The State of California placed a new notice requirement on employers who sponsor flexible spending account (FSA) plans that impose a deadline to withdraw funds before the end of the plan year. The law applies to health care FSAs, dependent care FSAs and adoption expense FSAs. The new notice is intended to warn individuals if their plan requires reimbursement requests to be made before the end of the plan year.
Employers with prescription drug plans must provide a notice to Medicare-eligible participants letting them know if their prescription drug coverage is “creditable” or “non-creditable.” Prescription drug coverage is creditable if it provides benefits that are at least as good as the standard Medicare Part D benefit.
A new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor will make many more workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for non-exempt U.S. workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor encourages affirmative actions to employ covered veterans and to advance covered veterans in employment. Federal contractors and subcontractors with a contract in the amount of $150,000 or more with any department of the U.S. government must report on their affirmative action initiatives to employ veterans. Information must be provided by job category, hiring location, and new hire status.
In a recent Opinion Letter, the Department of Labor found that an employee’s absence to attend a school meeting discussing his or her child’s individualized education program (IEP) was protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
ERISA requires administrators of health plans to give information about the plan’s operation to participants. One of the ERISA requirements is the distribution of a plan’s Summary Annual Report (SAR). A SAR is a summary of a plan’s financial information that is filed with the U.S. Department of Labor on Form 5500.
The U.S. Department of Labor is considering changing its template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. While the DOL forms are not required, many employees use the template forms as a basis for requesting medical documentation and administering FMLA requests.
Employers are required to let employees know about various rights they have in the workplace. Some of this information must be provided by written notices to employees and some must be provided by posters in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor offers tools for determining what notices are required for each employer. The DOL website has electronic copies of all required notice and posters which are available at no charge .
All employers with group health plans in states that provide premium assistance for the purchase of group health coverage under a Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP") or Medicaid must provide notice of the assistance to their employees. Virtually all states provide such assistance, so almost all sponsors of group health plans must have processes and procedures in place to deliver the federally required CHIP notice.