ACA COMPLIANCE

ACA Compliance IRS CONFIRMS ACA MANDATE PENALTIES STILL EFFECTIVE   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandate penalties. These letters clarify that: Employer shared responsibility penalties continue to apply for applicable large employers (ALEs) that fail to…

Fact File July/August

Fact File July/August Burden of Inpatient Safety and Adverse Outcomes An estimated 223,204 patient safety adverse events occurred among 38,345,099 civilian inpatients in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015, a rate of about 6 events per 1,000 inpatients. At the national level, we estimate that the following maybe attributable to the 13 potentially preventable patient safety…

Benefit Buzz – August

Benefit Buzz – August HIPAA Cyber Attack Response Checklist The DOL plans to revisit the overtime rule and use a lower salary threshold. However, in the meantime, the DOL asked that the court validate its authority to determine salary thresholds to be used in future rules. It is uncertain what the new threshold might be.…

Compliance Overview – August

Compliance Overview – August Dependent Care Assistance Programs Most DCAPs are designed so that employees make contributions on a pre-tax basis through a Section 125 cafeteria plan. These contributions are commonly referred to as “salary reduction contributions.” Employers may also decide to make their own contributions to employees’ DCAP accounts, subject to certain nondiscrimination requirements.…

Workplace Wellness: Why Promote Wellness?

Why Promote Wellness? According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Education Trust, 81 percent of large employers and 49 percent of small employers offer wellness programs to their employees.  These programs aim to improve employees’ well-being by encouraging them to lose weight, stop smoking or make other…

National Heath Observances-August

National Heath Observances-August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month American Academy of Ophthalmology 415-561-8534 http://aao.org/eyesmart Live Well, Work Well flyers: Children’s Health: Sports Safety Children’s Health: UV Protection Children’s Health: Vision Care Sports Safety: Eye Protection   Gastroparesis Awareness Month International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders 414-964-1799 http://aboutgastroparesis.org/   Click on the link below to…

HR Brief-August

HR Brief-August The Importance of Becoming a Better Listener Ensuring your employees are satisfied and feel appreciated is important in order to reduce turnover. Organizations need to focus on keeping employees happy and motivated in order to stay competitive in their recruiting and retention efforts. One area that many employers fail to hit the mark…

Live Well, Work Well – August

Prevent Heat Illness There were 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventable deaths illustrate how important preparation is during extreme temperatures. Whether you are swimming at the beach or lounging in the park, you should be prepared for extreme…

Live Well, Work Well July

Live Well, Work Well July Simple Summer Activities Your Kids Are Sure to Love Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their kids happy, healthy, engaged and safe without breaking the bank.…

Benefits Bulletin – 3rd Quarter

Benefits Bulletin – 3rd Quarter Health Care Reform: Timeline of Events In March 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee each released budget reconciliation bills. These pieces of legislation are part of the House Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislation designed to repeal and replace the…