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Compliance is an essential dimension of any employee benefit plan, and staying current is paramount. The compliance landscape frequently changes. Employers need to stay abreast of requirements of both federal laws – such as ERISA and the ACA – and Massachusetts laws such as the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplement.

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Customized legal counsel and timely information about legal developments are important for any employer. RAS Law, P.C., produces helpful bulletins and alerts that are written for various audiences, including the following:

  • Insurance brokers via subscription (noted as IB below)
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (monthly members-only bulletin, marked UW below)
  • General bulletins for clients and friends of RAS Law, P.C. (marked RAS below)

The firm delivers trustworthy, up-to-date legal advice on all types of employer regulations. Below is a sampling of previous bulletin topics from recent years:

2019 Bulletins And Alerts

(IB) July 1, 2019 – USE OF HRAs TO PURCHASE PRIVATE, INDIVIDUAL MARKET HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE PERMITTED EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020 (IB) June 20, 2019 – MA FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE STEPS FOR EMPLOYERS AFTER: – CONTRIBUTION & NOTICE REQUIREMENTS DELAYED THREE MONTHS – FINAL PFML REGULATIONS RELEASED – CONTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE INCREASED TO 0.75% – REVISED TEMPLATE WORKER NOTICE FORMS POSTED (UW) June 17, 2019 – IT’S OFFICIAL: EMPLOYER MA FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE CONTRIBUTIONS DELAYED FOR THREE MONTHS – UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2019 – CONTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE INCREASED TO 0.75% (IB) June 12, 2019 – URGENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EMPLOYER MA FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE CONTRIBUTIONS DELAYED FOR THREE MONTHS – UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2019 – CONTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE INCREASED TO 0.75% (RAS) June 12, 2019 – EMPLOYER MA FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE CONTRIBUTIONS DELAYED FOR THREE MONTHS – UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2019 – CONTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE INCREASED TO 0.75% (IB) June 6, 2019 – THE MA PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW: IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE STEPS FOR EMPLOYERS (UW) May 28, 2019 – SO, YOU WANT TO BE EXEMPT . . . FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS PFML – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY? (IB) May 30, 2019 – SHOULD VOLUNTARY CANCER AND ACCIDENT POLICIES (AND THEIR ILK) BE INCLUDED IN THE ERISA AND SECTION 125 PLAN DOCUMENTATION (AND ON THE FORM 5500)? (UW) April 2019 – MASSACHUSETTS PFML WRITTEN NOTICE TO CURRENT EMPLOYEES MUST BE PROVIDED BY EMPLOYERS ON OR BEFORE MAY 31, 2019 (IB) April 29, 2019 – NOW AVAILABLE: EXEMPTIONS FROM PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE FOR PRIVATE EMPLOYER PLANS (UW) March 2019 – ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYER EXEMPTION FROM THE MA PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYERS ON APRIL 29 (IB) March 25, 2019 – NAVIGATING THE INTERSECTION OF COBRA AND HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENTS (IB) February 28, 2019 – THREE APPROACHES FOR PAID INTERNS HIRED IN 2019 (UW) February 2019 – IRS GUIDANCE: MISTAKEN CONTRIBUTIONS TO HSAS – WHEN MAY EMPLOYERS RECOUP CONTRIBUTIONS? WHEN CAN MISTAKEN CONTRIBUTIONS BE CORRECTED? (IB) February 4, 2019 – FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE CONTRIBUTION RATES FOR EMPLOYERS (IB) January 28, 2019 – REGULATIONS UNDER DEVELOPMENT RELEASED FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM (UW) January 2019 – THE MASSACHUSETTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW – DRAFT REGULATIONS RELEASED – LISTENING SESSIONS SCHEDULED

2018 Bulletins And Alerts

(RAS) December 17, 2018 – TEXAS FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT RULES: REPEAL OF PENALTY IN 2019 RENDERS INDIVIDUAL MANDATE UNCONSTITUTIONAL – THUS, ENTIRE ACA NOW INVALID (UW) December 2018 – THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE WEBSITE IS LIVE AND FEATURES NEW FAQS (IB) December 7, 2018 – IRS NOTICE 2018-88 REQUESTS COMMENTS REGARDING INDIVIDUAL COVERAGE HRAs (ICHRAs) AND APPLICATION OF THE EMPLOYER MANDATE AND 105(h) NONDISCRIMINATION REQUIREMENTS TO ICHRAs (RAS) November 29, 2018 – NOTICE 2018-94: IRS EXTENDS DUE DATE FOR FURNISHING 2018 FORMS 1095-B AND 1095-C TO EMPLOYEES/INDIVIDUALS (IB) November 12, 2018 – IRS/DOL/HHS PROPOSE REVERSING COURSE TO PERMIT THE USE OF HRAS TO PURCHASE PRIVATE, INDIVIDUAL MARKET HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE (IB) October 31, 2018 – NOVEMBER IS NOW THE FILING MONTH FOR THE NEW MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYER HIRD FORM (IB) September 28, 2018 – ACA EMPLOYER SHARED RESPONSIBILITY CONTINUES, AS DOES ITS ENFORCEMENT BY THE IRS (IB) August 30, 2018 – MORE HEALTH CARE TINKERING ARRIVES IN THE SENATE (RAS) May 31, 2018 – EMERGENCY CHANGE TO EMAC SUPPLEMENT REGULATION (RAS) April 27, 2018 – GOING UP . . . 2018 ANNUAL FAMILY HSA LIMITATION REVISED A SECOND TIME BY IRS (RAS) January 23, 2018 – TEMPORARY CONTINUING BUDGET LAW ALSO CONTAINS SOME ACA RELIEF (RAS) January 22, 2018 – THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT OF 2017 – BENEFITS-RELATED PROVISIONS

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