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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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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...


May 4, 2020

As employers begin reopening their worksite doors to their employees, some find ACA employer mandate challenges coming through the door as well. These issues are forcing employers to revisit and reevaluate, in ways they’ve never before encountered on this scale, how that mandate operates and what it requires. 

In our...


Apr 20, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act was passed to give businesses big and small, along with their employees, a package of lifelines to get through our current unprecedented times. In this shelter-in-place episode, Ed and Scott analyze the potpourri of relief the CARES Act offers employers...