July 18, 2016

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Well-being and the Aging Workforce

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2050, roughly 20% of the total U.S. population will be 65 years of age or older. In 2010 the labor force participation rate for individuals ages 65 and older reached 22.1% for men and 13.8% for women, up from 17.7% and 9.4%, respectively in 2000. The […]

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July 8, 2016

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6 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid

With over 55 Million enrollees, Medicare is a massive federal health program that touches nearly everyone. If you’re not enrolled or planning on joining, you probably have a loved one or friend taking part.  If so, then you’ve already heard some of the horror stories about problems, oversights, and miscalculations that leave folks with too […]

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July 1, 2016

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Health Insurance Marketplace Notices
-Don't ignore, but don't overreact

Employers who sponsor medical plans should be on the lookout for notices from “Health Insurance Marketplace.” The Marketplace, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has begun notifying employers when an employee has enrolled in Marketplace coverage and been found eligible for a subsidy. Naturally, many employers are concerned about […]

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June 30, 2016

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New OSHA Reporting and Drug Testing Rules

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a rule that will revise its Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulations. The changes establish a new system in which many employers will be required to submit to OSHA reportable injury and illness information on an annual basis through a […]

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June 29, 2016

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PCORI Fees Are Due July 31, 2016
-Employers with self-funded plans or self-funded HRAs must comply

The annual fee for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is due July 31, 2016.  If you need a quick refresher on PCORI, we have previously written about the PCORI fee and who is required to pay it. Generally speaking, self-funded medical plan sponsors are responsible for reporting and paying the PCORI fee using Form […]

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June 28, 2016

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FLSA Webinar
-Covering the new overtime rules and strategies for compliance

If you were unable to attend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) webinar we presented on June 23, 2016, you can access the slides here and a recording of the webinar here.

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June 24, 2016

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Alternative to Affordable Care Act Unveiled – Part 1

On Wednesday Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the House GOP’s alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Based on promises to “repeal and replace” the ACA the actual document is less of a plan and more of a vision statement. The alterative outlines a healthcare system with lighter regulation and less federal financial assistance while […]

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June 20, 2016

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EEOC Publishes Sample Notice for Employer Wellness Programs

If you’ve been following the wellness program rules that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued last month, you have probably been eagerly awaiting the release of the promised sample language to help employers comply with the notice required by those rules. If so, your wait is over, as a copy of the notice is […]

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June 17, 2016

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2017 HSA Contribution Limits

The IRS has issued inflation-adjusted Health Savings Account figures for 2017. Revenue procedure 2016-28 provides as follows: Annual contribution limitation for 2017 For calendar year 2017, the limit on deductions, for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan, is $3,400. For calendar year 2017, the limitation on deductions, for an individual […]

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June 16, 2016

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EEOC Issues Final Wellness Program Rules
-Rules interpret the ADA, GINA and HIPAA

“The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.”  – Don Henley, The Heart of the Matter Most HR professionals know that asking employees about medical conditions or family medical history is a big no-no. But asking those types of questions in connection with a wellness […]

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June 7, 2016

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June is National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. The most common injuries are overexertion due to lifting or lowering, contact with objects and equipment and slips, trips and falls. Each of these is 100% preventable. Make your worksite a safe one. Find more information on workplace safety […]

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May 31, 2016

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Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is widely defined as the “travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical treatment.”  This includes both elective procedures, such as cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment, and essential treatments such as organ transplants and hip replacements. In the earlier days of medical tourism, the United States and other […]

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