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New Expiration Date for Health Insurance Exchange Notices

To help your company meet its compliance requirements, we’d like to inform you that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended the effective date of its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices through March 31, 2017. Previously, these model notices expired on February 28, 2017. Employers may click here to download [...]

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Updated Version of Form I-9 Released

On November 14th, 2016, an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form) was released. Employers will be allowed to continue using the current form (which was most recently revised in 2013) until January 21, 2017. Employers are thus expected to use the revised form exclusively by January 22, 2017. Form Changes and [...]

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Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice Now Available: Updated as of July 31

An updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now available for download. The notice is current as of July 31, 2016. It includes details on how employees can contact their state for additional information regarding these programs and how [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for July 2016: FDA and E-cigarettes, SPF Claims, Food Labels, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the July 2016 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. The articles within the July 2016 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: FDA Moves to Regulate the Sale of E-cigarettes SPF Claims Fall Short For Many Sunscreens Food [...]

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IRS Releases 2017 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits

The IRS has announced the 2017 annual contribution amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Individuals: In 2017, the maximum annual contribution will be $3,400 Families: In 2017, the maximum annual contribution will be $6,750 This represents a $50 increase for individuals over the 2016 contribution limit. However, the limit for families is not being changed. [...]

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ACA News: Out-of-Pocket Maximum Increases Announced for 2017

On February 29th, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017. This rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable for the 2017 benefit year, including standards relating to annual limitations on cost-sharing. The ACA requires the out-of-pocket [...]

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Reminder to Employers: Post OSHA 300A Summary by February 1, 2016

Is your organization subject to the recordkeeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)? If so, please take note of the upcoming posting deadline regarding the OSHA Form 300A Summary. Applicable employers are required to post the document from February 1st through April 30th, 2016. The Form 300A document primarily lists the [...]

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Minimum Wage Rate Increases for 2016

Will your organization be impacted by minimum wage rate changes in 2016? Below is a list of which states have announced rate changes that will be effective early in 2016, along with their new rate (per hour) as of January 1st, 2016: NY: $9.00 AK: $9.75 AR: $8.00 CA: $10.00 CO: $8.31 CT: $9.60 HI: $8.50 [...]

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November 2015: HR Brief Newsletter: Preventing Workplace Violence, The ADA, and Employee Engagement

We’re happy to report that our clients may now download the November 2015 edition of the HR Brief newsletter. This monthly newsletter provides a brief overview of timely topics that may impact your organization. Here are the key articles that you’ll find in the November 2015 edition of HR Brief: Preventing Workplace Violence: Provides guidance [...]

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Webinar Recording: ACA and Cash for Health Insurance Premium Payments

Under the Affordable Care Act, employer payment plans and certain other employer health care arrangements are considered group health plans that do not comply with many of the ACA’s key market reforms. This includes the annual dollar limit prohibition and preventive services requirements. For employers that are still paying for their employees’ individual health plan premiums, they are [...]

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