Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) Must Be Distributed to Your Plan Participants
ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) requires employers who are plan administrators of their group health plans to comply with two important requirements or risk potential penalties and audits:
- Maintain and distribute Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) to plan participants which accurately reflect the contents of the plan and which include specific information as required under federal law.
- Group health plans must be administered in accordance with a written Plan Document which must be made available to plan participants and beneficiaries upon request.
What are the Penalties for Non-Compliance?
Employers/plan administrators may be liable for serious penalties if they don’t provide an SPD or have a current Plan Document:
- Failure to provide an SPD or Plan Document within 30 days of receiving a request from a plan participant or beneficiary can result in a penalty of up to $110/day per participant or beneficiary for each violation.
- Lack of an SPD could trigger a plan audit by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
- The DOL has increased its audit staff and national enforcement initiatives to investigate employers’ compliance with Health Care Reform, resulting in companies of all sizes being audited and being required to provide an SPD and Plan Document.
Typically, the cost to develop an SPD and Plan Document can be very expensive–but we have solved this problem with a sophisticated system developed together with a major ERISA law firm that makes it easyand economical to comply with federal requirements.
BenefitHelp will provide you with a Wrap SPD and Wrap Plan Document which are designed to wrap around existing certificates of insurance and benefit plan booklets to provide the required provisions and information necessary to comply with ERISA. To be compliant, the Wrap SPD and accompanying benefit plan component documents must be distributed to plan participants.
What Makes Our Additional HR & Compliance Resources Diﬀerent?
Our toolbox is a completely customizable go-to resource for your HR and Compliance needs. You can tailor the experience through our various modules based on your unique demands.
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