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Changes to your employee benefits offerings may have changed your compliance obligations

You made it through another plan renewal and open enrollment season, likely following months of planning and decisions about potential changes to plan design, benefit offerings, carriers, funding, and cost sharing. There is another important step that many employers miss. Have you determined whether the decisions you made changed your compliance obligations as the employer plan sponsor? 

ACA reporting is done, but it’s not over yet: Watch out for IRS penalty assessments

You’ve entered all the codes where you should. You know your company’s safe harbor affordability code without double-checking. You know every single employee’s ACA-full-time status for 2018. In other words, you have completed ACA reporting for 2018! So, can you close the books on the ACA for 2019? Of course not. The IRS just issued another wave of proposed employer shared responsibility penalty assessments.

Violation #8 on OSHA’s naughty list is fall hazard training

While fall protection remains at the top of the violations list again for 2018, fall hazard training is also a top violation — coming in at number eight with 1,982 violations issued last year. OSHA’s final rule in 2016 extended the range of the walking and working surface standard for general industry and added a fall protection standard for general industry. In doing so, OSHA recognized that many general industry workers face comparable fall hazards as those in construction.