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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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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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