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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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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 rules in ways it would never have done but for the pandemic. They also shed a few tears over something not so helpful to employers: a tolling of the clock for several key health plan deadlines that plan enrollees would otherwise have to meet. The result creates administrative hassles and adverse selection risks.

  • What is an outbreak period? (Surely, it’s different from what Scott had since high school.)
  • What deadlines are the feds suspending, and for how long?
  • Is adverse selection something Ed’s wife experienced when she said “I do,” or is it a health plan financial risk to employers?
  • Are the IRS’s new cafeteria plan accommodations required?
  • Can an employer, if it decides to play along, limit the cafeteria plan changes it’s willing to allow?
  • How does a flexible spending account grace period grow from 2.5 months to 12 months?