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New Department of Labor Regulation Expands Access to Employee Benefits

The rule, overseen by the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, modifies the definition of “employer” under ERISA regarding entities that could sponsor group health and benefit coverage.

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Employer Associations, TPAs, Professional Employee Organizations (PEOs) and Multi-Employer Plans (MEPs) now have a compass to provide qualified benefits based on a series of Department of Labor Regulations 83 FR 28912 (6-21-18), RIN 1210-AB88, Executive Order Aug. 31,2018, IRS proposed regulations and Advisory Opinions. The Department of Labor (DOL) published a complex set of proposed regulations at the end of June and October 2018, under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, with the stated goal of expanding access to benefits and saving options by clarifying what employer group, association, and PEO may sponsor and fund as workplace benefit plans.

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