April 17, 2018

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Podcast Episode 28: Employer Contribution Strategies

In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley discuss a topic that seems to be less pressing, but ever recurring: employer contribution strategies.

Chase explains that employers must consider not only the cost and administrative burden but also the compliance issues that can arise in developing those strategies. As Suzanne grills him, Chase dishes on things employers should consider when designing employer contributions towards premiums on medical plans — including affordability, nondiscrimination, Medicare Secondary Payer rules, and HIPAA.

The two go on to discuss employer contribution considerations with regard to helping employees with out-of-pocket expenses relating to the group plan, including contributions towards HRAs, health FSAs and HSAs, then close with a short discussion on employer contributions towards supplemental benefits, such as disability, group term life, dental, vision, wellness programs, EAPs and telemedicine.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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May Webinar Series - Register Now

NFP’s Benefits Compliance team is hosting its next series of webinars in May. Training dates are May 9, May 16, and May 23, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. ET. The respective topics are “The Boss Should Think About Retirees,” “Navigating the Minefield of Wellness Plan Compliance” and “LGBT Benefits Considerations Post-Obergefell.”

The team reserves the right to change training topics in the event of significant legislative, judicial or regulatory developments.

Can’t make a live webinar? A recording of each session will be posted to the NFP Client Learning Portal within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren’t eligible for recertification credit.

The speaker will answer as many questions as possible during the webinar. If your question isn't answered by the end of the webinar, reach out to your advisor for assistance.

Webinars

The Boss Should Think About Retirees
May 9
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Navigating the Minefield of Wellness Plan Compliance
May 16
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LGBT Benefits Considerations Post-Obergefell.
May 23
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All programs are pending approval for 1.5 (general) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.