Entries by Becky Stidham

IRS CONFIRMS ACA MANDATE PENALTIES STILL EFFECTIVE

OVERVIEW The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandate penalties. These letters clarify that: Employer shared responsibility penalties continue to apply for applicable large employers (ALEs) that fail to offer acceptable health coverage to their full-time employees (and […]

Snapchat “Snap Map” Safety

What is Snap Map? Introduced in a June 2017 update, Snap Map allows users to share their exact location with friends within the Snapchat app. Snap Map gathers location data using a smartphone’s GPS sensor and displays the time of day an individual is at a specific location and his or her speed of travel. […]

Tips for Preventing or Reducing Workplace Violence

Statistics show that violence continues to be a problem in the workplace. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for both their employees and their visitors and to not negligently hire or retain potentially violent employees. The following tips will help you prevent or reduce workplace violence. Hiring Process The following strategies […]

Hiring Youth Workers

Youth Workers Hiring youth workers—many times to fill seasonal positions—can be an integral component to your organization’s hiring plan. Early work experience can also be a great opportunity for teenagers to learn important skills. To promote positive and safe work experiences, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has a series of regulations relating to the […]

LIVE WELL WORK WELL – Surviving the Heat

SURVIVING THE SUMMER HEAT Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, do not let the summer heat get the best of you. Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the […]

Electronic Distribution of ERISA Disclosures

Click Here to download the full document: Electronic Distribution of ERISA Disclosures Department of Labor (DOL) regulations contain a safe harbor under which employee plans may use electronic means to distribute certain documents and other information required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). For example, summary plan descriptions (SPDs), summaries of […]

House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

Click Here to download the full article: House Passes Change to Overtime Rules 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 […]

Specialty Drug Benefits Overview

Specialty drugs (or specialty pharmaceuticals) are the most expensive prescriptions you can buy—around $1,000 or more per month. Unfortunately, they are also the only option for many people who have complex, and otherwise untreatable, conditions. What are Specialty Drugs? Specialty drugs are expensive prescription medications that are used to treat chronic, complex conditions. Individuals suffering […]

IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

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. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit; The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs; and The maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs. These […]

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS AMENDED AHCA

OVERVIEW 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, […]