Bipartisan multiemployer pension bill takes shape

A bipartisan proposal for changes to multiemployer pensions is taking shape on Capitol Hill. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) said that they plan to roll-out a bill that would allow some multiemployer plans to move to a hybrid structure. Their proposal, called the Give Retirement Options to Workers Act (GROW Act), […]

Employees’ mistaken acknowledgment of independent contractor status precludes ERISA and COBRA claims

ERISA and COBRA claims brought by employees against Superior Healthplan, Inc., and Centene Corporation were dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, based on an agreement the employees had signed that acknowledged they were independent contractors, not common law employees. The employees were allowed to proceed with claims under the […]

Report shows continued shift toward consumer-directed health care

The third annual “State of Employee Benefits” report published by Benefitfocus, Inc., shows a continued shift toward consumer-directed health care, with the rate of employers offering at least one high-deductible health plan (HDHP) increasing more than 20 percent since 2016. This growth primarily stems from employers offering HDHPs alongside traditional health plans, reflecting the increased […]

Court won’t reconsider denial of summary judgment to employer who arguably fired worker based on FMLA-qualifying absences

An employer who fired a worker after he received three disciplinary notices, two of which may have been issued based on FMLA-qualifying absences, failed to persuade a Kentucky federal court to reconsider its prior decision denying summary judgment on the employee’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims. The court rejected the employee’s assertion that the employer […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – February 9, 2018

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Retiring employees had vested right to benefits, but required scope of benefits is jury question

Retired county workers who alleged their former employer breached its promise of cost-free retiree health coverage for life at the same level the employee enjoyed on his last day of employment will present their contract claims to a jury, a federal district court in Georgia decided. The court found the employees had a vested right […]

Workers’ confidence about the future of the health care system is low

Workers’ confidence about specific aspects of the health care system overall is mixed, and falls the further out into the future one looks, according to recent research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The 2017 Health and Workplace Benefits Survey found that while 45 percent of workers are extremely or very confident about their […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – February 6, 2018

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Tax law fueling changes to employer benefits and compensation programs, survey finds

The new tax reform law is fueling changes to corporate America’s employee benefits, compensation, total rewards and executive pay programs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey of 333 large and midsize employers reveals nearly half (49 percent) of the respondents are considering making a change to at least one of these […]

PBGC issues 2018 premium filing instructions

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has posted the 2018 Comprehensive Premium Filing Instructions (including the illustrative form) on its website. The PBGC states that the filing requirements for 2018 are almost identical to the 2017 filing requirements, according to the PBGC. However, the flat-rate premium, variable rate premium, and cap on variable rate premium […]