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.
For decades, rising healthcare costs have been a consistent topic of conversation, particularly for employers concerned with enhancing worker productivity, reducing medical costs and meeting occupational health and safety needs. One solution which has arisen with increasing frequency is the establishment of employer-sponsored clinics (or “onsite/near-site” clinics). With this solution, however, comes many considerations and challenges for employers.
During the November 2018 elections, several states approved the usage of medical marijuana. Numerous other states allow access to products with cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from the cannabis plant, but with low to no THC content (the psychoactive component). As medical practitioners start prescribing it more often for a variety of maladies, cannabis (or some form of it) will become present in the workplace. The next question employers will ask: Can we cover it under our health plans?
Frequency and severity of large claims are on the rise as the cost of medications and treatment continues to increase. Large claims are also more likely to be ongoing and have repeated high annual costs. These factors, combined with the elimination of lifetime claim maximums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have created disruption in the normally sleepy stop-loss world.
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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.
Planning for a successful open enrollment starts early, and requires thoughtful decision making, including determining what notices should be given to employees and their dependents, and when each notice must be provided. It’s important to comply with notice requirements, not only to meet legal obligations, but also to provide your employees and participants the information they need as they make their benefit decisions.
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.
Employers know that to attract and retain the best talent, they need to offer competitive wages and employee benefits. But providing benefits to highly compensated employees can be tricky. How can employers make sure they are offering the best benefits to attract and retain their top executive talent?
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.
Every health and welfare plan (health, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, AD&D, Health FSA, etc.) subject to ERISA that has 100 or more participants on the first day of the plan year is required to file a Form 5500 with the federal Department of Labor (DOL) seven months after the end of the plan year. There’s a lot of to unpack in that statement, but a hidden issue that often gets overlooked is just how many plans are there.
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