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RSS Compliance News

  • IRS Releases Indexed PCORI Fee January 10, 2019
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on insurers of certain fully insured plans and plan sponsors of certain self-funded plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The PCORI fee is due by July 31 of the year following the calendar year in which the plan or policy […]
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  • Treasury, DOL, and HHS Release Two Final Rules on Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions December 27, 2018
    The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released two final rules on contraceptive coverage exemptions.
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  • IRS Issues Specifications for Employer-Provided Substitute ACA Forms December 20, 2018
    The IRS has issued specifications for Employer-provided substitute ACA forms.
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  • IRS Extends Due Date to Furnish ACA Forms to Participants and Provides Good Faith Penalty Relief December 11, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date to furnish 2018 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals. The due date moves from January 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019.
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  • HHS Releases Inflation-Adjusted Federal Civil Penalty Amounts November 29, 2018
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Annual Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment.
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  • 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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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

  • Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready? January 15, 2019
    While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon.
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  • Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers January 8, 2019
    Many companies are opting to create innovative and forward-thinking ways to support working parents and, in some cases, companies are blazing the trail ahead of state or federal legislation. There's no mandated federal parental-leave policy to follow, many employers are opting to craft their own.
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  • Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt? December 18, 2018
    In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can’t write a check for a full year’s tuition, student loans are one way to finance that attractive education. Students loans are often touted as “good debt,” worthwhile money spent that, with low interest rates […]
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  • Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful December 13, 2018
    Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in their roles as employers. As budgets are being made and communications planned for 2019, there are steps big and small you can take to make employer branding a priority for your team […]
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  • Culture Questions December 4, 2018
    With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it’s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are likely ready for the culture question.
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  • Happier Holidays, the HR Way November 29, 2018
    Most people, according to a new survey featured in HR Dive, have the greatest sense of belonging in their own homes. That may not be surprising news, but what is interesting is that one third of respondents felt the greatest sense of belonging in their workplace.
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  • 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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