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  • Josh Osborne & Alexandra Ifrah

    DOL Releases Model Notices for ARPA COBRA Premium Subsidy

    April 8, 2021
    On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law a comprehensive stimulus package titled the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) that includes assistance in the form of a 100 percent COBRA premium subsidy to “assistance eligible individuals” for a period of up to six months. Although ARPA went into effect on April 1, 2021, employer implementation of the new law has been delayed pending the release of the model notices by the Department of Labor (DOL). However, on April 7, 2021, the DOL issued the model notices to be used by employers to satisfy the notice obligations imposed by ARPA along with a set of FAQ’s that provide some clarifying guidance. Now that the model notices have been released, employers should begin taking steps toward satisfying its obligations under ARPA.
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  • Jeremiah Wood

    Jeremiah D. Wood

    The Impact the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Has on Single Employer Plans

    March 17, 2021
    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. The ARPA follows previous laws applicable to the minimum funding contribution requirements for defined benefit plans, and this article discusses the impacts of the ARPA on Single Employer Plans (as opposed to Multi-Employer Plans).
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    EBSA Disaster Relief Notice Provides Guidance on Outbreak Period Relief

    March 1, 2021
    Employers who sponsor group health, dental and/or vision plans should be aware that the Department of Labor (DOL) just issued EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 which provides specific guidance and recommendations to employers in connection with Outbreak Period relief previously issued by the DOL and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in joint guidance issued last year in EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 (Joint Notice).
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  • Jeremiah D. Wood

    Jeremiah D. Wood

    CARES Act Update: IRS Provides Additional Guidance on CARES Act’s Impacts on Retirement Plans

    July 1, 2020
    The IRS has provided additional guidance regarding the coronavirus-related distributions, the modification to plan loans made to individuals impacted by COVID-19, and the 2020 waiver of the required minimum distributions. This article will provide an update to such article as provided in the recently released additional guidance from the IRS in Notices 2020-50 and 2020-51.
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  • Jeremiah D. Wood

    Jeremiah D. Wood

    New Electronic Disclosure Method For Retirement Plans Approved by DOL

    June 3, 2020
    The Department of Labor (DOL) recently approved a safe harbor method for retirement plan administrators to use electronic media, as a default, to furnish information to participants and beneficiaries of plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This new safe harbor method (New Electronic Disclosure Method) has very specific requirements that plan administrators must follow in order to provide participants and beneficiaries with electronic ERISA disclosures. The New Electronic Disclosure Method is in addition to the prior electronic disclosure option established by the DOL in 2002, but it generally allows electronic disclosure to more individuals.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    Timeframes Extended for Group Health and Retirement Plans

    May 5, 2020
    Continuing with ongoing efforts to provide relief during this COVID-19 National Emergency, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Treasury Department and EBSA (the “Agencies”) have issued new joint guidance extending certain timeframes under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code that apply to group health, disability and other welfare plans, and retirement plans as well as the participants/beneficiaries of those plans during this National Emergency.
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  • Coronavirus Alert

    CARES Act's Key Provisions Impact On Welfare and Fringe Benefits

    March 30, 2020
    As a follow-up to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the CARES Act both clarifies and expands on the COVID-19 related coverage requirements applicable to group health plans (including grandfathered health plans) and health insurance issuers. The CARES Act includes key provisions impacting certain welfare and fringe benefits including HSA’s and educational assistance programs.
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