Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – January 11, 2019

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  • News

    States expand employee leave protections in 2018

    In 2018, while legislation that would expand employee leave protections failed to garner sufficient support on the federal scene, several states took matters into their own hands to pass measures that add or expand family and medical leave and sick time.

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    Leadership support has positive impact on well-being initiatives

    Well-being initiatives fare better when company leaders are visibly supportive and involved, according to a recent report from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer. The 2018 Progress Report for the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard found that in particular, companies reported better outcomes when leaders recognize employees who have achieved success and when leaders actively participate in health and well-being initiatives themselves, which are two relatively simple and low-cost ways to boost performance.

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    New HRA options would expand health insurance choices, AHIP says

    If properly regulated and implemented, access to new health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) options will give employers and consumers more choices on where to get their health insurance. That’s according to comments submitted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in response to the proposed rules that would expand the permitted uses of HRAs. The rules, which were published on October 29, 2018, would allow employers to integrate HRAs with individual health insurance coverage when certain conditions are met.

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    PBGC final regs increase civil penalties for failure to provide certain notices for 2019

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has issued final regulations that adjust the civil monetary penalties provided in ERISA Secs. 4071 and 4302 for inflation. The maximum daily penalty for failing to provide notices or other material information under ERISA Sec. 4071 has increased from $2,140 to $2,194, and the maximum penalty for failure to provide certain multiemployer plan notices under ERISA Sec. 4302 has risen from $285 to $292. The final regulations are effective December 28, 2018, and the increases apply to penalties assessed after December 28, 2018.

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    Stay granted in Texas case, meaning law will remain in effect while case is appealed

    On December 30, 2018, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas, the judge who ruled earlier in December that the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was invalid, issued a stay and partial final judgement in Texas v. U.S. This will allow the parties to immediately appeal his decision to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and ensures that the provisions of the ACA remain fully in effect in all 50 states and the District of Columbia until a final judgement is reached.

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