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Get Ready for ACA Reporting Deadlines

For 2015, employers had extra time to complete their Section 6056 and Section 6055 reporting thanks to transition relief from the IRS. Of course, even with that extra time, there were still many challenges faced by employers and vendors regarding producing the forms and communicating the impact to employees. Regarding the need to next report [...]

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DOL Increases Penalties for Health Plan Violations

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an interim final rule that increases the penalty amounts that may be imposed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). These increases, which were designed to account for inflation, are associated with penalties for: Failing to file an annual Form 5500 Failing to provide the annual notice [...]

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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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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due by October 14, 2016

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, 2016. The creditable coverage disclosure notice must [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for September 2016: Retirement Fund Planning, Green Tea, Pokémon Go, and More

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

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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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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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Register Today: Seminar on HR Compliance and Influence – September 21st, 2016

We invite you to attend our next seminar on September 21st, 2016. We will have two highly renowned speakers that will provide guidance and insight on the topics of employer compliance and influencing others in the workplace. Please click here to register for the seminar today. Location: Hilton Hotel, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn, MA 01801 [...]

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IRS Issues Opt-out Payment Proposed Rules: Impact on Employer-Sponsored Coverage

The IRS recently issued proposed regulations regarding how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health coverage affordability requirements impact opt-out payments. The main items that employers should take note of include: Opt-out payments made under an unconditional opt-out arrangement will increase an employee’s required contribution Opt-out payments made under a conditional opt-out arrangement are disregarded in determining [...]

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Employee Benefits Infographic: Emergency Room or Urgent Care

As employers look to help reduce health care costs for their organization and their employees, it’s critical to ensure that a multi-channel, internal communication strategy is in place. Employers should look for ways to reach employees with content in a variety of ways — including online, mobile tools, one-on-one meetings, emails, printed materials, and more. [...]

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