Category By:- Compliance

A Detailed Look at the Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package

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...
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ACA Affordability Rates for 2021

While you may be in the thick of navigating the coronavirus and what it means for your organization and employees, it's important to remember that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still in place. One of the important provisions of...
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Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements

As we head into another year of reporting, it's important to once again familiarize yourself with the basics on Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting to ensure your organization is in compliance. This is especially important for organizations who may have...
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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...
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Don't Miss These Important Benefit Compliance Deadlines

It’s that time of year again when schools are dismissing and summer vacation is on the brain. It would be nice if benefits compliance could take a break for the summer too, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. One of...
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Form 1095-C: Communicating to Employees

Between Christmas and New Year’s, the IRS announced a delay for employers to issue Form 1095-C to employees. The deadline is now March 31, 2016; however, some employers have decided to stick with the original January 31, 2016 deadline and...
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Handling Employees Fearful of Returning to the Workplace

As stay-at-home orders are lifted and workplaces across the nation reopen, HR professionals face a new challenge unique to the pandemic: handling employees who are fearful of returning due to COVID-19. First, let's make sure everyone's on the same page....
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Hospital Pricing Rule is a Step in the Right Direction

It seemed like a good idea: "Since so many people are frustrated by healthcare pricing that can seem secretive and arcane, let’s require hospitals to make their prices public."And that’s exactly what the federal government did with the rule that...
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New FLSA Overtime Rules: Emotional Impact

If you are like me, you have been bombarded with notifications that the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations have been issued and employers must comply as of December 1, 2016. Whew! Let’s all take a deep breath and...
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Other Business Impacts of the Proposed FLSA Changes

A few things you might not have thought about regarding proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act On June 30, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) released its proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations....
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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...
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Reporting Requirements for Employers with a High Deductible Health Plan

Updated December 16, 2020. If your organization sponsored a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with employees contributing to a health savings account (HSA), there are unique reporting requirements you must follow to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act....
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Required Annual Compliance Notices for Employees

Updated December 15, 2020 As the majority of employers head into Open Enrollment season, it’s important to look at a few year-end compliance reminders to try to stay ahead of the game. Even if you operate a non-calendar year plan,...
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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...
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The Ins and Outs of Health Savings Accounts

With many employers moving to high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to control plan costs, many employees are gaining access to health savings accounts (HSAs) for the first time. HSAs are a hot topic in the benefits world these days. Whether...
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Top 10 Blogs from 2016

It's hard to believe 2017 is almost here! This year has been quite crazy with many surprising twists and turns.  Proposed changes to FLSA legislation. Insurance companies dropping out of the Individual Marketplace. Trump elected as president. The list could...
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W-2 Reporting Planning and Guidance

Updated December 17, 2020. As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many employers have Form W-2 reporting requirements. As you head into a new year, here's a refresher on the three requirements you need to know. 1. Reporting the...
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What Employers Need to Know Now about Coronavirus Vaccine Updates

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...
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Workplace Trends for 2017 [Video]

It’s that time of year again when we share the workplace trends we see emerging for employers. While there’s some uncertainty going into 2017—like a new president—the best plan will be to stick with what we know works: Working with...
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