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  • Considerations for Employers During Natural Disasters

    With the impending landfall of Hurricane Florence (and the great potential for others to follow), HR Workplace Services is re-distributing an HR Clinic that outlines important employer considerations should an immediate, natural disaster occur.
  • FMLA "To Do" Checklist - Policies, Procedures, Complaince

    The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. With the complexity of the administration of FMLA, now is…
  • Is it Ever OK to Fire an Employee Who is on FMLA?

    While an employer is not allowed to fire an employee simply for exercising their right to take family and medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), there are situations where the employment of an employee that is out on FMLA leave may be ended. Below are…
  • Tracking 2019 Premium Changes on ACA Exchanges

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers who plan on modifying plan premiums to submit their rates to either the state or federal government for review. This applies to plans included on state and federal healthcare insurance exchanges.
  • Medical Loss Ratio Rebates Coming Soon To Plan Sponsors

    The Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio (MLR) rules require group health insurance issuers to provide rebates if their MLR—the percentage of health insurance premiums spent on health care and activities to improve health care quality—falls short of…
  • Form I-9 Audits Up Dramatically Since October

    From October 1, 2017-May 4, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted 2,282 Form I-9 audits, up from 1,360 audits from October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017. Given this dramatic increase, employers should take a moment to ensure that their Form I-9…
  • Form 5500 Filing Deadline for Many Health Plans is July 31st

    Group health plan administrators are reminded that Form 5500 must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends. For calendar-year plans, that due date falls on July 31.
  • IRS Releases 2019 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

    In Rev. Proc. 2018-30, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2019 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and have increased for 2019.
  • 9 Things in the Farm Bill That Affect (Almost) Every American

    Trying to watch what you eat? Keep an eye on the New Farm Bill drafted by the House. This legislation aims to change organic food regulations, reduce sugar reform, roll back Obama-era school lunch laws and allow higher levels of pesticides on our foods.
  • Active Shooter Coverage Making Its Way to the Marketplace

    According to The Gun Violence Archive, 346 mass shootings occurred in 2017, causing the issue to catch the attention of risk managers as more entities scramble to deal with the aftermath, states Caroline McDonald, a writer for Risk Management Magazine. While there are…