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Jesse’s News Alert

New – March 2019

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019 – Retaliation Claims Are Up. Are You Prepared? – Workplace Wellness is About More Than Just Physical Health – Managing the Excuse-Makers

February 2019

Deadlines to Furnish Forms 1095-C and 1095-B to Employees Fast Approaching – Calculating OT? Double-Check Your Math – Retaining Talent: Are Your Leaders the Problem? – 5 Must-Do’s for Employee Orientation

January 2019

Health FSA Limit to Increase in 2019 – Gen Z is Coming: Are You Prepared? – Pay or Play Enforcement: What You Need to Know – 10 Employee Retention Resolutions for 2019

December 2018

Don’t Forget to Provide an SBC This Open Enrollment – Options for HRAs Would Be Expanded Under Proposed Rule – What Are You Doing to Prevent the Flu? – How to Conduct 1-on-1 Benefits Meetings –

November 2018.

Don’t Leave Your Office Unprotected from the Flu – IRS Issues ACA Letters to Noncompliant Employers – Health Care Costs Still Rising, According to Annual Survey – Five Steps to Successful Employee Communication

October 2018

Medicare Part D Notices Due Before Oct. 15 – Open Enrollment is Around the Corner – Workplace Bullying: More Common Than You’d Think – Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

September 2018

2018 ACA Reporting Draft Forms Now Available – Critical HIPAA Compliance Gaps Exposed by HHS – LinkedIn Voice Messaging: What You Need to Know

August 2018

Summary Annual Reports Due Sept. 30 – Medical Loss Ratio Rebates Coming Soon to Plan Sponsors – Top 5 New Hire Forms – How Summer Hires May Impact Your ALE Status – Retain Employees Through Training

July 2018

Form 5500 Filing Deadline for Many Health Plans is July 3 – Form I-9 Audits Up Dramatically Since October – Don’t Forget to Pay PCORI Fee – Summer’s Here and So is Spear Phishing  – HR Action Steps for Employee Name Changes

June 2018

2019 HSA and HDHP Limits Released – Form 300A Electronic Submission Requirement Now Applies Nationwide – 2019 ‘Pay or Play’ Affordability Percentage Set at 9.86% – How to Keep Your Employees Motivated This Summer  – Hiring and Managing Seasonal Employees

May 2018

FAQs on Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit Released – DOL Clarifies Federal Law on Tip Pooling  – Are Summer Interns Subject to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay Laws? – Small Businesses May Be Able to Keep Existing Health Coverage Through 2019 – Tips for Hiring New Graduates

March 2018

2018 Federal Tax Withholding Guidance Released – DOL Updates Employer CHIP Notice – 3 ACA Terms Employers Need to Know – Managing the Excuse-Makers

February 2018

IRS Releases New Income Tax Withholding Tables – Reminder: Post OSHA Form 300A Starting Feb. 1 – What Employers Need to Know About ACA Reporting in 2018 – DOL Adopts New Test for FLSA Applicability to Interns – 5 Must-Do’s for Employee Orientation

January 2017

Forms 1095 Due to Employees by March 2nd  – EEOC Releases Guidance on Workplace Harassment Prevention – IRS Announces 2018 Standard Mileage Rates – Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Form Released – 10 Employee Retention Resolutions for 2018

December 2017

IRS to Begin Mailing ‘Pay or Play’ Penalty Letters  – Electronic Submissions of Form 300A Data Due by Dec. 15 – New Guidance on QSEHRAs Released – How Hiring Holiday Help Impacts ‘Pay or Play’ Compliance – 5 Tips for Office Holiday Party Planning

November 2017

2017 Forms 1094 & 1095 Now Available – FSA, QSEHRA & 401(k) Limits Announced – IRS Releases 2017 Tip Reporting Form – PCORI Fees Hiked for 2018 Filing Period – Sick Workers Should Stay Home!

