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RSS Compliance News

  • COBRA Notices July 6, 2017
    COBRA requires group health plans to provide notices to covered employees and their families explaining their COBRA rights when certain events occur.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • IRS Memo on Fixed Indemnity Health Plan Benefits Tax Treatment January 24, 2017
    On January 20, 2017, the IRS released a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed indemnity health plans that addresses two questions.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination December 7, 2016
    National origin discrimination is discrimination because an individual is, or the individual’s ancestors are, from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group, including Native American tribes.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Flow Chart of Key Wellness Program Regulations August 19, 2016
    UBA has created a flow chart with decision trees to help employers ascertain which rules apply to their wellness program as a result of its design.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • What Employers Need to Know about the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match Program May 25, 2016
    The program enables the IRS, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to share information about whether Medicare beneficiaries or their spouses are working.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Overtime Exemption Rules Arrive May 19, 2016
    After a long wait, the Department of Labor has released the revisions to the white collar overtime exemption rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Same-Sex Marriages and Group Health Benefits April 29, 2016
    From 2013 to 2015, a series of Supreme Court cases and government updates have changed the landscape of the way employers must consider same-sex spouses in relation to employee benefits.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • What Plan Sponsors of Group Plans Need To Know About ERISA March 24, 2015
    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed in 1974. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the agency responsible for administering and enforcing this law. For many years, most of ERISA's requirements applied to pension plans.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Employer Payment Plans February 26, 2015
    The regulatory agencies have recently issued guidance that may affect employers that have been reimbursing premiums for individual health coverage or Medicare Part B, Part D or Medigap premiums for active employees.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Employer FAQs: Responding to the Anthem Breach February 13, 2015
    The first massive data breach of 2015 hit one of the country's largest insurance issuers, Anthem, Inc., including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and other related entities (Anthem).
    United Benefit Advisors

RSS Employer News

  • PTO for When the Wind Blows November 29, 2017
    This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy November 15, 2017
    Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Get Moving… To Live! November 1, 2017
    The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Shhhhhh! October 18, 2017
    There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent October 4, 2017
    Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • About That Inheritance… Don’t Count on It September 20, 2017
    Not too long ago, it was assumed that Social Security would pay for most people’s retirement needs. Now, we know better and most employees, regardless of their age, are aware that they need to save additional funds for their retirement.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Coffee is the Nectar of the Gods September 6, 2017
    Ah, coffee, is there any better beverage? Speaking as a lover of coffee, but not a coffee snob, I always look forward to that first morning cup.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • VR for HR August 23, 2017
    No matter how well traveled you are, or how busy your lifestyle may be, you likely haven’t been everywhere in the world, or done everything there is to do. There is technology out there, however, that can bring the world to you.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • The Perk of Pets August 9, 2017
    Does your company offer health care? Check. Does it offer a 401(k) program? Check. How about paid time off and tuition reimbursement? Check and check. Now, does it offer pet-friendly perks? Huh?
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Don't Put Up with the Bull of Bullying July 21, 2017
    There’s no place for bullying and that’s especially true in the workplace, yet many employees bully their co-workers. So, how does this happen?
    United Benefit Advisors

RSS HR Elements News

  • PTO for When the Wind Blows November 29, 2017
    This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy November 15, 2017
    Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Get Moving… To Live! November 1, 2017
    The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Shhhhhh! October 18, 2017
    There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent October 4, 2017
    Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • About That Inheritance… Don’t Count on It September 20, 2017
    Not too long ago, it was assumed that Social Security would pay for most people’s retirement needs. Now, we know better and most employees, regardless of their age, are aware that they need to save additional funds for their retirement.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Coffee is the Nectar of the Gods September 6, 2017
    Ah, coffee, is there any better beverage? Speaking as a lover of coffee, but not a coffee snob, I always look forward to that first morning cup.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • VR for HR August 23, 2017
    No matter how well traveled you are, or how busy your lifestyle may be, you likely haven’t been everywhere in the world, or done everything there is to do. There is technology out there, however, that can bring the world to you.
    United Benefit Advisors
  • The Perk of Pets August 9, 2017
    Does your company offer health care? Check. Does it offer a 401(k) program? Check. How about paid time off and tuition reimbursement? Check and check. Now, does it offer pet-friendly perks? Huh?
    United Benefit Advisors
  • Don't Put Up with the Bull of Bullying July 21, 2017
    There’s no place for bullying and that’s especially true in the workplace, yet many employees bully their co-workers. So, how does this happen?
    United Benefit Advisors