PBGC reports multiemployer program continues to face insolvency by 2025

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Projections Report on the financial prospects of its pension insurance programs. Consistent with findings in last year’s Report, the multiemployer program is likely to become insolvent by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2025 without changes in the law or additional resources. […]

California grants extension for employers affected by Pawnee Fire

For corporate and personal income tax purposes, the California Employment Development Department (Department) issued a release stating that the employers in Lake County directly affected by the Pawnee fire, may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or […]

CMS puts risk adjustment payments on hold awaiting resolution of litigation

A ruling issued by the U.S District Court for the District of New Mexico invalidating CMS’ use of the statewide average premium in the risk adjustment transfer formula established under Sec. 1343 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the 2014 to 2018 benefit years, prevents CMS from making further collections or […]

July per diems issued for foreign areas

The U.S. State Department has released the maximum travel per diem allowances for travel in foreign areas. The rates, which are reproduced In this Report at ¶797, ¶798, and ¶799, apply to all U.S. government employees and contractors and are effective as of July 1, 2018. In addition, the rates are used by private employers […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – July 13, 2018

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 hr.cch.com Resources Online Store Customer […]

Mental health patient’s room, board covered under mental health parity law

A federal district court erred in ruling that an employer-sponsored health insurance plan was not required to cover room and board costs incurred by an insured while receiving treatment at a residential mental health facility, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled. Under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity […]

Massachusetts increases minimum wage, enacts family leave

Massachusetts has enacted legislation relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday, also known as the Grand Bargain. The compromise legislation will create a permanent sales tax holiday, increase the minimum wage over the next five years and create a new paid family and medical leave program in Massachusetts. The […]

Successor employer’s delay in reinstating butcher might be FMLA interference, but no retaliation found

A grocery store butcher whose store was bought by another company while he was on FMLA leave can advance his claims that his FMLA rights were interfered with when he was asked to attend an orientation session and then faced a month-and-a half-delay in returning to work. He also made similar claims under New Jersey […]

Delaware minimum wage to increase

The minimum wage in Delaware will increase to $8.75 on October 1 2018, and to $9.25 on October 1, 2019. In addition, effective January 1, 2019, the law allows a training minimum wage and a youth wage that is not more than $0.50 less than the minimum wage rate. The training wage can be paid […]

Confusion as to counting absences avoids dismissal of FMLA interference and retaliation claims but discharge claim fails

On dueling motions for summary judgment, a federal district court in Virginia found that a welder’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims survived because it was unclear whether his employer, Volvo, had properly counted absences that qualified under the FMLA before putting the worker on probation for excessive unexcused absences. However, the court granted summary judgment […]