October 2017

Medicare Part D Notice Due Before Oct. 15 – ‘Pay or Play’ Coverage Penalties Remain in Effect – IRS Warns of New Phishing Scam – Upcoming EEO-1 Report Will Not Require Pay Data Collection – How to Deny a Time-Off Request

September 2017

DOL Releases Updated Model CHIP Notice – IRS: Health FSAs Cannot be Used for Insurance Premiums – Taming the Productivity Killers – Maximum Individual Mandate Payment for 2017 Announced – How to Make Your Job Posting Stand Out

July 2017

OSHA Not Currently Accepting Electronic Submissions of Form 300A Information – How to Keep Your Employees Motivated This Summer – HHS Releases HIPAA CyberAttack Checklist – How to Write a Good Job Description

June 2017

PCORI Fees Due to IRS No Later Than July 31 – 2018 Health Savings Account Limits Released – New OSHA Training Requirements Now Effective – IRS Offers Tips on Preparing for Natural Disasters – Tips for Hiring New Graduates

April 2017

How to Correct Form 1094 & 1095 Error – 2017 Values for Employer-Provided Vehicles Released  – USCIS Updates Form I-9 Handbook – 3 Tax Recordkeeping Tips for Employers – Hiring and Managing Seasonal Employees

February 2017

New Executive Order Calls for Minimizing Economic Burden of ACA – DOL Adjusts Labor Law Penalties for 2017 – New Expiration Date for Employer CHIP, COBRA General, and COBRA Election Notices – Reminder to Employers: Post OSHA 300A Summary Starting Feb. 1 – Medicare Part D Online Disclosure to CMS Due Mar. 1

December 2016

New Form I-9 Released – Deadlines Extended for Furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C in Early 2017 – New ADA Wellness Program Notice Requirement Effective January 1 – Dollar Amount Used to Determine PCORI Fee Rises to $2.26 – Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability – Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Granted Against New Federal Overtime Rule

November 2016

2017 HSA and Health FSA Contribution Limits Announced – 2016 ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program Contributions Form Due by November 15 – IRS Releases Final 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095 – New Federal Overtime Rule Effective December 1 – Election Day is November 8th–Are Your Employees Entitled to Voting Leave?

October 2016

Medicare Part D Disclosure to Individuals Due by October 14 – Current Version of Employer CHIP Notice Set to Expire on October 31 – Maximum Individual Mandate Payment Amount for 2016 Released – Top 5 Tips on Adopting and Enforcing a Time-Off Policy – Social Security Requirements for Employee Name Changes

September 2016

New Federal Minimum Wage and Employee Polygraph Workplace Posters Must Be Posted – 2016 ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program Contribution Rate and Deadlines Announced – DOL Issues Guidance for Private Employers on Final Overtime Rule – IRS Releases 2016 Draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Instructions – 5 Tips to Prepare Your Business for a Natural Disaster

August 2016

Penalties Increase for Employers Violating Certain Federal Labor Laws – Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Include Elimination of Filing Exemption for Small Group Health Plans – Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment – 5 Guidelines for Protecting Employees From Heat Stress – Employers May Continue to File ACA Information Returns (Forms 1094 & 1095)

July 2016

PCORI Fees Due by August 1st for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans – Increased Penalty for Violating EEOC Posting Requirements – 5 Must-Have Forms and Records fro New Hires – Sample Notice Helps Employers Comply With New ADA Wellness Program Rules – Tips for Keeping Employees Motivated During the Summer

June 2016

Changes to Federal Overtime Rules for ‘White Collar’ Workers – Employers Should Continue to Use Current Version of Form I-9 Until Further Notice – Certain Employers May Receive Marketplace Notices – 6 Factors for Deciding Whether to Pay Interns – New Rules Apply to Wellness Programs Beginning in 2017

May 2016

2017 HSA Contribution Limits and Minimum Deductions – Upcoming Deadlines for Employers to File ACA Information Returns With the IRS – Updated FMLA Poster Now Available – 3 Things for Employers to Know About Vacation Leave – New Versions of SBC Templates and Related Documents Finalized

