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Employee Benefit News for School, City and County Employers

Rick Labian

Rick Labian lives by the Golden Rule – he is guided by what is best for his clients and treats others as he would like to be treated. Rick acts as an advisor and advocate for his clients, helping identify goals for their benefit programs and building a strategic plan together. Rick has a rich history with NIS. He has worked for NIS for over 20 years, leading the Eastern region. Rick is the Manager and leads the FBC Client Management Team. Rick’s leadership and experience aids our internal staff and all of NIS’ FBC clients. Rick is a licensed insurance agent and is ACA certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Recent Articles by Rick Labian

Guidance on Long COVID and Federal Laws

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The Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice issued joint guidance on the medical condition called “long COVID” and how it can be considered a...

Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care Issued

updated June 22, 2021

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS was developed to protect health...

ARPA COBRA Subsidy Model Notices and FAQs Issued

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has a new webpage which is dedicated to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COBRA subsidy. Here you can find FAQs and model notices. Employers may use...

New COBRA Subsidy Provisions

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Part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance under COBRA. COBRA requires group health plans to...

Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination Program Guidance

Revised April 20, 2021

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Although vaccine programs are not yet available to many employers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided some guidance regarding...


Transition Policy Extended for Non-ACA Compliant Health Plans

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The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the transition policy for certain health plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year...

Electronic Posting of Labor Law Notices

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Employers are required to provide their employees information about their rights regarding several Federal Labor laws. These include:


Dept of Labor Publishes Opinion Letters Regarding Employee Travel & Training

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The Department of Labor published two opinion letters regarding how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to employee pay relating to employee training or work travel.

Survey Highlights 2020 Employer-Sponsored Health Benefit Trends

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The Kaiser Family Foundation released a summary of their annual employer health benefits survey. The survey examines employer-sponsored health benefits trends and suggests how...

FFCRA Regulations Revised Due to Court Decision

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The Department of Labor revised paid sick leave and family medical leave regulations regarding the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Changes were...