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changes to section 125 cafeteria plans

The IRS has just released two new sets of rules impacting Section 125 Cafeteria Plans.  Notice 2020-33 provides permanent rule changes and  Notice 2020-29 provides temporary rule changes. The relief provided under each notice is totally optional for employers. Employers who choose to take advantage of any of the offered plan options will be required to notify all …

Key provisions of the CARES Act for employee benefits

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. It delivers $2 trillion in fiscal stimulus to the economy including preferred loans to small businesses, capital for distressed industries, direct cash payments to many Americans, unemployment insurance enhancements, as well as various provisions affecting employee …

HR News February 2019

HR Legal Issues/Updates: 14, 2018: The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas declared that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional and that the rest of the ACA is unconstitutional, as well. Although this was an interesting order by the Court, at this point in time, the status …

We are pleased to release to you the new 2019 Annual Tax Benefit levels.  Call us if we can be of assistance in leveraging any of these tax efficient tools and strategies to your organization’s benefit. This rate chart can also be downloaded and printed from our web site.  …

HR News January 2019

HR Legal Issues/Updates: 14, 2018: The U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas declared that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional and that the rest of the ACA is unconstitutional, as well. Although this was an interesting order by the Court, at this point in time, the status …

Challenge to ACA Constitutionality

Question: What is the current status of the court case that is challenging the ACA’s constitutionality? Short Answer:  At this time, the case’s current status does not impact employers’ group health plans (e.g., it’s business as usual). However, employers should stay informed for the final decision in this case. Some states have already announced they will challenge this …

HR News December 2018

HR Legal Issues/Updates: Expungement of criminal records and employer liability: Effective Dec. 27, 2018, among other things, SC employers must not use expunged information adversely against an employee, and an employer who employs a worker with an expungement must not be subject to any administrative or legal claim (for example, negligent hiring) related to the …

HR News November 2018

HR Legal Issues/Updates: DOL intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in March 2019, to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees. The Social Security Administration announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits will provide a 8% cost-of-living adjustment in 2019. Charges filed with the EEOC …

HR News September 2018

Legal Updates & Reminders: New Model FMLA Notices & Medical Certification Forms are now available on the gov website. The content of the notices and certifications has not changed; just the expiration dates, extending to August 31, 2021. Nevertheless, make sure you start using these new forms immediately. New DOL Office: The U.S. Department of …