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5 CAA Benefits Changes and their Tax-Exempt Entity Impact

Dan Kuperstein

Working with your benefits partners will be essential to navigating these CAA benefits changes| Corporate Synergies

Tax-exempt entities must understand how the CAA benefits changes impacted (and continue to impact) FSAs, DCAPs, and other health and welfare plans. Although extraordinarily helpful to benefit plan participants, the coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, … Read More

How Employers Should Prepare for the Federal Vaccine Mandate

Raymond Kim and Dan Kuperstein

Employers should have a plan for the federal vaccine mandate despite its suspension | Corporate Synergies

Though the federal vaccine mandate may be in question, there are still steps employers can take to prepare for that policy or to implement their own. If you’re a large or mid-sized private business, chances are you’ve been following the … Read More

Vaccine Incentives and Other Fall 2021 Compliance Impacts

Pamela Smith and Dan Kuperstein

We’re monitoring fall 2021 compliance impacts to keep employers’ minds on their business | Corporate Synergies

Expect fall 2021 compliance impacts in the areas of benefits strategy, workplace policy, and vaccine incentives. Recent pandemic-related developments, including those before the Biden Administration’s announcement of a federal vaccination mandate for private sector employers, have had (and will continue … Read More

Employers may Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Premium Incentives

Dan Kuperstein

Employers can implement vaccine premium incentives to encourage employees to get vaccinated | Corporate Synergies

Employers and plan sponsors considering a COVID-19 vaccine premium incentive should examine the potential risks, cost savings and administrative hurdles. On October 4, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services issued FAQ guidance confirming the permissibility … Read More

Agencies Delay Transparency Rules for Healthcare Pricing

Dan Kuperstein

The now delayed transparency rules intended to help clarify healthcare pricing for consumers. | Corporate Synergies

These delayed transparency rules will give employers and insurers more time to prepare, and some rules are pending further regulations. On August 20, 2021, the U.S Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury (the “Agencies”) announced a … Read More

Latest COBRA Subsidy Guidance May Prompt Filing Amendments

Dan Kuperstein

The new COBRA subsidy guidance may have employers and plan sponsors amending forms. | Corporate Synergies

Employers and plans sponsors have already spent several months reviewing and implementing these rules. See what the latest COBRA subsidy guidance changes. The IRS recently issued guidance clarifying the rules for how employers can claim the tax credit for the … Read More

Clarifying 4 Common 2021 COBRA Subsidy Questions

Dan Kuperstein

We can help you navigate the confusing maze of 2021 COBRA subsidy questions. | Corporate Synergies

Who qualifies? What’s considered “involuntary termination”? The 2021 COBRA subsidy rules gave employers a lot to manage—and plenty of questions. Despite additional guidance from the IRS, COBRA subsidy compliance continues to be an area of stress and concern for many … Read More

Model COBRA Notices, FAQs Help Employers with ARPA Requirements

Dan Kuperstein

New model COBRA notices help employers notify eligible individuals according to recent legislation | Corporate Synergies

Meeting the new COBRA notice requirements could be an administrative headache. New FAQs and model notices will help The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently provided employers some support in meeting the new COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American … Read More

5 Likely Impacts of the Biden Administration on Benefits

Dan Kuperstein and Dorothy Summers

Impacts of the Biden Administration on benefits as a new term dawns | Corporate Synergies

Our compliance experts review the possible impacts of the Biden administration on benefits that they’re watching. As the U.S. presidency transitions to a new administration, we’ve identified 5 likely impacts of the Biden administration on benefits programs: The Affordable Care … Read More

Top 3 COVID-19 Benefits Compliance Considerations

Dan Kuperstein

HR executive tracking deadlines and top COVID-19 benefits compliance considerations | Corporate Synergies

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced waves of new regulation. Make sure you – and your employees – understand these top COVID-19 benefits compliance considerations. The complex patchwork of federal, state and local regulation for employee benefits and workplace safety during … Read More