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IRS regulation aims to undo the ‘one bad apple’ rule

IRS regulation aims to undo the ‘one bad apple’ rule

A pair of recent regulations may create new opportunities for smaller employers to provide cost-effective retirement benefits for their employees. The Department of Labor (DOL) ...
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New voluntary benefit designed to help caregiver employees

New voluntary benefit designed to help caregiver employees

CareGiving.com, an online library of resources for caregivers, has partnered with SeniorGuards, a caregiving solutions provider, to offer a new voluntary employee benefit to help ...
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The (new) ABCs of classifying employees and independent contractors

The (new) ABCs of classifying employees and independent contractors

Properly classifying workers as either employees or independent contractors is critically important for California businesses. Employees generally are entitled to benefits that contractors are not, ...
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Whole Foods to cut medical benefits for part-timers

Whole Foods to cut medical benefits for part-timers

Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market is changing medical benefit eligibility requirements next year that could leave as many as 1,900 part-time workers without coverage. Employees will ...
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What would change if your employees were CEO for a day?

What would change if your employees were CEO for a day?

When employees feel like their voices are being heard, they are reportedly 4.6 times more likely to contribute their best work, according to SalesForce data ...
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Making the case for the six-hour workday

Making the case for the six-hour workday

The eight-hour workday became common practice in the early 1900s, in a time before the rise of digitalization, robots and technology. Yet even today it ...
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5 reasons employers should offer sponsored fertility benefits

5 reasons employers should offer sponsored fertility benefits

Demand for top talent is pushing plan sponsors to enhance their employee benefits. Some are making changes to their fertility benefits and publicly sharing the ...
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A 401(k) plan administrators’ guide to the recent IRS revenue ruling

A 401(k) plan administrators’ guide to the recent IRS revenue ruling

The IRS recently issued revenue ruling 2019-19. The revenue ruling provides 401(k) plan administrators with helpful guidance on how to report and withhold from 401(k) plan ...
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8 renewal considerations for 2020

8 renewal considerations for 2020

January 2020 renewals are beginning to arrive, and with the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax to new prescription drug coupon regulations on the horizon, here ...
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New HRAs in 2020: What employers need to know

New HRAs in 2020: What employers need to know

Some of the biggest changes to healthcare design at this moment are encompassed by final rules recently published by the current administration around health reimbursement ...
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The big mistakes employers make when setting up 401(k) plans

The big mistakes employers make when setting up 401(k) plans

American workers are in bad retirement shape. The gap between what employees need to save for retirement and what they are actually saving is widening, ...
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Employee-centric wages: The rise of the daily pay benefit

Employee-centric wages: The rise of the daily pay benefit

With low unemployment and workers willing to take a job across the street for a mere $.25 increase in their hourly wage, employers need innovative ...
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Health Care Reform Updates

New rule may greatly expand HRA usage

New rule may greatly expand HRA usage

The IRS Thursday published finalized rules loosening restrictions on health reimbursement arrangements, allowing employers to significantly expand the use of such accounts and make them ...
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Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

Exchange Notices Can Lead to IRS Letter 226J ACA Penalties

It’s no secret the IRS has been actively enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate. To date, the IRS has identified a total of 49,259 ...
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Insurers Plan ACA Expansion for 2019

Insurers Plan ACA Expansion for 2019

There has been a lot of talk about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the midterm elections coming soon, Americans have stated that healthcare is top ...
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Trump Administration allows for longer ‘short-term’ healthcare policies

Trump Administration allows for longer ‘short-term’ healthcare policies

The Trump Administration issued the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Final Rule that expands the coverage length of “short-term, limited-duration insurance” policies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...
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Everything small employers need to know about association health plans

Everything small employers need to know about association health plans

The California Supreme Court last week issued an opinion concluding that Starbucks must pay its employees for off-the-clock duties that take several minutes per shift ...
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Healthcare under Trump: Where the ACA stands now

Healthcare under Trump: Where the ACA stands now

A year and a half into Donald Trump’s presidency, the Commander in Chief and his administration have made a strong effort to convert on his ...
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What the ACA means for today’s employers

What the ACA means for today’s employers

We all know that employers do not like uncertainty in their business plans. It makes it hard to develop a strategy and run any business ...
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It’s now easier to create an association health plan — but the government should do even more

It’s now easier to create an association health plan — but the government should do even more

The Department of Labor recently issued new rules that make it easier for small businesses to join together to create association health plans. With this change, small ...
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House passes bills expanding health savings accounts

House passes bills expanding health savings accounts

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two healthcare bills that would expand the use of health savings accounts, a move that, if advanced, could ...
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Part-time workers may be the key to ACA exchange rebirth

Part-time workers may be the key to ACA exchange rebirth

The U.S. government is attempting to wrangle insurance carriers back into the Affordable Care Act health exchanges by increasing their funding. As a result brokers ...
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Obamacare fix said to be prepared after risk payments halted

Obamacare fix said to be prepared after risk payments halted

The Trump administration is preparing a regulation that would allow the resumption of billions of dollars in payments to health insurers in Obamacare. The Office ...
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The new role of HRAs after Trump’s ACA executive orders

The new role of HRAs after Trump’s ACA executive orders

The Trump Administration released final rules in mid-June on Association Health Plans with final rules on short-term, limited-duration insurance plans (STIs) due in September. There’s ...
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