Employers who offer short-term and long-term disability plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and their plan administrators, need to prepare for the approaching April 1st deadline of the new claims handling regulations. Employer action items can be found in our article posted here. The ERISA regulations were effective January 2017, but were delayed until April 1, 2018. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed the ERISA disability claims administration regulations will not be delayed or revised further, according to the DOL’s recent announcement.
Jackson Lewis attorneys are available to assist employers, plan administrators, and TPAs to ensure compliance by April 1st.