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FAQs on Tobacco Cessation Coverage and Mental Health / Substance Use Disorder Parity | Ohio Employee Benefits

Recently, the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) issued FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 34 and Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation. The Departments’ FAQs cover two primary topics: tobacco cessation coverage and mental health / substance use … Continued

What is Essential? The Madness of Maintaining Job Descriptions Under the DOL | Ohio Employee Benefits

Your new position just got approved and, finally, that mission-critical headcount addition is green-lighted. Celebration ensues until the actual work of finding the ideal candidate begins. The first step is to get a job description. In some cases, a perfectly vetted position analysis and description may exist, one that captures the particulars and purpose of … Continued

Avoid Increased Penalties by Filing Annual Benefit Plan Reports on Time | Ohio Employee Benefits

Form 5500 is the annual report that group benefit plans use to report required information about the plan’s financial condition and operations. Most group and pension plans that are subject to ERISA are required to file a Form 5500. With the July 31 deadline for calendar year plans fast approaching, and higher penalties for not … Continued

Same-Sex Marriages and Group Health Benefits | Ohio Employee Benefits

From 2013 to 2015, a series of Supreme Court cases and government updates have changed the landscape of the way employers must consider same-sex spouses in relation to employee benefits. Most recently, in June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between … Continued

DOL Releases the New FLSA White Collar Overtime Exemption Rules | Ohio Employee Benefits

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a final rule amending the white collar overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016, increases the threshold salary for the exemption to $913 per … Continued

What the DOL Wants During an Audit | Ohio Employee Benefits

No two Department of Labor (DOL) audits are the same, yet there are typical questions asked and documents requested. See our recent blog on the Seven Common Mistakes That Could Trigger a DOL Audit. If you are audited, it’s recommended that questions received be sorted and color-coded based on what the question references (for example, … Continued

Seven Common Mistakes That Could Trigger a DOL Audit | Ohio Employee Benefits

Not many things incite more fear than receiving a notice that you’re about to have an audit, especially from the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics. It is headed … Continued

Can Employers Assist Employees with Premiums for Individual Plans? | Ohio Employee Benefits

Posted by Carol Taylor On November 6, 2014, the collective Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury released three Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) directed at employer payment plans for the purchase of individual insurance. While the departments had previously released several other pieces of guidance about these arrangements, this latest … Continued

DOL Increases Audits to Enforce ACA Compliance

Employers subject to COBRA can also be subject to a DOL audit of the documents, procedures and processes related to those benefits. As the DOL increases their quota for audits, employers prepare for the daunting task. Read full article here…

DOL cracks down on employer 401(k) issues

The Department of Labor website is overflowing with cases of regulators taking action against employers accused of mishandling employee benefit plans.

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