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House Passes Changes To Overtime Rules
House Republicans Pass Amended AHCA
HIPAA Privacy Rule
2017 Health Plan Compliance Calendar
Marijuana in the Workplace
ACA Reporting Deadline Extended
IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2017
Retirement Plan Perspectives - Q4 2015
Massachusetts Enacts Paid Sick Leave
Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2015

House Passes Changes To Overtime Rules

Posted by Mick Rodgers

OVERVIEW

On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180 ). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate and the executive branch before it becomes law.
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Employee Leaves of Absence – General Compliance Rules

Posted by Mick Rodgers

Employees may need to take time off from work for various reasons, including for their own medical situations or family emergencies. Federal and state leave laws require employers to provide employees with leave in certain situations.
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IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

Posted by Mick Rodgers

OVERVIEW

On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018.

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House Republicans Pass Amended AHCA

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On May 4, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), after it had been amended several times. The AHCA is the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The AHCA needed 216 votes to pass in the House. Ultimately, it passed on a party-line vote, with 217 Republicans and no Democrats voting in favor of the legislation. The AHCA will only need a simple majority vote in the Senate to pass.

If it passes both the House and the Senate, the AHCA would then go to President Donald Trump to be signed into law.

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Court Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Posted by Mick Rodgers

OVERVIEW

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech, issued on April 4, 2017, makes it illegal to use an individual’s sexual orientation as a basis for employment decisions. The ruling applies to employers with 15 or more employees in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

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Group Health Insurance: Self-funded Health Plans

Posted by Mick Rodgers

The health plan that  offers is called a self-funded health plan. You need to know how this type of health plan works, and what it means for the way you receive health care benefits.

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Axial Benefits Group attends 2017 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum, Washington DC.

Posted by Mick Rodgers


 

Last week, Axial was proud to participate in the National Association of Community Health Centers 2017 Policy & Issues Forum in Washington DC last week.  As well as visits to members of congress the forum included presentations from key note speakers :

  • Federal Updates: Jim Macrae, MA, MPP, Acting Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tom Daschle (D-SD),former Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Utah Mike Leavitt (R-UT) present health centers as “one health care solution that can help us achieve a high-performing, high quality, and cost-efficient health care system.”
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New Trend in Employee Benefits: Supplemental Disability Programs

Posted by Mick Rodgers

Here is a great piece written by a good friend, Tim Gibson, regarding avaliable supplememtal disability plans for employers.  I am a believer that this type of employee benefiit program can help bolster up older more outdated group disability programs at no cost.


Have you considered offering supplemental disability plans?

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REPLAY: Webinar Thursday March 16th, 10:30am - Lower Your Employer Healthcare

Posted by Steve Stigliano

Axial Benefits hosted another webcast for 45 local companies regarding Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions.

Here is the replay if you missed it

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Highlights from the New Healthcare Replacement Bill

Posted by Steve Stigliano

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

OVERVIEW

On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These bills, which were issued by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, are collectively known as the American Health Care Act.

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