Employee Benefits

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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FMLA Forms Updated by DOL

FMLA Forms Updated by DOL

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released updated model forms to help employers administer employee leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The DOL’s model FMLA forms contain an expiration date in the upper right corner. The expiration
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Association Health Plans (AHPs) Guidance from IRS and DOL

Association Health Plans (AHPs) Guidance from IRS and DOL

Both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) have issued new compliance guidance for association health plans (AHPs). On June 21, 2018, the DOL published a final rule that expands the ability of employers to join together
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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2018

Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2018

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable.
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Delaware Workers’ Compensation – Employer Responsibilities

Delaware Workers’ Compensation – Employer Responsibilities

Workers’ compensation is a system of no-fault insurance that provides medical and monetary benefits to employees for work-related injuries, diseases and deaths. Workers’ compensation is governed by state law and Delaware is no exception. The Delaware Workers’ Compensation Law (WCL)
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HDHP/HSA Limits Will Increase for 2019

HDHP/HSA Limits Will Increase for 2019

In May 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-30 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans (HDHP) for 2019. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit; The minimum deductible amount for
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PillPack to be Purchaed by Amazon

PillPack to be Purchaed by Amazon

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, Amazon announced that they will be purchasing the online pharmacy PillPack. Though the terms of the deal weren’t released, it is expected to close within the second half of this year. This is just the
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Health Advocacy Services

Health Advocacy Services

We all know how confusing health care can be. Between copays, eligible expenses and dense coverage policies, sometimes it feels like you need a master’s degree just to understand your hospital bill. And with high deductible health plans gaining popularity
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New Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

New Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided new resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The MHPAEA requires parity between mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits and medical and surgical benefits.
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Federal Court Rules Past Salary Cannot Justify Unequal Pay

Federal Court Rules Past Salary Cannot Justify Unequal Pay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that employers may not use salary history as a basis for paying one employee less than it pays another employee of the opposite gender for equal work resulting in
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Key HSA Features – 2018 Compliance

Key HSA Features – 2018 Compliance

A health savings account (HSA) is a popular type of tax-advantaged medical savings account available to individuals who are enrolled in high deductible health plans (HDHPs). Individuals can use their HSAs to pay for expenses that are covered under the
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Workplace Wellness Programs to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs

Workplace Wellness Programs to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs

By implementing workplace wellness initiatives, many companies are taking proactive measures to help with decreasing health issues affecting their employees. This is particularly important because of the following: The working population is aging, with the national average around 42 years
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