A Running Start: IRS Pilots New Pre-Examination Program

The Employee Plans Office of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) announced a new pre-examination program for retirement plans to begin as of June 2022.  The pilot program is designed to reduce the amount of time and resources the IRS … Continue reading

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Group Health Plans Must Provide Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Effective January 15, 2022

On January 10, 2022, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (collectively the “Departments”) issued Affordable Care Act FAQs Part 51 which addresses, in relevant part, payment for over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 testing. Shortly after, on February 4, 2022, the … Continue reading

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Time to Consider Option Repricings?

Given recent declines in equity value in a variety of segments of the economy (technology in particular), a number of clients have asked us what levers are available for retaining talent.  While they are rare and while we might be … Continue reading

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HDHP Telehealth Relief Extended for Remainder of 2022, but Mind the 3-Month Gap in Relief

On March 15, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (the “2022 CAA”) was signed into law.  Section 307 of the 2022 CAA extends the relief permitting high deductible health plans (“HDHPs”) to provide telehealth and other remote care services free … Continue reading

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To the Moon After All? DOL Targets Cryptocurrency in Retirement Plans

In Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01 (the “Release”), the Department of Labor (the “Department”) signaled its intention to scrutinize inclusion of cryptocurrency assets and crypto-derivative products as investments in ERISA-covered retirement plans.  In particular, the Release articulates the Department’s view … Continue reading

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An Interesting Intersection: No Surprises Act Claims and the New Fee Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans

As reported in our January 7, 2022 SW Benefits Blog “The DOL Asks and Answers Questions About the New Welfare Plan Fee Disclosure Rules,” group health plans must now comply with the ERISA Section 408(b)(2) disclosure requirements.  The CAA amended … Continue reading

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Short-Term Deferral Day is Right Around the Corner

Section 409A, the provision of the Internal Revenue Code that regulates the time and form of payment of nonqualified deferred compensation, contains a helpful exception for “short-term deferrals.”  Specifically, Section 409A provides that a payment will not be considered nonqualified … Continue reading

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More is Not Always Better: Supreme Court Reexamines Fiduciary Duty of Prudence

In what may be one of the shortest decisions this term, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous six-page opinion on January 24, 2022 in Hughes v. Northwestern University.  Vacating the Seventh Circuit’s decision, the Court further defined an ERISA … Continue reading

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Group Health Plans Must Provide Free Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Effective January 15, 2022

On January 10, 2022 the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury issued Affordable Care Act FAQs Part 51 which addresses, in relevant part, payment for over-the-counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 testing.   For more information about the OTC COVID-19 testing and its … Continue reading

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The DOL Asks and Answers Questions About the New Welfare Plan Fee Disclosure Rules

In Field Assistance Bulletin 2021-03 (12/31/21) (FAB), the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance and temporary enforcement policy to address the new 408(b)(2) disclosure requirements that apply to certain service providers to group health plans.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of … Continue reading

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