Category Archives: Compliance

Legal Alert: Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentives Rules Effective January 1, 2019

In an opinion dated December 20, 2017, in American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) v. EEOC, the federal court in the District of Columbia vacated, effective January 1, 2019, the portions of the final regulations that the EEOC issued last … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Forms 1095, Extends Good Faith Transition Relief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2018-6, extending the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018, as well as penalty relief for good-faith reporting errors. The due date … Continue reading

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2017 Compliance Year End Review – What to Expect in 2018

2017 has been a very interesting year in regards to politics and economics. Early in the year, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. That in and of itself has provided enough material to … Continue reading

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TAKE NOTICE: IRS Getting Ready to Send “Pay or Play” Penalty Letters to ALEs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 included an Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (ESRP) provision mandating that Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must provide affordable, minimum value, minimum essential health coverage to at least 95% of its full-time employees (and … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Legal Alert: REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due by July 31, 2017

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2017 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: House Republicans Pass American Health Care Act; Bill Heads to Senate for Further Consideration

On Thursday, May 4, by a vote of 217 to 213 (with 20 Republicans voting against the bill), the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals and replaces significant portions of … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: President Trump Issues Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act

President Trump moved swiftly after taking office on Friday, issuing an Executive Order intended to minimize the economic and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  The order is somewhat symbolic and has no immediate effect on employers, many … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Congress Passes Law Expanding use of HRAs by Small Employers

On December 7, 2016, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), an omnibus measure that includes the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (“Relief Act”), which significantly expands small employers’ options for providing health coverage. The Cures Act passed … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Judge Blocks Overtime Rule Set to Take Effect December 1

On Tuesday, November 22 a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) from implementing its new overtime rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016.  The rule would have affected approximately 4 million executive, … Continue reading

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IRS Provides a 30-Day Extension for Furnishing Forms 1095 and Extends Good Faith Transition Relief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2016-70, which extends the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2017 to March 2, 2017.  The Notice did not delay the due date for filing the forms … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: Post-Election Returns: What Now for Obamacare?

The votes have been counted and Donald Trump is the president-elect and Republicans control Congress.  Among the many questions around the proverbial watercooler is what now for “Obamacare”?  While it is impossible for anyone to predict the future, we undertake … Continue reading

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IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2017, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits

On October 25, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2016-55, which raised the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit to $2,600 for plan years beginning in 2017. The Revenue Procedure also released the cost-of-living (COLA) … Continue reading

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