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Promoting Your Employee Benefits Package to Potential Hires

Is your company looking for new ways to promote its employee benefits package during the recruitment process? If so, you may find a number of the tips in this new article from eBix helpful. Entitled “5 Tips for Communicating Your Benefits Package When You Make a Job Offer“, this article includes quotes from Chris Costello, [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for January 2017: New Year’s Resolutions, Annual Benefit Changes, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the January 2017 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. It covers topics dealing with prevention strategies, safety, physical injuries, nutrition, and more. The specific articles within the January 2017 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: New Year’s [...]

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2018 Employee Benefits Cost-Sharing Limits Released

On December 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018. This rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable for the 2018 benefit year. This includes details regarding the annual limitations on cost-sharing. The ACA requires the [...]

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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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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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Employee Wellness Newsletter for December 2016: Holiday Stress, Office Camaraderie and Your Health, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the December 2016 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. It covers topics dealing with prevention strategies, safety, physical injuries, nutrition, and more. The specific articles within the December 2016 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: Reduce Your [...]

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Reminder: New ADA Wellness Program Notice Requirement Effective January 1, 2017

Employers that are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — generally those with 15 or more employees — that offer a wellness program that collects employee health information are reminded that they must provide a new notice to employees as of the first day of the plan year that begins on or after [...]

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Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court; Implementation Delayed

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas halted the enforcement of the DOL’s new overtime rule until further notice. The rule, which was set to take effect on December 1, 2016, would have increased the salary threshold for the “white collar overtime exemptions” to $47,476 per year. While the judge’s preliminary injunction may [...]

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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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ACA Reinsurance Fee Deadline Reminder: November 15, 2016

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers that sponsor certain self-insured group health plans are subject to the Transitional Reinsurance Program. (For a detailed overview,all clients are encouraged to log-in to the CBGconnect portal and download our Compliance Bulletin.) The information below highlights two key steps that your company may need to take regarding the upcoming November 15th, 2016 deadline. [...]

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