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3 Employee Benefits Compliance Priorities for 2023

Dan Kuperstein

Forming a health and welfare fiduciary committee should top employee benefits compliance priorities | Corporate Synergies

Abortion rules, fiduciary committees and mental health parity enforcement top 2023’s employee benefits compliance priorities. Compared to the flurry of regulatory changes in 2020 and 2021, 2022 seemed quieter for employee benefits compliance. However, many new rules are now taking … Read More

Employers Have Options Related to Abortion Benefits

Dan Kuperstein and Pamela Smith

The right benefits partner can help employers assemble the abortion benefit program pieces | Corporate Synergies

In addition to abortion benefit options, employers need to carefully consider how reimbursement programs are designed. The recent U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision still leaves a lot of legal and regulatory abortion access questions unanswered. In … Read More

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

What Employers Need to Know about CAA Requirements

Travis Turner

Make sure your organization is ready to comply with these CAA requirements | Corporate Synergies

Whether self-funded or fully insured, employers have the ultimate responsibility and liability to ensure compliance with CAA requirements. Many of the provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), passed in late December 2020, are now effective in 2022. … Read More

CAA Questions Employers Should Be Asking

Corporate Synergies

Asking these CAA questions can lead your organization to a light bulb moment | Corporate Synergies

When complying with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, let these CAA questions help guide your organization. As more Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) requirements go into effect in 2022, employers may struggle to figure out exactly what they … 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