Learn about the change to hardship distributions employers may consider adopting. New legislation did not change what might constitute an individual hardship, but it does make hardship withdrawals easier to obtain for participants.
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OSHA recently released a memo clarifying how to apply standards when conducting compliance investigations. The federal regulations are still in place and remain unchanged, but the memo raises some concerns about post-accident drug testing.
About three million workers service equipment and face the risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. According to OSHA, compliance with the LOTO standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
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The end of the individual mandate penalty in 2019 does not change an employer’s 1094C/1095C reporting obligations. The information reported on the 1094C/1095C forms relates primarily to the employer mandate, which is not going away.
While decorations and parties can potentially have a positive effect on employee morale, they are often tempered by the competing interests of promoting diversity and inclusion within the workplace and the attendant risk of a religious discrimination claim. So how does an employer navigate its way down Candy Cane Lane without running afoul of state and federal civil rights laws?
On-site clinics are a growing trend, but employers should consider the legal implications and practical considerations of sponsoring on-site clinics. This eBook discusses the risks, compliance and administrative obligations, as well as, the best practices for implementing a clinic designed to help reduce health plan costs and boost employee productivity.
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When employees turn age 65, they often have questions about their health benefits. Employers, too, seek to understand the interaction of Medicare, HSAs, and health plan coverage. Here are some myths about how Medicare coverage interacts with a company’s group health plan coverage.
In late June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the case Janus v. AFSCME that could impact the funding of many public sector unions. In Janus, the Supreme Court held that public employees who are not members of their union can no longer be forced to pay agency fees and must consent to paying union dues.
In a tight labor market where competition for the best talent is fierce, it’s tough to keep up with latest trends, and even more of a challenge to decide which trends to pursue. In this article we will cover some of the latest benefits we see employers considering and implementing.
Most employers know that when an employee requests an accommodation due to a disability, the employer has an obligation to respond under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But many employers aren’t sure how to respond, or under what circumstances they can deny the request. This article address the common ADA mistakes that employers make and how to avoid making them.
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new regulations that may allow some employers and self-employed individuals to buy large group health insurance through an association health plan (AHP). This may be of particular interest to small employers and self-employed individuals because an AHP covering 50 or more employees would not have to comply with a limited subset of Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules.
The IRS released a new Form W-4 for 2018 in February. It also revised its “Withholding Calculator” for employees to use to make sure they are having the proper amounts withheld from their paychecks. The minimum employers have to do is make sure they’re providing the new Form W-4 to newly hired employees and employees wishing to update their Form W-4 on and after April 1, 2018.
The ESRM is the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, introduced by the Affordable Care Act, and is now fully implemented. This article is for you if your company is newly subject to the ESRM or if you are new to the ESRM.
In the time since we published an article on the Cadillac Tax in November of 2017, the Cadillac Tax has been delayed again. This time, as part of the spending bill signed January 22, 2018, the Cadillac Tax has been delayed until 2022.
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