OSHA Submits Draft of Vaccine Mandate ETS to the OMB

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it submitted a draft of its emergency temporary standard (ETS) for private employers requiring mandatory COVID-19 testing or vaccination to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While this announcement does not provide any new details on the contents of the ETS, it signals that the rule is moving forward as expected and could be in effect as soon as the coming weeks. Read more…





Health Plan Sponsors Should Expect New Fee Disclosures from Brokers and Consultants

Health Plan Sponsors Should Expect New Fee Disclosures from Brokers and Consultants

Employers of all sizes need to be aware that their group health plans will soon be receiving new fee and compensation disclosures from the health plan service providers.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”), signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020, imposes new fee disclosure requirements upon brokers and consultants to group health plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).  This insight explains what disclosures you should be expecting to be receiving from your plan’s service providers.  These new disclosure rules apply to major medical/prescription drug plans, dental plans, vision plans, health flexible spending accounts, and health reimbursement arrangements. (more…)

IRS Issues Guidance on COBRA Subsidy

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-31, a guidance document on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The Notice discusses the background of the subsidy and includes 86 questions and answers (Q&As) about its application. Read more…