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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

Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test Guidance

1.5 minute read

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance regarding the requirements to cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests for...

COBRA Deadline Extension Relief Guidance Clarified

1.5 minute read

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Emergency Relief was issued regarding COBRA deadline extensions for electing coverage and paying premiums. The IRS issued Notice 2021-58 which...

2021 FFCRA Leave Reporting Guidance

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The IRS issued Notice 2021-53 which provides employer guidance about reporting of 2021 Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) leave wages.

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: