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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Individual Mandate Penalty Will Be Eliminated In 2019

Posted by Mick Rodgers

OVERVIEW

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, after it passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Furnishing Deadline Delayed for 2017 ACA Reporting

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-06 to:

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DOL Proposes Amendment to Tip Regulations

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On Dec. 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposal to amend current tip-pooling (tip-sharing) regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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2018 Health Plan Compliance Checklist

Posted by Mick Rodgers

With the beginning of the year upon us, we would like to provide you a copy of a document we are asked for, more than any other - The 2018 Annual Health Plan Compliance Checklist 

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DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On Dec. 16, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits and are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The final rule was scheduled to apply to claims that are filed on or after Jan. 1, 2018. However, on Nov. 24, 2017, the DOL delayed the final rule for 90 days—until April 1, 2018.

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IRS Issues Pay or Play Enforcement Guidance

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On Nov. 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to include information on enforcement.

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Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2018

Posted by Mick Rodgers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. This dollar limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments and may be increased each year.

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IRS Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-64, announcing cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that affect contribution limits for retirement plans in 2018.

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2018 ACA Compliance Checklist

Posted by Mick Rodgers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014 and 2015, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and the employer shared responsibility penalties.

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President Signs Executive Order Designated To Change ACA Rules

Posted by Mick Rodgers

On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans.

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