Employee Leave – Legal Rules

Employees may need to take time off from work for various reasons, including for their own medical situations or family emergencies. Federal and state leave laws require employers to provide employees with leave in certain situations. In general, when employees request time off from work, employers should consider their obligations under: The federal Family and…

New HIPAA Rule Will Require Updates to Privacy Notices

On April 26, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that strengthens the HIPAA Privacy Rule by prohibiting the disclosure of protected health information (PHI) related to lawful reproductive health care in certain situations. The final rule requires covered entities, including health plans, to update their privacy notices…

Health FSA Limit Increases for 2024

On Nov. 9, 2023, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2023-34 (Rev. Proc. 23-34), which includes the inflation-adjusted limit for 2024 on employee salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs). For plan years beginning in 2024, the adjusted dollar limit on employees’ pre-tax contributions to health FSAs increases to $3,200. This is a $150…

PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2024

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2023-70 to increase the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee amount for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2023, and before Oct. 1, 2024. The updated PCORI fee amount is $3.22 multiplied by the average number of lives covered under the plan. For plan years…

HSA & HDHP Limits Will Increase for 2024

On May 16, 2023, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2023-23 to provide the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans (HDHP) for 2024. The IRS is required to publish these limits by June 1 of each year. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit; The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs;…

COBRA: Qualifying Events

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal law that requires most employers to provide former employees and dependents who lose group health benefits due to a “qualifying event” with an opportunity to continue group health coverage for a limited period of time. Qualifying Events COBRA coverage must be offered when: A qualifying…