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If employee benefits compliance doesn't sound fun to you, then you haven't listened to ERISA is a friend of minea podcast hosted by the Compliance Services professionals from Lockton. Join hosts Edward Fensholt, J.D., director of Compliance Services, and Scott Behrens, J.D., director of Government Relations, to learn the intricacies of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other employee benefits laws, one hilarious topic at a time. 

 

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Oct 19, 2020

Surprise medical bills are a well-known problem within the U.S. healthcare system, but a few bad actors are playing an even more sinister trick on healthcare consumers and employer group plans.  Scott and Ed welcome Jennifer Hill, Senior Clinical Consultant from the Lockton Dunning team, to the podcast this week to...


Oct 5, 2020

More than 50 years after Title VII barred discrimination for a multitude of reasons, including sex, a new Supreme Court ruling has shed light on the scope of the prohibition on sex-based discrimination: Does it extend to a person's sexual orientation and even sexual identity? If so, how does the ruling...


Sep 21, 2020

What exactly is the “lost ark” of ERISA? Ed and Scott welcome Lockton’s very own tomb raider, Jay Kirshbaum, J.D., LLM, to find out. Together they decode a recent private letter ruling (PLR) from the IRS to discover a surprise lever that may allow employers to offer employees a nontaxable choice between...


Sep 8, 2020

ERISA is a friend of mine is back! And better than ever. We kick off this season with the way-back-machine set to 2010 and the introduction of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, or Obamacare if that’s your thing.

Anyway, whatever you call that law, it guaranteed women cost-free access...


Jun 1, 2020

It’s not often the government more or less invites employers to break the rules, and simultaneously grants amnesty for past violations, but that’s just what the IRS is doing in 2020 for cafeteria plan coverage changes. Well, sort of.

In this special bonus episode, Ed and Scott explore how the IRS is changing the...