• The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Celebrating 25 years

    02/21/2018 | HRWS

    Twenty-five years ago this month, then President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that requires certain employers to provide unpaid medical leave to employees who qualify. It was an important step in granting American workers comfort that they did not have to worry about losing their job in order to take time off to care for newborns, sick loved ones or themselves when seriously ill.

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  • Pharmacy Trends

    02/07/2018 | Express Scripts

    BLOG-Express-Scripts-2-18.jpegWith the beginning of the new year, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are beginning to release 2017 data, along with forecasts for 2018. Express Scripts recently released their “2017 Drug Trend Report.” With this report, Express Scripts provides insight into the utilization trends and costs for 34.3 million members.

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  • Healthcare Implications of Anti-Government Shutdown Bill


    After a brief government shutdown, President Trump signed the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (ECAA). The bill included provisions that suspend or delay three health-care related taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Benefit Limits for 2018


    The IRS recently released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments for certain plans. The table below compares the 2017 limits to the new 2018 limits for affected plans.

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  • Compliance Alert: Employee Benefit Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

    01/11/2018 | ProSential Group

    On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed what is popularly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Bill”), overhauling America’s tax code for both individuals and corporations and providing the most sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. The House and Senate Conference Committee provided a Policy Highlights of the major provisions of the Bill, and the Joint Committee on Taxation provided a lengthy explanation of the Bill.

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  • Compliance Alert: Penalty Letters From The IRS Are Arriving

    01/11/2018 | HRWS

    AdobeStock_80631480-(1).jpegMany Applicable Large Employers (ALE’s) have already received Letter 226J from the IRS that indicates their proposed assessment of a penalty under the Employer Shared Responsibility provision of Section 4980H of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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  • Compliance Alert: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Healthcare Through Small Business Health Plans

    01/10/2018 | Department of Labor

    AdobeStock_62547481.jpegWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

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  • Compliance Alert: Court Vacates EEOC's Wellness Program Incentives Rules Effective January 1, 2019

    01/04/2018 | ProSential Group

    AdobeStock_19984026.jpegOn December 20th, 2017, in American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) v. EEOC, the federal court in the District of Columbia vacated, effective January 1st, 2019, the portions of the final regulations that the EEOC issued last year under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) addressing wellness program initiatives. The current regulations will remain effective for 2018 while the EEOC reconsiders and promulgates new rules.

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  • Compliance Alert: IRS Extends Deadline for Furnishing Forms 1095, Extends Good Faith Transition Relief

    12/29/2017 | ProSential Group

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2018-6, extending the dealine for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals from January 31, 2018 to March 2, 2018, as well as penalty relief for good-faith reporting errors. 

    The due date for filing the forms with the IRS was not extended and remains February 28, 2018 (April 2, 2018 if filed electronically). Despite the repeal of the "individual mandate" beginning in 2019 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, at this time, the ACA's information reporting requirements remain in effect (the IRS will continue to use the reporting to administer the employer mandate and premium tax credit program).

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  • 12 Liability Risks We Have Covered. How About You?

    12/15/2017 | Ed Kraine & Keith Hartzell

    We are all aware of the snowballing accusations of sexual misconduct, and the backlash that they have sparked in the USA and abroad.  Companies that tolerate or cover up sexual harassment, perpetuate a culture that fosters it, or fail to provide proper avenues for employees to report concerns and offensives can by pay in multiple ways. 

    The purpose of this article is to raise your awareness as to the availability of the coverage, and for those who presently purchase this protection, to remind you that limits of less than $1 million may not be adequate for your business.

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