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DOL Announces April 1 Applicability of Final Disability Plan Claims Procedure Regulations

January 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its decision for April 1, 2018, as the applicability date for ERISA-covered employee benefit plans to comply with a final rule (released in December 2016) that imposes additional procedural protections (similar to those that apply to health plans) when dealing with claims for disability benefits.  In October 2017, the DOL had announced a 90-day delay of the final rule, which was scheduled to apply to claims for disability benefits under ERISA-covered benefit plans that were filed on or after January 1, 2018.

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Health Care Reform and Benefits Newsletter

January 21, 2018

Question: Is a small owner-only business eligible for group medical insurance? At this time, our company is comprised of the owner and his wife. There are no other employees yet, but we plan to hire employees in the future. Can we buy a group policy now or do we have to wait until we have other employees?

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HR Best Practices Newsletter

January 10, 2018

Question: One of our newer employees (she’s been with us only six months) just asked for a raise. One issue is that she was hired near the top of the salary range for her position, and while she’s a great employee, we feel giving her a raise now is not an option. How should we approach her request?

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