ReedGroup’s Greatest Compliance Hits of 2017

ReedGroup’s compliance attorneys presented leave of absence highlights from 2017 at the final Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC) Colorado chapter meeting on Thursday, December 7th. The presentation focused on an annual wrap-up of the legislative changes, notable cases, and agency action related to leave of absence and disability. 2017 proved to be fruitful for legislators, … Continued

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Dept. of Labor’s EBSA Delays ERISA Disability Regulations Until April 1, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announced its Final Rule, issuing a 90-day delay to the applicability of the ERISA disability claims handling regulations (ERISA Regulation Amendments). The DOL’s Final Rule delaying the ERISA Regulation Amendments is set for official publication on Wednesday, November 29. In response to concerns that … Continued

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ReedGroup’s VP of Compliance goes to Washington

ReedGroup’s VP of Compliance goes to Washington: Sits on panel with Labor Secretary, Hon. Alexander Acosta and EEOC’s Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic   Last week I was honored to participate on a panel with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Acting Chair, Victoria Lipnic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alex Acosta, and … Continued

The FMLA Turns 24!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of the day the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became effective. Signed by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993, and made effective on August 5, 1993, the FMLA provides eligible employees with the right to job-protected unpaid leave for qualifying family and medical reasons. Under … Continued

Breaking News Regarding ERISA’s Disability Claims Handling Procedure Regulations

ReedGroup informed you in December of changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA’s) regulations impacting disability benefits. On July 20th, the Trump administration announced that these regulations are part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. These regulations are now on review for “law and policy” to determine … Continued

FMLA News – two for the price of one!

New DOL FMLA FORMS! The Department of Labor (DOL) has released new FMLA medical certification forms, effective through May of 2018.  Not much need for excitement though; the key change is a reference to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), adding instructions for health care providers regarding the disclosure of genetic information. Many employers and … Continued

Same Sex Marriage Confusion from the DOL

By: Compliance Team Since the United States Supreme Court decision in the case United States v. Windsor, employers are scrambling to ensure that benefits provided to employees and their spouses are correctly applied to same-sex spouses, as now required by law.  We’ve written on the impact of the Windsor case as it applies to leaves … Continued

New Resources: FMLA and Mental Health

Reed Group’s Chief Compliance Officer, Marti Cardi, was a lead speaker at the opening sessions of the 2013 Annual conference for the Disability Management Employer Coalition in Atlanta last week.  The conference focused this year on mental and behavioral health issues.  Keynote speaker Rosalynn Carter addressed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and … Continued