A Detailed Look at the Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package

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Updated January 14, 2021 Co-authored by Kelly Eckman Happy Holidays from Washington, D.C.! As an early holiday gift to Americans, Congress came together on December 21, 2020 to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”), notably the longest bill signed into law in history. The Act includes COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus provisions […]

What Employers Need to Know Now about Coronavirus Vaccine Updates

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Updated December 17, 2020. As has been widely publicized, at least three coronavirus vaccines have been developed and are ready for distribution. The vaccine manufacturers include pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZenica. Pfizer’s vaccine received emergency use approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 11, and distribution began on December […]

Sorting Through the Noise of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 20 was a big day in Washington and across the country with the passage of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The controversial legislation passed both houses of Congress strictly along partisan lines, and President Trump is expected to sign it in the coming days.

Pay or Play: Is Your Health Plan “Affordable” for 2018?

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provision—often called the employer mandate or “play or pay”—requires large employers to offer health coverage to their full-time employees or face a potential penalty. (Employers with fewer than 50 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees are exempt.) Large employers can avoid the risk of any play or pay penalties by […]

Compliance Update: The Cadillac Tax, PACE Act,and IRS Reporting

Benefits plan compliance is an ongoing process that should be paid attention to year round. Currently on our radar in 2016 is the Cadillac Tax, PACE Act, and IRS reporting. I sat down with fellow Managing Director Paul Ashley to discuss some of the recent changes and what we can expect down the road. Watch […]

Same-Sex Marriage: What’s Next for Benefit Plans?

Same-sex marriage has been a hot debate in Indiana over the last year. So it should come as no surprise—unless you’ve been living under a rock—that a decision has finally been made on the matter.

Top 5 HIPAA Workplace Questions

We recently hosted two HIPAA Privacy and Security Training workshops which were designed to help plan sponsors achieve full compliance before the September 23, 2013 deadline. During these workshops, we were asked lots of questions.