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Rhode Island’s Earned Paid Sick Leave Law Effective July 1, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, Rhode Island employers will need to comply with the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act. We encourage all impacted clients to log-in to the CBGconnect portal and download our detailed Compliance Bulletin on this topic. For your reference, below is a brief overview of this Act. Rhode Island employers with [...]

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Attorney General Issues Guidance on Massachusetts Pay Equity Legislation

Effective July 1, 2018, a number of significant changes to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act  will start to impact employers. As a brief overview, the changes to the law primarily focus on: Requiring equal pay for comparable work: The new law defines “comparable work” as any work that requires “substantially similar skill, effort and responsibility, and is performed [...]

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ACA Reporting for 2017: Furnishing Deadline Delayed

On December 22, 2017, the IRS issued a notice that primarily impacts applicable large employers. Specifically, the notice: Extends the due date for furnishing Form 1095-C for 2017 to individuals from Jan. 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018 Extends good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2017 information reporting under Section 6056 The notice does [...]

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Medicare Part D Notice: October 14, 2017 Deadline Reminder

In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers that sponsor group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable. This year, plan sponsors must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals by October 14, 2017. The creditable coverage disclosure notice must [...]

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Senate Releases the Better Care Reconciliation Act

On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal is being called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Debate is currently occurring that will impact whether and when a vote may be taken regarding this Act. While some [...]

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House Passes ACA ‘Repeal and Replace’ Bill; Senate to Begin Deliberations

In a first step toward potentially repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, 2017. The bill will now be sent to the Senate. It is likely that the Senate will make changes to the proposed legislation before taking a vote. Until [...]

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Medicare Part D Disclosure to CMS: March 1, 2017 Deadline Reminder

Each year, applicable employers are required to complete an online disclosure with CMS and report whether their health plan’s prescription drug coverage is Medicare Part D creditable or non-creditable. Plan sponsors are required to report 60 days after the start of the plan year. Thus, if you renewed January 1, 2017, this year’s deadline is [...]

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ACA Reporting for 2016: Deadline Extension Announced for Form 1095-C Distribution

On November 18th, 2016, the IRS announced a deadline extension that may benefit employers that need to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Reporting Requirements. Here are the main two changes that were announced: The due date for distributing Form 1095-C documents to employees has been extended from January 31, 2017 to March 2, [...]

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New Hampshire Law Prohibits Retaliation Based on Flexible Work Schedule Requests

Under a new law in New Hampshire, an employer may not retaliate against an employee solely because he or she requests a flexible work schedule. This law will is effective September 1, 2016. The law does not require an employer to accommodate a flexible work schedule, nor does it create a cause of action for [...]

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Harvard Pilgrim Partners with Doctor on Demand to Offer Telemedicine Services

Effective July 1st, 2016, employers that work with Harvard Pilgrim to provide health insurance to their employees may now further promote the option of using telemedicine to receive health care. Harvard Pilgrim announced that they have partnered with Doctor on Demand, a national telemedicine provider group. Through DOD’s technology, members have the option to see a [...]

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