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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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Apr 12, 2021

When it rains it pours…and whoa, is it raining this year! Not since…well, ever…have benefits plan sponsors seen a year like 2021, not just in terms of the decisions they need to make and things they must do now, but also in terms of what they must be thinking about, planning for and negotiating now, for next...


Mar 29, 2021

The recent American Rescue Plan (ARP) resurrected an old nemesis for employers: Employer-fronted, taxpayer-reimbursed COBRA subsidies. These subsidies, available from April through September of this year, are available to individuals who lost employer-based coverage due to a reduction in work hours or involuntary...


Mar 8, 2021

Employer group health plan sponsors are already choking on skyrocketing prescription drug costs, and now states are adding insult to injury. But wait, doesn’t ERISA’s thick shield of preemption deflect state laws that directly or even indirectly affect ERISA plans? What happens when states boldly go to bat...


Jan 8, 2021

Whoa, Nellie! What was THAT that just happened in Georgia? The Democrats — not to their surprise but to the surprise of some others — have captured the two U.S. Senate seats for Georgia in special run-off elections, and that changes everything in Washington, at least for the next two years. But does everything...


Dec 14, 2020

More and more employers are looking to provide health insurance to contractors, franchisees, agents, and employees of other inadequately related employers under a single umbrella. They continue to bump into a near 50-year-old barrier – multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) rules. Through many a night these...