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OTC COVID-19 Tests

Agencies Issue Guidance on Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Tests

On Jan. 10, 2022, the Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance regarding the requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers to cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Legal Requirements Plans and issuers

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Wage Compression

Wage compression refers to the situation where there is only a small difference in pay between employees regardless of their skills, experience, or seniority. Wage compression most often occurs in the following two scenarios: A new employee is paid almost

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Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2022

Summary The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. This dollar limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments and may be increased each year. On

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Texas Sexual Harassment Laws Amended

Summary Two bills that take effect on September 1, 2021 expand Texas’s sexual harassment laws. S.B. 45 – expands existing law to include all employers with one or more employees, and individual supervisors and coworkers may now be held personally liable for workplace

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Class Action Lawsuit

After several years of litigation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies (BCBS) agreed to settle a legal dispute challenging elements of the BCBS Association licensing agreements. In the settlement, reached on October 30, 2020, BCBS did not admit fault,

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Congress Passes the American Rescue Plan Act

Congress has passed, and President Biden has signed the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA), the third COVID-19 stimulus bill.  This new $1.9 trillion stimulus package includes several health and welfare benefits-related provisions relevant to employers and plan sponsors, as summarized below. FFCRA

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Top 6 HR & Benefits FAQs for Startups

The world of startups is a challenging one. To help your startup run more smoothly, it is important to first get your HR and Benefits issues squared away. In this particular blog post, I am going to share the top

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