The EEOC Officially Removes Wellness Plan Incentive Rules

In late December 2017, the judge in the AARP vs. EEOC case ordered that the wellness plan incentive rules contained in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations to be vacated beginning January 1, 2019. The EEOC had an opportunity to draft new rules during the spring and summer of last year, yet we were … Continued

Pennsylvania Employers: Newly-Enacted Act 111 Is Intended To Be a Compromise After the Fall-Out of the Protz Decision and Resulting Workers’ Comp Rating Changes.

In June and July of 2017, Henderson Brothers reported on the impact that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Protz v. W.C.A.B. (Derry Area School District), 161 A.3d 827 (Pa. 2017) (“Protz”) would have on workers’ compensation insurance. After about 16 months of fall-out from Protz, on October 24, 2018, Governor Wolf signed House Bill … Continued

Compliance Alert: Upcoming 2018 CVSA Roadside Blitz on Hours of Service Logs

During the first week of June (specifically June 5th, 6th, and 7th), the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with local jurisdiction will be conducting a focused blitz on Hours-Of-Service (HOS) compliance. According to the CVSA, 32% of drivers were placed out of service during last year’s three day blitz for HOS violations. Compliance … Continued

Q&A: Medicare Part D

It is that time of year again for plan sponsors to begin preparing their Medicare Part D notices. Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug benefits must notify Medicare Part D eligible individuals by October 15th whether the group prescription coverage is at least as good as Medicare Part D coverage. Coverage that … Continued

Pennsylvania Employers: Potential Changes to Your Workers’ Compensation Program

What You Need to Know On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) process was unconstitutional because the General Assembly is not permitted to delegate its authority to issue impairment rating guidelines to a non-legislative body, or in the Protz case, the American Medical Association (AMA).  See Protz … Continued

Indefinite Suspension of the New EEO-1 Report

The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has indefinitely suspended the revised EEO-1 Report’s compliance date.  Major criticisms of the new format, including the large cost of compliance along with the lack of privacy safeguards precipitated its suspension.  Private-sector employers and covered federal contractors will not be required to … Continued

Compliance Report: Summary of Senate GOP Health Reform Bill

Details of the Senate’s GOP health reform bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”,  were released yesterday.  After much speculation we finally have a good idea of what GOP leadership in the upper house would like to see change. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to push the bill through for a vote by the … Continued