Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – February 8, 2019


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Over half of new AHPs available for employers with two to 50 employees

Over half (54 percent) of newly-created association health plans (AHPs) limit association membership to employers with two to 50 employees, according to recent research from AssociationHealthPlans.com. The survey noted that 43 percent of new AHPs allow sole proprietors and the self-employed to join.

        (Read Cheetah) »

Survey finds nearly half of HR practitioners plan to change employee benefits offering this year

According to Gallagher’s Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey, 45 percent of HR practitioners are planning changes to current benefit offerings amid a highly competitive labor market. The survey shows an increasing number of organizations are fully aware of the measurable impact that benefits have on employee engagement and productivity

        (Read Cheetah) »

Dispute over content of employee’s voicemails precluded summary judgment as to her FMLA claims

A dispute between the parties as to whether an employee’s voicemails to her supervisor alerted the employer that she was designating her absences as FMLA covered due to migraine headaches precluded the grant of summary judgment to either party on her FMLA claims.

        (Read Cheetah) »

Bipartisan bill reintroduced to repeal Cadillac tax

On January 24, Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa) reintroduced H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, which would repeal the excise tax on high-cost health care plans, otherwise known as the “Cadillac tax.” Repeal of the Cadillac tax has broad bipartisan support in Congress, the legislators noted. In the previous Congressional session, over 300 members in the House of Representatives cosponsored repeal legislation.

        (Read Cheetah) »

Excepted benefit HRAs will offer employers limited relief, says HUB International

In October 2018, the Departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor released proposed rules that would allow employers to integrate health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) with individual health insurance coverage when certain conditions are met. The proposed rules also set forth conditions under which certain HRAs would be recognized as limited excepted benefits. However, most employers are likely to find excepted benefit HRAs to lack practical uses, according to recent comments from the HUB International employee benefits compliance team.

        (Read Cheetah) »