April 2016

5 Q&As About ACA Information Forms for Employees – New ACA Guidance on SBC Templates, Cost-Sharing Limits, and Extended Transition Relief for Existing Coverage – 3 Tax Recordkeeping Tips for Employers – Common Workplace Poster Mistakes and How to Correct Them

March 2016

ACA Information Reporting Reminder: First Employee Statements Due by End of March – Charges of Discrimination Based on Disability Increase – Updated Model CHIP Notice Available for Employees – Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts – Inline Tax Tool and Resources for Small Businesses

February 2016

OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Must Be Posted From February 1 – April 30, 5 Quick Facts About Cobra, Additional Guidance on Retroactive Increase for 2015 Monthly Benefits, How to handle Employees Attendance During Bad Weather, New Guidance on Joint Employment Under teh Fair Labor Standards Act

January 2016

Delays Announced for Forms 1094 & 1095 and ‘Cadillac Tax’, New Standard Mileage Rates and Changes to Transportation Tax Benefits, Affordability and Penalty Thresholds Adjusted Under ‘Pay or Play’, Further Guidance on ACA Compliance for HRAs and Employer Payment Plans, 5 Employee Retention Resolutions for the New Year

December 2015

2016 Health Care Reform Preview, State Minimum Wage Rates Set to Increase, Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Performance Reviews, Prevent the Spread of Germs at Work

November 2015

2016 Changes to Tax Benefits and Retirement Plan Limits, Proposed Rules Implement Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision for Federal Tax Purposes, Holiday Bonus Know-How: 3 Guidelines for Employers, Applicable Dollar Amount for Calculating PCORI Fee Adjusted for Inflation, No Social Security Benefit Increase for 2016

October 2015

2015 Trends in Employer-Provided Health Benefits, Final Forms and Instructions Available for Employers to Report 2015 Health Coverage and ACA Compliance, Checking In With New Employees, Employers Must Provide Medicare Part D Notices Prior to October 15th, 5 Ways to Discourage Distracted Driving on the Job

September 2015

Access to Health Care Remains High on List of Employer-Provided Benefits, Wrap SPDs: Satisfying Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans, 3 Guidelines for Managing a Difficult Employee, Quick Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act, Reminder: 2015 Annual Enrollment Counts for ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program Due November 16th

August 2015
Proposed Changes to Overtime Eligibility Rules for ‘White Collar’ Workers, ACA Information Reporting Penalties Will Increase in 2016, Avoiding Employee Mis-classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 5 Guidelines for Protecting Employees from Heat Stress, Final Rules Expand ACA Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation

July 2015
ACA Premium Tax Credits Available in Both Federal and State-Based Exchanges, Supreme Court Strikes Down State Laws Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage, PCORI Fees Due by July 31 for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans, Final Rules Revise Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Requirements, 2015 Draft Forms Available to Help Employers Prepare for ACA Information Reporting

June 2015
2016 HSA Contribution Limits and Minimum Deductibles, OSHA Updates ‘It’s The Law’ Poster for Employers to Display in the Workplace, New IRS Q&As on ACA Information Reporting by Large Employers, Updated FMLA Model Forms Now Available for Use by Employers, LGBT Workers and Employment Discrimination: What Employers Should Know

May 2015
Employee Engagement Tied to Opinion of Total Rewards, Updated 2015 Pay or Play Penalty Calculators Now Available, 8 Topics to Include in Your Employee Handbook, Employment-Based Wellness Programs Require Careful Design, New Proposed Definition of ‘Fiduciary’ for Retirement Plans

April 2015
5 Things for Employers to Know About Form I-9, Retaliation Tops List of Employment Discrimination Complaints, New Hire Onboarding Checklist, Tips to Lower Your Risk of a Group Health Plan Audit, Rule Change Allows More Time to Provide Annual Disclosures to Employees in 401(k)-Type Retirement Plans

