Frequently Asked Questions about Employees’ Reduction in Hours

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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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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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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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