Health and Welfare Law Alert – COVID – 19

DOL Issues Guidance on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid FMLA Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act The DOL has issued a series of FAQs that provide guidance for employers administering the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“ESPL”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (“EFMLA”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Background.  […]

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Proposed HRA Regulations

The IRS has issued Notice 2018-88 (the “Notice”) to provide guidance on its proposed Health Reimbursement Account (“HRA”) regulations and their application to two Internal Revenue Code requirements: the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) employer mandate penalties (i.e., Code Section 4980H) and the nondiscrimination rules for self-funded group health plans (i.e., Code Section 105(h)). Background.  IRS, […]

IRS Releases 2019 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans, Health FSA and HSA Limits Increase

The IRS has released the 2019 inflation-adjusted limits for certain employee welfare benefit plans and the dollar amounts used for certain discrimination tests. Health FSAs.  The limit for employee salary reduction contributions for health flexible spending account coverage for 2019 is $2,700, an increase of $50 over the amount for 2018. Health Savings Accounts.  The […]

Health and Welfare Law Alerts

ERISA Does Not Preempt State’s Unfair Trade Practices and Mental Health Parity Laws In Hansen v. Group Health Plan Cooperative, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a state’s unfair trade practices and mental health parity laws will not be preempted by ERISA unless certain requirements are met. Facts:  A group of psychiatric service […]

New website launched!

Paul Global Benefits (PGB) is proud to officially announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, The main objective of our site redesign is to help companies find the right balance between cost and care for all of your global benefits needs. Our top priority is YOU. We hope that you find the site informative and […]