March 2015
IRS Penalties for Small Employers Reimbursing Individual Premiums Will Not Apply Until July 2015, Final Forms and Instructions for Employers to Report Health Coverage and ACA Compliance, FMLA Protections Extended to All Eligible Employees in Same-Sex Marriages, 3 Things to Consider When Terminating an Employee, Updated Model CHIP Notice for Employers

February 2015
Top 5 Health Care Reform FAQs, Additional Guidance on Retroactive Increase for 2014 Monthly Transit Benefits, OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Must Be Posted From February 1 – April 30, 3 Steps to Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Retirement Planning Resources for Your
Business

January 2015
New Standard Mileage Rates and Transportation Benefit Tax Changes, Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements, Reminder: Certificates Showing Prior Health Coverage for Employees No Longer Required Beginning December 31, 2014, 5 HR Compliance Resolutions for 2015

December 2014
State Minimum Wage Rates Set to Increase, 2015 Changes to Health FSAs and Other Tax Benefits, Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability, 3 Tips for Managing Employee Records and Files, Deadline Delayed to Submit ACA Reinsurance Program Enrollment Counts

November 2014
2015 Retirement Plan Limits Announced, Online Access to Federal SHOP Expected to Begin November 15th, Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2015, Ebola and the Workplace: Guidance for Employers, Employers Subject to ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program Must Submit Annual Enrollment Counts by November 15th

October 2014
Employers Must Provide Medicare Part D Notices by October 15th, IRS Updates Q&As on ACA Information Reporting, Additional Permitted Election Changes for Health Coverage Under Cafeteria Plans, IRS Adjusts Applicable Dollar Amount Udes to Determine PCORI Fee, OSHA Final Rule Updates Reporting & Recordkeeping Requirements

September 2014
ACA Affordability Percentages Increased for 2015, IRS Responds to Conflicting Court Ruling Regarding ACA Tax Credits, Proposed Rule Requires Certain Federal Contractors to Submit Equal Pay Report, Social Security Requirements for Employee Name Changes, Proposed Rules to Expand ACA’s Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation

August 2014
2015 Pay or Play Calculators & Timeline for Compliance, IRS Releases Draft Forms for New ACA Information Reporting Requirements, Updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Releated Issues, Longevity Annuities Are Now Accessible to 401(k)s and Other Retirement Plans, Supreme Court Ruling & Subsequent Guidance on ACA Contraceptive Mandate

July 2014
PCORI Fees Due by July 31 for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans, Employment-Based Orientation Periods Cannot Exceed One Month for Purposes of ACA 90-Day Waiting Period Limit, Proposed Rule Extends FMLA Protections to All Eligible Employees in Same-Sex Marriages, 3 Do’s and Don’ts for Setting a Workplace Dress Code

June 2014
Reminder: Updated COBRA and CHIP Model Notices for Employers, Minimum Wage to Increase in Several States This Summer, Employers Face Significant Penalties for Reimburing Employees’ Individual Health Insurance Premiums, New FAQs Address Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template and Other Affordable Care Act Topics, 4 Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated During the Summer

May 2014
2015 HSA Contribution Limits and Minimum Deductibles, ACA Annual Deductible Limits for Small Group Plans Eliminated, Health FSA Carryovers May Impact HSA Eligibility, Employees Benefits and Same-Sex Marriage: Where Things Stand One Year Later, 6 Factors for Deciding Whether to Pay Interns

April 2014
Eligibility Rules for Overtime Pay Undergoing Review, Health Care Reform Highlights, New Guidance for Employers Conducting Background Checks, 3 Tax Recordkeeping Tips for Employers

March 2014
5 Must-Know Facts about ‘Pay or Play’, Final Rules on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation for Group Health Plans, Certificates Showing Prior Health Coverage for Employees No Longer Required Beginning December 31, 2014, Number of Employment Discrimination Charges Declines

