Employee Benefits

New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the Senate Health Committee proposed a bipartisan bill called the Lower Health Care Costs Act. This bill sets out to address surprise medical billing, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and the overall cost of
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Mental Health Support for Employees through HR

Mental Health Support for Employees through HR

An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. While mental health includes mental illness, the two aren’t interchangeable. An employee can go through a period of poor mental health but
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FAQs on the New Overtime Exemption Proposed Rule

FAQs on the New Overtime Exemption Proposed Rule

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements, as follows: The minimum salary level
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Measles Outbreak Expands: What You Need to Know

Measles Outbreak Expands: What You Need to Know

More than 465 people from 19 states—the majority of whom are children—have been infected by the measles in the United States this year. This outbreak is now the second-highest total number of cases since the disease was declared eliminated in
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Amazon Purchases with Your HSA or FSA

Amazon Purchases with Your HSA or FSA

Online retailer Amazon recently announced that you can now use your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to purchase eligible medical products on its site. Amazon’s FSA and HSA stores enable you to add your respective health
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Chiropractic Medical Services: Offering On-site

Chiropractic Medical Services: Offering On-site

As employee wellness continues to be a high priority for employers nationwide, many are turning to offering on-site medical clinics that can provide health care services to employees in a convenient location at the workplace. In fact, the National Business
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HIPAA Enforcement: Record 2018

HIPAA Enforcement: Record 2018

In 2018, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. The enforcement actions resulted in an all-time record year for OCR, with enforcement
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ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies

ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, after it passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. This tax reform bill makes significant
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EEOC Removes Incentive Limits from Final Wellness Plan Rules

EEOC Removes Incentive Limits from Final Wellness Plan Rules

On Dec. 20, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) removed the incentive limits from its final wellness plan rules. The rules allowed employers to offer wellness incentives of up to 30 percent of the cost of health plan coverage.
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ACA Remains in Place After being Struck Down by Federal Court

ACA Remains in Place After being Struck Down by Federal Court

On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal court judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. The decision was not stayed, but
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Extended IRS Furnishing Deadline for ACA Reporting

Extended IRS Furnishing Deadline for ACA Reporting

On Nov. 29, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-94 to: Extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2018 from Jan. 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019; and Extend good-faith transition relief
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Workplace Safety Boosted by Technology

Workplace Safety Boosted by Technology

More than 14 people a day died while doing their jobs in 2016, highlighting the need for safety and procedural enhancements at their workplaces. Employers are starting to embrace new technology, such as the following, in an effort to improve
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Proposed Rule Would Expand Options for HRAs

Proposed Rule Would Expand Options for HRAs

On Oct. 23, 2018, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule that would expand the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Effective in 2020, the proposed rule would: Allow
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Frequent Check-ins: Rethinking Performance Reviews

Frequent Check-ins: Rethinking Performance Reviews

It’s no secret that employees and employers alike have reservations about annual performance reviews. Some employees view them as a waste of time and many employers find it difficult to argue against that. According to management research firm CEB, 42
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ACA Reporting Final Forms for 2018 Released

ACA Reporting Final Forms for 2018 Released

In late Sept. 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2018 ACA forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2018 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (and related instructions) are used by applicable large
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