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How Does Your Company Compare? Download the 2015 Paid Time Off (PTO) Benchmarking Survey

While not all employers are legally obligated to provide paid vacation, it has become a common business practice to do so. In addition, some states — including Massachusetts — now have laws that mandate certain types of paid time off, such as sick time. Regardless, most employers must offer at least some amount and type [...]

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Reinsurance Fee Deadline Extended to December 19th

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance issuers and self-funded group health plans are required to fund a transitional reinsurance program. As a first step in that program, contributing entities must submit their 2014 enrollment counts. On December 5th, 2014, HHS announced that the submission deadline would be delayed once again. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. [...]

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News for Self-Funded Employers: HPID Requirement Delayed

On Oct. 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that enforcement of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) requirement is delayed until further notice. The initial deadline required self-funded employer group health plans (among other “covered entities”) to obtain an HPID by Nov. 5, 2014. CMS has not yet indicated if or when [...]

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OSHA Issues New Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

Effective January 1st, 2015, there are a number of new OSHA requirements that may impact your business. Here is a brief overview of some of the key rules: Employers will have to report a work-related fatality within eight hours Employers will have to report any inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye within 24 [...]

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Employer Compliance Alert: California Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees

On Sept. 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Beginning on July 1, 2015, employers will be required to provide paid sick days to employees who work 30 or more days in a calendar year. If this law applies to your business, here are a few key [...]

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DOL Proposes Rule to Expand FMLA Protections for Same-sex Spouses

On June 20th, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would expand protections under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for same-sex spouses. The primary change under the proposed rule involves revising the definition of “spouse” under the FMLA to: Adopt a “place of celebration” rule (which is based [...]

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Massachusetts Finalizes Repeal of State-Specific Health Care Reform “Pay or Play” Rules

To avoid duplication with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Massachusetts officially repealed the state’s own employer health care coverage rules on June 12th, 2014. Initially established in 2006, Massachusetts employers faced “pay or play” rules under the state’s Health Care Reform Act. Under the Fair Share Contribution rule, certain employers faced a penalty of up [...]

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DOL Updates Model COBRA Notices

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) released information that may impact your company’s compliance requirements regarding COBRA and the Affordable Care Act. The primary change involves making those who lose their group health insurance coverage and are eligible for COBRA aware of the Exchanges/Marketplaces that were established by the ACA. As a result, the DOL [...]

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Measuring Employee Engagement with HR Communications

As a Human Resources professional, the communications you share with employees often directly impact their health and welfare. This may include items regarding Open Enrollment, workplace wellness programs, safety guidelines and policies, benefits education, and more. Of course, getting employees to pay attention to and engage with your messages is not always easy. One of [...]

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PPACA News: Final Regulations Released on the 90-day Waiting Period Limit

In February 2014, final regulations on the 90-day waiting period limit rules under the Affordable Care Act were released. These rules prohibit group health plans and group health insurance issuers from applying any waiting period that exceeds 90 days. While the final regulations generally reflect earlier proposals, here is a summary of some of the key details: [...]

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