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California imposes new mandates for transparency, COVID-19 services and pediatric mental health services

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California imposes new mandates for transparency, COVID-19 services and pediatric mental health services

California just completed a busy 2021 legislative session, imposing a variety of new health insurance mandates. Here are the highlights. Please note that as with any state insurance mandate, the new California mandates do not apply to self-insured ERISA plans, nor to insured plans that are not subje …

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Illinois requires all employers with employees in Illinois to send those employees a summary of group health insurance benefits

In September, Illinois passed a law that requires any employer (including local governments, school districts and employers outside of Illinois) that both (1) has employees who are “gainfully employed in Illinois” and (2) offers group medical benefits to provide all eligible employees (not just thos …

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Businesses may need to add climate change risks to crisis solutions plans

Flash floods, storms and wildfires are likely to become more frequent and severe due to climate change. As a result, companies may need to include these risks in their crisis scenarios in order to protect staff, operations, reputation and revenues. The number of weather-related disasters has increas …

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OSHA, CMS issue much-anticipated vaccine-related guidance

Update: Legal challenges to OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standards have begun On Saturday, Nov. 6, a court in Louisiana granted a temporary stay of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) while evaluating whether the ETS should be permanently blocked. The states of Texas and Louisiana, along with  …

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Feds extend the federal contractor vaccine mandate deadline to Jan. 4, 2022, and offer additional clarification

Today, the White House announced that the deadline for the federal contractor vaccine mandate is extended to Jan. 4, 2022. This change was made to align with the vaccine mandate issued today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the long-awaited and much-anticipated tes …

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New broker compensation disclosure rules: What you need to know (and do)

Last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) requires most brokers and consultants providing services to ERISA-covered group health plans to disclose to plan fiduciaries (typically, the plan sponsor), in writing, any and all direct or indirect compensation they receive for providing ser …

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