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Posts from Our CPI-HR Professionals

CVS Health to Buy Aetna?

November 13, 2017

The healthcare industry has been buzzing with rumors surrounding CVS Health’s possible purchase of Aetna.  Here are some of the questions people are asking: 1) Why would CVS Health and Aetna want to become one company? Aetna has about 45 … Continue reading

UPDATED Legal Alert: IRS Updates Employer Mandate FAQs: Indicates that Penalty Letters are Imminent

November 7, 2017

This is an update of our November 7, 2017 Alert to include issuance of Form Letter 226J. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions … Continue reading

Legal Alert: IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2018, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits

October 24, 2017

On October 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-58, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,650 for plan years beginning in 2018. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living … Continue reading

Legal Alert: President Trump Issues Executive Order on ACA, Separately Attempts to End Cost-Sharing Payments to Insurers

October 19, 2017

On October 12, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the federal agencies in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to propose new regulations or revise existing guidance to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), short-term insurance plans, … Continue reading

Trump Signs Executive Order to Dismantle Obamacare

October 16, 2017

An executive order was signed by President Donald Trump on October 12th for the purpose of exploring ways to expand rules for association health plans (AHP), to revise existing Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules in order to allow for the … Continue reading

Three Ways Employers Can Be Proactive About Opioids in the Workplace

Opioid abuse can be linked to absenteeism and loss of productivity in the workplace, costing U.S. employers more than $10 billion annually, according to Castlight Health’s in-depth study on employer-based medical and pharmacy claims. Not to mention, opioid abusers cost … Continue reading

Is Your Workplace Harassment Policy Up To Date?

We often see clients who need to update their employee handbooks or policies and we have resources available at CPI-HR to meet those needs.  One very prevalent topic currently in the news that has a lot of employers looking into … Continue reading

ACA Tax Money to Fund Cleveland-Based Research on Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the creation of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  Beginning in 2012, fully-insured plan sponsors have been billed a fee of $1 per covered employee per year by their insurance … Continue reading

Legal Alert: Trump Administration Releases Guidance on ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

October 11, 2017

On October 6, 2017, The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (the “Departments”) released interim final regulations allowing employers and insurance companies to decline to cover contraceptives under their health plans based on a religious … Continue reading

What You Need to Know About New York Paid Family Leave

September 18, 2017

All employers need to be aware of a new requirement beginning on January 1, 2018…the New York Paid Family Leave Law (PFL). The PFL effects any employer with one or more employees working in New York State and provides paid … Continue reading

Are Your Managers “Familiar” with FMLA?

Failure to comply with employment law can be a costly mistake.  Although compliance typically falls to the HR department, it is imperative that managers be trained on employment law topics, especially the Family Medical Leave Act. Consider the case of … Continue reading


One of the biggest frustrations that I hear from employers is that their health insurance carrier does not provide them with the data that they need in order to best manage their healthcare plan.  One of our distinct “value propositions” … Continue reading

Legal Alert: Court Requires EEOC to Substantiate 30% Limit on Wellness Program Incentives

September 11, 2017

On August 22, 2017, a federal court in the District of Columbia ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider the limits it placed on wellness program incentives under final regulations the agency issued last year under the Americans with … Continue reading

What Safety Regulations Apply to Your Business?

September 8, 2017

When it comes to workplace safety, ignorance is no defense. OSHA safety and health regulations often apply to all businesses, regardless of size. If you’re not sure which regulations apply to your business, OSHA provides some resources. It has created … Continue reading

OSHA Extends Electronic Form 300A Filing Compliance Date

The extension is being made to give the new administration an opportunity to review reporting requirements. At the end of June, OSHA filed a proposal to delay the compliance date of its rule entitled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and … Continue reading