Adjusted applicable dollar amount for fee imposed on health insurance plans announced

The IRS has announced that the applicable dollar amount used to calculate the fees imposed by Code Secs. 4375 and 4376 for policy and plan years that end on or after October 1, 2017, and before October 1, 2018, is $2.39. This figure is based on the percentage increase in the projected per capita amount […]

IRS encourages leave-based donations due to Maria

The IRS has provided special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Maria. Under these programs, employees forgo their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster. Under this special relief, donated leave will […]

Kraft retirees had no vested right to health care benefits beyond termination of CBAs

Kraft did not violate ERISA when it terminated retiree health care benefits for retired hourly workers, ruled a federal district court in Wisconsin. The employer argued that no language in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), memorandum of agreement (MOA), or summary plan description (SPD) promised to provide medical benefits to retirees that would continue beyond […]

President issues executive order pushing HRA expansion

The President has issued an executive order that requires several agencies to consider proposing regulations that would, among other things, expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). HRAs are tax-advantaged, account-based arrangements that employers establish for employees to give employees more flexibility and choices regarding health care. Expanding the flexibility and use of HRAs would provide many […]

City manager fired while she was on leave-behind her back-not because she was on leave

Even assuming that a city manager had notified the city council that she was going on FMLA leave when she told them she was having foot surgery and would be able to work from home while recovering, her employer could fire her without unlawfully interfering with the FMLA as long as the reason for her […]

California grants relief to employers affected by wildfires

Employers in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba, Counties directly affected by the multiple fires, including the Atlas, Canyon, Cascade, Cherokee, LaPorte, Lobo, Potter, Sulphur, and Tubbs fires may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – October 13, 2017

  About this Newsletter The Spencer’s Benefits Reports is a summary of the week’s news items posted in the WHAT’S NEW pages of Spencer’s Benefits Reports Online. For questions regarding this email service, contact Customer Service at (800)449-9525. NetNews Subscription Want to receive these Newsletters via E-mail? Sign Up / Unsubscribe Resources Online Store […]

Senate EEOC hearing discusses employer wellness program rules and disability

In September, a hearing by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions to consider two nominations to be Commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a nomination for General Counsel for the Department of Education addressed the need for clear rules for employer-sponsored wellness programs and the empowerment and employment of […]

Ohio’s minimum wage will increase to $8.30 per hour in 2018

The minimum wage in Ohio will increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and to $4.15 per hour for tipped employees, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced on September 29, 2017. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year. […]

Governor Raimondo signs legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for Rhode Island employees

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by legislative sponsors, members of her Cabinet and community advocates, has signed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 100,000 Rhode Island employees. “Being able to recover from an illness or care for a sick relative without having to worry about losing your job or going without pay is […]