Health and Welfare Plans

On April 8, 2021, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46.3, which modifies proclamations issued in 2020 that provide employment and benefit protections during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency for “high-risk employees.” (For purposes of the Proclamation, a “high-risk employee” is any employee that the Centers for Disease Control defines as being more likely to

In 2019, Washington passed the first law in the nation requiring employees to fund a state-operated long-term care insurance program. The program, codified at RCW 50B.04 and set to begin on January 1, 2025, will be funded by an uncapped payroll tax starting at 0.58% on all employee compensation beginning January 1, 2022.

Although changes

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a 100% federal subsidy of COBRA premiums (including the up-to-2% administrative fees) during the period of April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. Earlier this week, the Employee Benefits Security Administration published clarifying FAQs and model notices related to the COBRA subsidy. This update discusses the guidance

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes a 100% federal subsidy of COBRA premiums (including the up-to-2% administrative fees) during the period of April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. The subsidy applies to group health coverage typically subject to COBRA, except for health flexible spending accounts. This update summarizes the ARPA’s COBRA

With multiple states rolling out phased access to COVID-19 vaccines, many employers are considering whether they want to require employees to be vaccinated, how to encourage employee vaccinations, and the implications of vaccine policies for their businesses. Here are some of the top questions that Perkins Coie has received from its clients. Read the full

President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Omnibus Bill) on December 27, 2020. The following update provides a summary of key employee benefit provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The act expands and extends certain COVID-19 relief, including new qualified disaster relief for retirement plan distributions and temporary special rules

Employee benefits professionals have faced many challenges in 2020.

The following update provides highlights of key developments that employers and other plan sponsors should consider as 2021 approaches. Read the full article.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employers to make unanticipated changes to their workforce, with many retailers rolling out a combination of furloughs, layoffs, and breaks in service to address changing market demands and shelter-in-place orders. Other retailers, particularly in grocery and online markets, saw an unplanned spike in demand, and went on a hiring

DOL has finalized a Notice and Access safe harbor for certain required disclosures to participants and beneficiaries of retirement plans. Employers may effectively rely on this safe harbor immediately. The safe harbor allows employers to provide more disclosures to more participants and beneficiaries via electronic means that was previously permissible. In addition to other requirements,