As employees embrace the ability to “work from anywhere”, it’s critical to point out a common mistake. Before relocating, it’s essential employees let you know before they make the move. If they move first, then notify you, these are common issues we've seen employers...
Apr 19, 2021
3 Common Issues When Employees Relocate without Notifying Their Employer First
On March 24, 2021, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) postponed the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) annual reporting deadline for the 2020 calendar year due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Even though the 2020 HCSO reporting deadline is postponed, plea...
Mar 26, 2021
San Francisco HCSO Annual Employer Reporting Postponed
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  The ARPA brings two big benefits changes. 100% COBRA subsidies: from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 for individuals and family members who lost health plan coverage due to involuntary...
Mar 11, 2021
Dependent Care FSA Increase and 100% COBRA Subsidies Passed by Congress

Government Clarifies End of Benefit Plan Deadlines Due to COVID-19

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance regarding the suspension of benefit plan deadlines during the "outbreak period". (See EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01). This new guidance was necessary...

Mar 02, 2021

U.S. Public Health Emergency Officially Extended

The public health national emergency has officially been extended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through April 20, 2021. HHS must renew public health emergencies every 90 days. The Implication for Gro...

Jan 12, 2021

IRS Increases 2021 PCORI Fee for Health Plans

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-84 to increase the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee amount for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and before Oct. 1, 2021. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA...

Dec 17, 2020

Asynchronous Open Enrollment Experience for Remote Employees

It’s a novel year for open enrollment, too. In March 2020, the Lumity team began planning to deliver a 100% virtual open enrollment to our clients with remote employees in mind. Asynchronous Approach Employers expressed a need for more fl...

Nov 23, 2020

Health Savings Accounts 101 Slideshow

Open enrollment season is upon us! For employers that offer an HSA-eligible plan, we've put together a slideshow you can use to educate your employees about Health Savings Accounts.   Our #1 tip?  It's helpful to exp...

Oct 22, 2020

5 Tips and Templates for Open Enrollment

Once a year, your employees are asked to make a complicated decision—one that could significantly affect their health and finances. And employees are looking to HR for guidance as they make their health plan choices. So, today, I don’t...

Sep 30, 2020