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HHS Announces Opening of Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program

USA - April 23 2016 The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced the opening of its "Phase 2" HIPAA audit program. We have been anticipating this program for some…

IRS Provides Favorable New Guidance on Safe-Harbor 401(k) Plans

USA - February 1 2016 The IRS has provided much-anticipated (and welcome) guidance on mid-year amendments to safe-harbor 401(k) plans. This is favorable guidance that…

Supreme Court Limits Health Plan Reimbursement Rights

USA - January 25 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a self-insured health plan may not exercise reimbursement rights against a plan participant after settlement…

Wellness Program Survives ADA Challenge

USA - January 15 2016 In a closely watched case, a federal judge in Wisconsin has denied the EEOC’s challenge to a wellness program maintained by Flambeau, Inc. The EEOC…

Congress repeals ACA's auto-enrollment requirement

USA - November 15 2015 As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Congress has repealed the auto-enrollment requirement under Section 18A of the Fair Labor Standards Act…