In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon look at three recent lawsuits against employers relating to COBRA notice failures, two of which are class action suits. Suzanne describes the lawsuits, and explains that the failures related to the content of the notices themselves, rather than the more common issue of failure to send COBRA notices. Suzanne outlines the particular failures, and how the employer could have avoided the issue. The two discuss the importance of using model notices and things to consider when working with a third party vendor for COBRA administration.
Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.
NFP's Benefits Compliance team is hosting its next webinar on February 19, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET). The topic is "Love and Benefits: Spousal and Domestic Partner Compliance Considerations."
Can't make a live webinar? A recording of each session will be posted to the NFP Client Learning Portal within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren't eligible for recertification credit.
The moderator will answer as many questions as possible during the webinar. If your question isn't answered by the end of the webinar, reach out to your advisor for assistance.
Love and Benefits: Spousal and Domestic Partner Compliance Considerations
February 19, 2020
All programs are pending approval for 1.0 (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
Large employers must report the cost of group health coverage provided to employees on the Form W-2. The requirement applies to employers that filed 250 or more Forms W-2 in 2018. Employer aggregation rules do not apply for this purpose. In other words, the number of Forms W-2 is calculated separately without consideration of controlled groups. Indian tribal governments, sponsors of self-funded church plans, and employers contributing to a multiemployer plan are exempt from the Form W-2 reporting requirement.