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DOL ERISA Plan Penalties Increase for 2022

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DOL ERISA Plan Penalties Increase for 2022

The following updated Department of Labor (DOL) penalties are applicable to health and welfare plans subject to ERISA for 2022.

Employers are advised to review their plans to ensure compliance with ERISA’s requirements to avoid penalties, as outlined in the reference chart below.

Violation

2021 Penalty Amounts

2022 Penalty Amounts

Failure or refusal to file an annual report (Form 5500) with the DOL (unless a filing exemption applies)

Up to $2,259 per day

Up to $2,400 per day

Failure of a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) to file an annual report (Form M-1) with the DOL

Up to $1,644 per day

Up to $1,746 per day

Failure to furnish plan-related information requested by the DOL

Up to $161 per day, not to exceed $1,613 per request

Up to $171 per day, not to exceed $1,713 per request

Failure to provide the annual notice* regarding Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage opportunities

Up to $120 per day for each failure**

Up to $127 per day for each failure**

Failure to timely disclose information to a state regarding group health plan coverage of an individual who is covered under a Medicaid or CHIP plan

Up to $120 per day for each failure**

Up to $127 per day for each failure**

Failure to provide Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

Up to $1,190 per failure

Up to $1,264 per failure

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) failures

 

- Failure to comply with the requirements GINA for health plans

$120 per participant or beneficiary per day

$127 per participant or beneficiary per day

- De minimis GINA failures not corrected prior to notice from the DOL

$3,005 per participant (minimum)

$3,192 per participant (minimum)

- GINA failures which are not corrected prior to notice from the DOL and are not de minimis

$18,035 per participant (minimum)

$19,157 per participant (minimum)

- GINA failure penalty cap on unintentional failures

$601,152

$638,556

Reach out to your Risk Strategies account team with any questions.


* This notice applies to employers with group health plans that cover residents of states that provide a premium assistance subsidy under CHIP

** Each participant/beneficiary is a separate violation


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