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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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Final Forms and Instructions for 2016 ACA Reporting Released

On September 30th, 2016, the IRS published final versions of Form 1094-C, Form 1095-C, and the final 2016 Instructions. Generally, these forms will be used by employers to report offers of health insurance coverage made to their full-time employees during the 2016 calendar year. There were only minor changes made to the 2016 version of [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for October 2016: Halloween Safety, Breast Cancer Awareness, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the October 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 October 2016 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: Breast Cancer [...]

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Massachusetts HR Compliance News: Large Employers Must Provide Paid Leave for Veterans on Veterans Day

Effective as of July 14, 2016, a new law in Massachusetts requires private employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to any veteran desiring to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence. Employers must allow these employees enough time to participate in these types of events in the community where [...]

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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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