In a recent blog post we discussed the new disability claims procedure rules scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Earlier this year, as part of the administration’s direction to evaluate existing regulations to make them less burdensome, the Department of Labor (DOL) opened a comment period (through December 11, 2017) on whether the new disability claims procedure rule should be modified, rescinded or retained and raised the possibility of a delay.

Based on the mixed comments received thus far on the need for the delay, the DOL decided to push the implementation of the new disability claim procedure rules for 90 days (through April 1, 2018). This will allow additional time to undertake a full and fair review of the disability benefit claims procedure and determine what, if any, changes are required to avoid imposing unnecessary cost and adverse consequences.