions, which required employers to provide "assistance eligible individuals" (AEIs) with a 100% subsidy for premiums otherwise owed for COBRA coverage. Employers are reimbursed for the...

IRS Issues Affordability Percentage Adjustment for 2022

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Rev. Proc. 2021-36, which contains the inflation adjusted amounts for 2022 used to determine whether employer-sponsored coverage is “affordable” for purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared...

New Vaccine Mandates

In a televised address on Thursday September 9th, President Biden announced that new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules would be released in coming weeks mandating that employers with 100 or more employees require their employees to...

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Extended for Last Time

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated they recognize the continuing impact of the pandemic on business operations and have extended the deadline to submit and certify 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Reports to Monday, October...

Agencies Release First Rule on the No Surprises Act

Agencies Release First Rule on the No Surprises Act On July 13, 2021, the DOL, HHS, and IRS released a joint Interim Final Rule implementing specified provisions of the No Surprises Act, a new law included within the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. ...