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RSS Compliance News

  • IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for 2018 ACA Reporting November 15, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released instructions for both the Forms 1094-B and 1095-B and the Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Forms 1094-B, 1095-B,1094-C, and 1095-C.
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  • Tri-Agency Proposed Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements November 1, 2018
    The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) released their proposed rule regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans. The DOL also issued a news release and fact sheet on the proposed rule.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • 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?
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RSS HR Elements News

  • Giving Thanks in the Office November 13, 2018
    While our personal lives may offer plenty of opportunities to give thanks, it's also important to make a habit of it in our professional lives, according to an article in the Cobb Business Journal. Few people in a study cited expressed gratitude for their work, and that might be because a culture of gratitude needs […]
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  • 8 Ways to Relate to Time as a Realist November 6, 2018
    Productivity and time management expert Julie Morgenstern believes people can be grouped two ways when it comes to time management: Time realists and time optimists. Time realists consider how long things take and what is going on in any given day. Time optimists are guided by what they hope to get done.
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  • Be the Boss You Want to See in the World October 30, 2018
    An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren’t always the ones that make someone an effective leader. Instead, efficacy can be traced to ethicality. Here are a few tips to be an ethical leader.
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  • Making a Remote Team Work October 24, 2018
    In a tight labor market, a candidate’s potential commute can make a job more or less attractive. HumanResources reports that a quarter of employees surveyed had left a job because of the commute. When looking at just Millennials, the number jumps to one third. Employees can be choosy, selecting a job that offers more of […]
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  • Shrinking Talent Pools Mean Shifting Hiring Strategies October 16, 2018
    The labor market is tighter than ever, so people in hiring capacities need to be ready to win potential workers from competitors.
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  • Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent October 9, 2018
    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.
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  • Use Caution When Operating a Car or Dangerous Machinery October 4, 2018
    Everybody knows that you shouldn’t drink and drive. However, not everyone knows that prescription drugs can also impair a person’s ability to drive, or operate machinery.
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  • Facing Bias in the Workplace September 18, 2018
    Data shows that when it comes to influencing people’s interactions in the workplace, generally information doesn’t change behavior.
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  • Leveraging Generational Factors for Overall Success September 11, 2018
    Learning about best practices benefits everyone, whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee. Especially at busy times, it can be easy to forget that an interview isn’t simply to learn about potential coworkers.
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  • Get Moving...To Live! September 6, 2018
    If you haven’t heard by now, sitting for long periods of time increases the chance that you’ll die early, regardless of your race, gender, age, body mass index (BMI), or even if you exercise. The longer you sit, the higher your risk of dying sooner rather than later.
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