February 2014
Employers Will Not Be Required to Post Employee Rights Notice in the Workplace, Important Changes to the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit in 2014, Do’s and Don’ts for Preventing Common COBRA Mistakes, 2 Things Employers Should Know About Payroll Cards

January 2014
Health Care Reform: 2014 Do’s and Delays, New Standard Mileage Rates Announced, 7 Tips for Setting Employee Goals in the New Year, New Guidance on Participation by Same-Sex Spouses in Certain Employee Benefit Plans

December 2013
Small Businesses May Be Able to Keep Existing Health Coverage in 2014, State Minimum Wage Rates Set to Increase, Various Tax Benefits Will Change in 2014 Due to Inflation Adjustments, Employees Without Health Insurance May Face Penalties – 5 Q&As, 3 Guidelines to Reward Employees for a Job Well Done

November 2013
Retirement Plan Limits Announced for 2014, Changes to “Use-or-Lose” Rule for Health FSAs, Health Care Reform Muths vs. Facts, FAQs Regarding Holiday Pay and Time Off, Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2014

October 2013
High Deductibel Health Plans May Cover Preventive Services With No Deductible, New Guidance on Health Care Reform Rules for HRAs & Other Arrangements, SHOP Online Enrollment Delayed Until November, Planning for Workplace Emergencies, Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses: Recent Agency Updates, Model HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices Now Available

September 2013
October 1st Deadline for Employers to Provide Required Exchange Notices, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Prompts Guidance from Federal Agencies, Paying Employees: 3 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Provide Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notices by October 15th

August 2013
Health Care Remains High on List of Employer-Provided Benefits, ‘Pay of Play’ Requirements Delayed Until 2015, Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts, 5 Tips for Serving Healthy Foods at Workplace Meetings, 401(k) Plan Administrators May Reschedule Annual Disclosures to Employees

July 2013
Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Defense of Marriage Act, Delay Finalized for Employee Choice of Health Plans in SHOP Exchanges, First PCORI Fees Due by July 31st for Employers Sponsoring HRAs and Other Self-Insured Plans, 5 Guidelines for Protecting Employees from Heat Stress, Changes to Wellness Programs Coming in 2014

June 2013
New Model Forms Released: Health Insurance Exchange Notices and Revised COBRA Election Notice, 2014 Contribution Limits and Minimum Deductibles for Health Savings Accounts, NLRB ‘Employee Rights’ Poster Rule Invalidated by U.S. Court of Appeals, Q&As Address Cancer and Other Specific Disabilities in the Workplace, Workplace Dress Codes — 3 Do’s and Don’ts for Employers

May 2013
New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template for 2014, Key Employer Choice Feature of SHOP Exchanges Delayed Until 2015, Unpaid Internships: What Employers Need to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act, 5 Tips for Keeping Stress at Work in Check, Reminder: Employers Must Use New Version of Form I-9 Beginning May 7, 2013

April 2013
New Form I-9 for Employers to Verify Employment Eligibility, Top 3 Health Care Reform FAQs, Employees May Be Eligible for Retirement Savings Tax Credit, 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Successful Telecommuting

March 2013
In This Issue – Health Care Reform: New Guidance on “Pay or Play,” Annual Limit Rules, and More; New FMLA Poster and Final Rules on Military Family Leave Amendments; 4 Common Workplace Poster Mistakes & How to Correct Them; Small Business Tax Tools and Resources Online

February 2013
In This Issue – Deadline Postponed for Employers to Provide Notice Regarding Health Insurance Exchanges, “Fiscal Cliff” Law: Key Highlights for Employers, 3 Employee Pay & Attendance Issues When Bad Weather Strikes, 100,000 Employment Discrimination Charges Filed in Fiscal Year 2012

January 2013
In This Issue – 2013 Health Care Reform Checklist, New Guidance on Employer “Pay or Play” Requirements, 5 HR Compliance Resolutions for 2013, Reminder: Employee Payroll Tax Cut Expires