September 2020: Stay Informed of HR Updates & Alerts

03.09.20 05:43 PM By Forsite Benefits



Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2020

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan's prescription drug coverage is creditable.


Plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare eligible individuals before Oct. 15, 2020 -- the start date of the annual enrollment period for Medicare part D. CMS has provided model disclosure notices for employers to use.


This notice is important because Medicare beneficiaries who are not covered by creditable prescription drug coverage and do not enroll in Medicare Part D when first eligible will likely pay higher premiums if they enroll at a later date. Although there are no specific penalties associated with this notice requirement, failing to provide the notice may be detrimental to employees.


Employers should confirm whether their health plans' prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable and prepare to send their Medicare Part D disclosure notices before Oct. 15, 2020. To make the process easier, employers often include medicare Part D notices in open enrollment packets they send out prior to Oct. 15.


Preparing For an Unprecedented Open Enrollment Period

Open enrollment following the COVID-19 pandemic will be unlike any other in recent memory. Many organizations are still trying to recover from extended closures and maintain safe working environments -- open enrollment is the last thing on their minds. Yet, procrastinating on enrollment planning can actually cause more issues than it solves.


Read this article on how to execute a safe & educational open enrollment >>>


Preparation will be a key factor for a successful open enrollment this year. Employers should talk to stakeholders early and prepare to answer any employee questions Employees will need to know exactly how they will be enrolling, when enrollment is happening and where they can find help. Solidifying this information early will keep everyone on the same page.


DOL Issues Guidance on Tracking Hours of Work for Remote Employees

On Aug. 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-5 to remind employers of their obligation to accurately account for the number of hours their employees work away from the employer's facilities. While the bulletin was issued in response to the high number of employees working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOL is also reminding employers that the underlying principles apply to other telework or remote work arrangements.


Compensable Time

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), requires employers to compensate their employees for all hours of work. Compensable time includes any hours an employee is requested or allowed to work, including telework or remote work.


For remote work situations, the bulletin clarifies that compensable time includes any time during which the employer knows or has reason to believe work is being performed, regardless of whether the work was authorized or requested.


Employer Obligations

As a result, under the FLSA employers have an obligation to track the number of hours their employees work. For this reason, employers must provide reasonable procedures for employees to report any scheduled and unscheduled hours of work. However, the DOL is of the opinion that "if an employee fails to report unscheduled hours of work through a reasonable process, the employer is not required to undergo impractical efforts to uncover unreported hours of work."


Finally, the bulletin emphasized that employers bear the burden of preventing an employee from completing unauthorized or unwanted work.


How to Make Your Job Posting Stand Out

Filling a job vacancy is a big task. Unfortunately, you get only one chance to make a first impression, and the job posting is often your very first contact with the potential employee. But how do you make your job posting stand out above the rest? 


Watch this video and learn five fast tips to make your job posting stand out.


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