Understanding Employee Benefits

IRS Releases Guidance on Premium Subsidies for Continuation Coverage under COBRA

On May 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released much-anticipated guidance on premium subsidies for continuation coverage under Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  For more information about the ARPA and COBRA subsidies, see Stinson’s previous blog:... Read More

Topics: Health Plan, Multi-employer Plans

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT CONTAINS MANY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RELATED PROVISIONS

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “ARPA”) into law.  Many of the provisions in this sweeping legislation bring changes to the employee benefits world of which employers should take note and which are summarized below. Subsidized COBRA The ARPA contains several... Read More

Topics: Executive Compensation, Health Plan, Multi-employer Plans, Retirement Plans

Multiemployer Pension Reform Likely on the Table in Phase 4 Coronavirus Bill

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Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) first emerged as a serious health emergency, Congress has moved quickly to pass three major pieces of legislation designed to address the public economic and health crises caused by the pandemic. According to reports, House Democrats have prioritized multiemployer pension reform in previous negotiations regarding coronavirus... Read More

Topics: Multi-employer Plans, Retirement Plans

Another Way to Become Personally Liable to a Multiemployer Plan

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I have blogged in the past about individuals and businesses that are not signatories to a collective bargaining agreement being found liable for withdrawal liability imposed by multiemployer pension plans (plans jointly trusteed by union and management trustees for the benefit of a number of unionized employers). Withdrawal liability is... Read More

Topics: Fiduciary Guidance, Multi-employer Plans