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Dec 09 2013
Employee Benefits

IRS relaxes FSA “use it or lose it” rule

Christmas comes early at the IRS—the agency recently relaxed the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule applicable to medical flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) under employer-sponsored cafeteria plans.

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Nov 08 2013
Employee Benefits

New Association Health Plan Option in Washington!

New Association Health Plan Option in Washington!

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Jul 03 2013
Employee Benefits

ALERT: IRS delays pay or play mandate until 2015

Employers rarely hear great news from the IRS, but they really came through this time.

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Jul 01 2013
Employee Benefits

Health care reform: Guidance issued on notice requirements

The federal agencies in charge of issuing guidance on the federal Affordable Care Act’s requirements have been busy.

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Mar 15 2013
Employee Benefits  

Alert: Portland adopts sick leave ordinance

On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring sick leave for employees who work at least 240 hours per year within the City’s geographic boundaries. It takes effect on January 1, 2014.

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Feb 26 2013
Q&AEmployee Benefits

Employer may have a duty to speak up when considering ERISA plan changes

Q: An employee recently gave notice that he is planning to retire at the end of the year. It has not yet been announced to employees, but the company is seriously considering implementing a new, more generous retirement plan early next year. I know that this employee would benefit if he stayed employed long enough to take part in the new plan. Do I have an obligation to tell him that?

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Dec 04 2012
Q&AEmployee Benefits

Electronic SPD Distribution Subject to DOL Rules

Q: It’s time consuming and expensive to print and distribute the summary plan descriptions (SPDs) and other plan materials for our medical and dental plans. Can I just e-mail them to employees, or better yet, post them on our company intranet site?

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Nov 09 2012
Drug and AlcoholEmployee BenefitsLeave Laws  

Alert: Initiatives on recreational marijuana and same-sex marriage raise questions for employers(WA)

Now that Washington voters have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use (I-502) and endorse same-sex marriage (R-74), employers have been asking whether these laws will impact their employment policies. Here’s Vigilant’s take on these two issues. Recreational marijuana use We don’t expect I-502 to affect employers’ ability to enforce their drug policies. The new law doesn’t…

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