The Self-Funded Plan’s Guide To Gender-Affirming Coverage

By Tim Kennedy and Anne Tyler Hall (October 31, 2023) In recent years, the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of individuals identifying as transgender.[1] With this development, there also has been increased attention on transgender rights and protections, as well as an increase in the demand for employer-sponsored group health plans, or GHPs, to cover gender-affirmation benefits. Whether or how a GHP Read More

Secure an Employee Plan’s Future by Proactively Self-Correcting

By Grant Shuman and Anne Tyler Hall, Hall Benefits Law SECURE 2.0 provides retirement plan sponsors an avenue to control the narrative in resolving any compliance issues under EPCRS, say Grant Shuman and Anne Tyler Hall of Hall Benefits Law. Retirement plan sponsors can take advantage of new and expanded self-correction remedies under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System even before the IRS releases Read More

September Brings 5 Appellate Benefits Arguments To Watch

By Kellie Mejdrich Law360 (September 1, 2023, 7:22 PM EDT) -- In September, federal appeals courts have set oral arguments on several important employee benefits disputes from workers claiming violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and a D.C. Circuit panel will be asked to determine whether Rite Aid violated labor law when changing union retirees' health benefits. Here are five appellate Read More

HBL Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

ATLANTA, July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Boutique ERISA and employment law firm Hall Benefits Law (HBL), serving employer plan sponsors and benefit service provider clients in 40 states, is proud to announce its national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Greater Women's Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC Certification is Read More

4 Major Benefits Policy Developments In The First Half Of 2023

By Kellie Mejdrich Law360 (June 16, 2023, 2:52 PM EDT) -- Congress and the Biden Administration took several key actions that made an impact on employee benefits policy in the first six months of 2023, including advancing federal legislation cracking down on pharmacy benefit managers, ending emergency designations tied to the coronavirus pandemic, and proposing rules for group health plans on contraceptive Read More

Recent State and Federal Scrutiny Presents Unique Opportunity for Plan Sponsor PBM Agreement Negotiation

By Anne Tyler Hall, Grant Shuman, and Tim Kennedy* INTRODUCTION: THE PBM LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY FIRESTORM Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and their fee generation methods have been controversial for some time. More recently, however, PBMs have begun receiving considerable scrutiny from all sides. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Senate have opened parallel probes of ‘‘alleged anticompetitive Read More

Breaking Down SECURE Act 2.0: Plan Sponsor Considerations to Avoid a Long-Term Part-Time Mess

By Philip Koehler and Anne Tyler Hall* Expanding access to retirement plans for the American workforce has been a recurring policy objective of federal pension reform at least as far back as the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘ERISA’’). The legislative history of ERISA and its progeny has laid down an historical record of the challenges Congress faced to ensure that Read More

How Employers Can Leverage Retirement Law Changes

By Anne Tyler Hall and Phil Koehler (March 29, 2023) The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or SECURE, Act 2.0, enacted at the end of 2022, ushered in some of the most sweeping changes for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts since the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security of 1974, as amended. Some of the changes are immediate while others become effective in 2024 Read More

No Surprises Act Gives Plan Sponsors Savings Opportunities

By Grant Shuman, Tim Kennedy and Anne Tyler Hall (March 22, 2023, 5:36 PM EDT) The No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and made effective Jan. 1, 2022, was designed to protect patients from surprise bills for emergency services at out-of-network facilities — or out- of-network providers at in-network facilities — holding patients liable only for in-network Read More

HBL Adds Renowned Los Angeles ERISA Attorney to Of Counsel Ranks

ATLANTA, GA – Serving employers in thirty-nine states, boutique ERISA law firm Hall Benefits Law (HBL) welcomes Los Angeles-based attorney Alex M. Brucker to the Firm as Of Counsel. Brucker boasts almost fifty years as an employee benefits attorney, lecturer, and author, having begun his career in benefits law in 1974, the same year ERISA was enacted. He has been recognized seventeen consecutive years Read More