Reminder: New Procedures for Disability Plan Claims Effective Soon

New Rule Changes Disability Claim Processing Requirements Effective for disability benefit claims filed after April 1, 2018, a new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires ERISA-covered employee benefit plans offering disability benefits to provide additional procedural protections to claimants. The new rule ensures that protections for disability claimants parallel protections under the…

Tax Help Available Ahead of April 17 Filing Deadline

IRS.gov Offers Many Easy-to-Use Online Tools With the April 17 federal income tax deadline fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers that they can find most answers to their tax questions by taking advantage of the wide variety of easy-to-use online tools available on IRS.gov. The IRS’s many online tools allow taxpayers…

Virginia Expands National Guard Employment Protections

Law Effective July 1, 2018 A new law in Virginia expands certain National Guard employment protections (i.e., leave, reemployment, and nondiscrimination) to any person who is a member of the National Guard of another state who is employed or seeking employment in Virginia. Expanded Protections The new law extends National Guard employment rights (concerning leaves…