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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Addressing and Eliminating this Inappropriate Behavior

Webinar: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Addressing and Eliminating this Inappropriate Behavior When: Thursday February 22nd Time: 2 pm EST Cost: Free Register Now! This webinar is pre-approved for HRCI & SHRM Credits! Sexual harassment and abusive conduct not only create a hostile work environment, but cost employers billions each year in lawsuits, employee turnover and lost revenue. With the recent increased focus on workplace harassment, employers are encouraged to evaluate their management practices to ensure they implement and maintain appropriate measures for a harassment-free, safe work environment. Join AssuredPartners for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, complimentary, one-hour webinar as…

Annual Filing Reminders

As we head into the last few weeks of February, we want to take this opportunity to remind employers about the following upcoming annual filing deadlines: Annual Prescription Drug Notice Group health plans must notify the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) each year regarding whether the group health plan’s prescription drug coverage offered to Medicare Part D-eligible individuals is “creditable” or “non-creditable”. This notice must be done electronically by completing the online registration and disclosure form on the CMS website. (View the form HERE.) CMS has also published, on its website, guidance regarding the notice and the information…

4th Quarter Newsletter of 2017

Below please find our Compliance Observer Newsletter for the final quarter of 2017. This newsletter contains information on many employee benefits compliance issues. The following articles, information, and important reminders are contained in this Newsletter: IRS Letter 226J Has Arrived ACA Reporting – Publication 5223 Solicitation of Social Security Numbers for ACA Reporting Advance Copies of Form 5500 for 2017 IRS Issues Detailed Guidance on QSEHRAs PCORI Fee Increase Expansion of Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions MLR Rebates Paid Sick Leave Laws Family Deductibles – What you Need to Know Compliance Observer Newsletter- 4th Quarter 2017

Wellness Plans: Best Practices and Easy Compliance Rules You Need to Know

Thursday, November 30th, we will be joined by Cary Seager and Kristin Meschler for our free monthly webinar beginning at 3 PM. The webinar has been pre-approved for HRCI & SHRM credits. This month will be focusing on best practice case studies for wellness plans from their work with clients varying in size and industry. Additionally, you will learn how to avoid legal landmines when developing an effective wellness program. Register Here 

Pay or Play Enforcement is Here

As we reported in our 2nd Quarter Newsletter, the IRS has indicated it would notify applicable large employers (ALEs) in 2017 of their potential penalties for failing to comply with the employer shared responsibility mandate for the 2015 calendar year. With the numerous attempts this year to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ALEs may have thought ACA penalties would never come to fruition; unfortunately, that’s not the case. On Nov. 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the employer shared responsibility rules under the ACA to include information on enforcement….

IRS Announces 2018 Contribution Limits for 401(k)s, FSAs, and More

The IRS has announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) with respect to retirement plan limits. Many limits, which are adjusted by reference to Code Sec. 415(d), are changed for 2018 since the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, others remain unchanged. Certain dollar limit changes keyed to Code Sec. 1(f)(3), some of which were previously calculated by Thomson Reuters Checkpoint editors, have also increased. IR 2017-177; Notice 2017-64, 2017-45 IRB. The following is a complete list of contribution changes:  401(k) Annual contribution limit – changes to your election can be made any…


“The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care.” – President Donald J. Trump EXPANDING ACCESS TO MORE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to increase the healthcare choices for millions of Americans, potentially allowing some employers to join together across State lines to offer coverage. President Trump signed an Executive Order to reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare…

Volunteering in the Community

On Friday, October 6th Aida volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity in Morris County. “Painting is not my forte but it was for a worthy cause!”

3rd Quarterly Newsletter of 2017

Please find our Compliance Observer Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017. This newsletter contains information on many employee benefits compliance issues. The following articles, information, and important reminders are contained in this Newsletter: Determining if Your Business is an ALE for Reporting & Penalty Purposes Final Forms for 2017 ACA Reporting EEOC’s New Wellness Program Rules a Bust New SBC Template Required for 2018 Open Enrollment Changing HSA Contributions under a Cafeteria Plan More Employers Requiring Same-Sex Couples to Marry to Receive Benefits 2018 IRS Plan Maximums & Benefit Limits New Form I-9 Must be Used Now Compliance Observer Newsletter- 3rd Quarter…

Year-End Compliance Requirements & Deadlines

Key benefit requirements and deadlines for 2017. September Summary Annual Report (SAR) – A narrative summary of your Form 5500, including a statement of the right to receive the annual report, must be distributed to plan participants by the last day of the ninth month following the end of the plan year, or September 29th for calendar year plans (since September 30th falls on a Saturday). Plans that have an extension of time to file the Form 5500 must provide the SAR within two months after the extension. MLR Rebates – The deadline for issuers to pay medical loss ratio…