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Ask the Experts: Holiday Pay for Sick Day

Question: Do we need to pay an employee who was scheduled to work on a holiday but called in sick and did not work? Answer: Wage and hour laws generally do not require employers to pay holiday pay (check state and local laws for your locality). As to nonexempt employees, an employer’s established policy and... Read more ›


Two New Types of HRAs Coming for 2020

On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury released an advance copy of a Final Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). It will be published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2019. The rule expands the types of HRAs that can be offered starting in 2020. Background... Read more ›

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Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)? Answer: The coverage continuation requirements... Read more ›

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Ask the Experts: Taxability of Reimbursements for Mileage

Question: Are amounts an employer reimburses employees for mileage taxable? Answer: They may be; the type of reimbursement plan will dictate whether reimbursement for business travel is or is not taxable. Both accountable plans and non-accountable plans allow an employer to reimburse employees for their business expenses. With an accountable plan, the reimbursement is not... Read more ›


Tips for Preparing Form 5500

At this time of year, many employers and benefit advisors begin preparing Form 5500, the annual report required for most employee benefit plans. Form 5500 must be filed with the federal government within seven months after the end of the plan year. For calendar-year plans, that means the plan’s 2018 Form 5500 is due July... Read more ›