Frequently Asked Questions about Employees’ Reduction in Hours

The Section 125 cafeteria plan regulations and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) require employers to take certain actions when an employee reduces hours. Below are answers to some common questions. Coverage During a Stability Period Q1: An employer has an employee who is reducing hours below 30 hours per week. The employee […]

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21st Century Cures Act

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act has numerous components, but employers should be aware of the impact the Act will have on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as well as provisions that will impact how small employers can use health reimbursement […]

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Compliance Recap // May 2016

After a quiet few months, federal agencies were quite busy during the month of May, issuing four important final rules that impact employers. Specifically, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the long-awaited revisions to the white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final […]

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Compliance Recap // February 2016

Despite having an extra day, February 2016 remained relatively quiet in regard to compliance and employee benefit plans. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the awaited proposed revisions to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template and its instructions. The 2016 poverty guidelines (also referred to as the FPL) were released by the Department […]

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Reminder – 2016 ACA Reporting Requirements

Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) (Section 6055) and Large Employer (Section 6056) reporting are required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administer compliance with the individual and employer mandates. The insurance carrier is responsible for MEC reporting on individuals covered under fully insured health plans. Employer clients are responsible for […]

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Compliance Recap // September 2015

Compliance Recap September 2015 After a slow summer, federal agencies picked up the pace in September, with a large assortment of guidance, proposed rules, and updated forms and instructions. Nondiscrimination regulations were proposed, a temporary safe harbor was announced for summary and benefits of coverage, and the 2015 6055/6056 reporting forms and instructions were finalized, […]

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Perfect Attendance! How to Handle Leaves of Absence under the ACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility penalties. An ALE is an employer with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees (for 2015, this threshold is 100). A full-time employee is an employee who […]

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Ideas and Information for Human Resource Professionals

Technology – Proprietary & Confidential You know what they say about people who assume. When it comes to a company’s intellectual property, never assume anything. Just because you think something is proprietary and confidential doesn’t mean that it is, or that someone else will feel the same way you do. That’s why it’s a good […]

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Veterans with TRICARE; VA Coverage Won’t Count Toward Applicable Large Employer Status

The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act (STVHCC) of 2015 was signed into law by President Obama on July 31, 2015. The Act, also known as H.R. 3236, is focused on surface transportation programs but affects rules regarding how to count employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as […]

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