Compliance Bulletin

DOL Proposes to Amend Employee Tip Regulations On Oct. 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This proposed rule has been issued, in part, to incorporate legislation approved by Congress in 2018. The rule also incorporates guidance the…

October Benefits Buzz

Deadline Approaching: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15 Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Plan sponsors must provide…

October HR Brief

Hold on to Talent With Stay Conversations Some people think employment is all about the money, but they’re wrong. For many, it’s about the opportunities. In fact, Gallup cites “lack of development and career growth” as the number one reason employees leave their workplace.

ACA Compliance Bulletin

Pay or Play Penalty Increase On Sept. 11, 2019, the IRS updated their Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to include adjusted penalty amounts for 2019 and 2020. According to the FAQs, the penalty amounts will be increased as follows:

Illinois Compliance Bulletin

Illinois Enacts Strict Workplace Harassment Laws Effective Jan. 1, 2020, all employers in Illinois must provide annual employee training on workplace sexual harassment prevention. In addition, all provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) will apply to every employer in the state, regardless of size (rather than just those with 15 or more employees)…

Compliance Bulletin

SAR Is Due by Sept. 30 for Calendar Year Plans Many employers that must file Form 5500 on behalf of their employee benefit plans must also provide plan participants with a summary annual report (SAR). The SAR is a summary of the information included in the Form 5500. Employers with plans that operate on a…

September HR Brief

Acting DOL Secretary May Bring Change of Pace: Following Alexander Acosta’s resignation, Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella became acting Department of Labor (DOL) secretary. Who Is Pizzella? Pizzella has been involved with labor policy for several past administrations. He served as assistant secretary at the DOL from 2001-2009 during the Bush administration.

Live Well Work Well

Getting Outside May Be the Key to Boosting Your Physical and Psychological Well-being What counts as spending time outdoors? Visiting town parks, greenspaces, woodlands and beaches all count as spending time outdoors. Here are two simple activities that you can do outside:

Benefits Buzz September 2019

Open Enrollment: What’s Changing in 2020? To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes.