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House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

Update: On March 24, 2017, House Republican leaders withdrew the legislation this is discussed in this article before it could be voted on. On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills that are collectively known as the American Health Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to [...]

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Massachusetts Employment Law Update: 2017 Transit Benefits Exclusion Amounts

For 2017, Massachusetts has issued a Technical Information Release regarding the personal income tax exclusion amounts for employer-provided parking, transit pass, and commuter highway vehicle benefits allowed to employees. The Massachusetts monthly exclusion amounts for taxable years beginning in 2017 are: $255 for employer-provided parking $135 for combined transit pass and commuter highway vehicle transportation [...]

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Final Forms and Instructions for 2016 ACA Reporting Released

On September 30th, 2016, the IRS published final versions of Form 1094-C, Form 1095-C, and the final 2016 Instructions. Generally, these forms will be used by employers to report offers of health insurance coverage made to their full-time employees during the 2016 calendar year. There were only minor changes made to the 2016 version of [...]

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HR Compliance News: Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Act

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Pay Equity Act”). The main purpose of the law is strengthen the state’s existing equal pay law and to impose certain new obligations and limitations on employers. While this law will not be effective until July 1, [...]

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Happy 4th of July from the CBG Benefits Team

On behalf of the entire team at CBG Benefits, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a Happy 4th of July holiday weekend. I hope that you are able to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. As an independent full-service employee benefits brokerage firm, we are quite thankful to [...]

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EEOC Finalizes Workplace Wellness Rules Under ADA and GINA

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules that describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer-sponsored wellness programs. In addition, a sample notice was released on June 16th to help employers comply with the new rules. We encourage all [...]

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ACA Compliance Reminder for Employers: Filing Deadline with the IRS

Leading up to the deadline on March 31st, 2016, many employers and vendors were still working diligently to meet the IRS’ requirements to distribute Form 1095-C documents to applicable employees. While that specific deadline has passed, there is still another important deadline regarding the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements that employers need to take [...]

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We’ve Moved! New Address for CBG Benefits

I have some exciting news to share — CBG Benefits has moved to a new location. To accommodate our growth, we have moved to a bigger suite within the same building. Effective April 4th, 2016, our mailing address is now: CBG Benefits Group, Inc. 800 West Cummings Park Suite 4000 Woburn, MA 01801 Since 1999, [...]

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