IRS Provides Limited Relief for Information Reporting

Date: October 12, 2020

Topic: Benefits News

The IRS recently announced that it was extending the issuance deadline for 2020 Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C to March 2, 2021. Due dates for other reporting requirements, such as filing 2020 Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C with the IRS hav...

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DOL Issues New Guidance on FFCRA Child Care Leave

Date: September 30, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, HR Consulting

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently added to its list of FAQs concerning leave under the FFCRA, specifically tackling leave questions related to children’s remote learning programs. The DOL’s guidance initially stated that an employee ...

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Planning for Open Enrollment in a Socially Distant World

Date: July 21, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, BeneTips

The COVID-19 pandemic has many businesses operating differently – workforces are now positioned remotely whenever possible and some employers are doing more with less either to comply or out of necessity.  “Bricks and mortar” facilities...

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Image of American Flag and LGBTQ flag in the hand of an onlooker of the Supreme Court. Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN / REUTERS

The Verdict is in: Supreme Court Rules on Title VII Protections

Date: June 25, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, Health Care Reform

On June 15th, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition against sex-based discrimination in employment set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes sexual orientation and gender identity-based discriminati...

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IRS Announces PCORI Fee Increase

Date: June 15, 2020

Topic: Benefits News, Health Care Reform

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice last week announcing an increase in the dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for the upcoming plan year. The applicable dollar amount to be ...

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Newsflash! IRS Announces Increase To HSA Contribution Limits

Date: May 26, 2020

Topic: Benefits News

The IRS announced an increase to the maximum HSA contribution limits for the 2021 calendar year in Revenue Procedure 2020-32. The individual contribution limit has been raised from $3,550 to $3,600. The family contribution limi...

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COVID-19 Update: EEOC Not Collecting Employer EEO-1 Data for 2020

Date: May 14, 2020

Topic: Benefits News

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 7th that it will delay collection of EEO-1 Component 1 information—which asks for the number of employees who work for a covered business sorted by job category, race, ethnicity...

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From Life Events to COBRA, the New COVID-19-related Outbreak Period Relief is a Game Changer

Date: May 4, 2020

Topic: Benefits News

On April 29, 2020, the Departments of Labor and Treasury issued a notice that extends certain time frames affecting participants’ rights and plan obligations as they relate to various plan requirements.  The extensions of time periods canno...

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Prepare to Use the Newly Issued I-9 Form

Date: February 24, 2020

Topic: Benefits Administration, Benefits News

A new version of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form has been issued and will become the mandatory standard on May 1, 2020. Through April 30, employers may choose to use the previous edition dated July 17, 2017, but our recommendation...

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IRS Extends 1095-C Issuance Deadline, Offers New “Relief”

Date: December 3, 2019

Topic: Benefits News, Health Care Reform

On December 2, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline to provide copies of Form 1095-C for 2019 to full-time employees.  The extension pushes the issuance deadline back 30 days to March 2, 2020.  The original issu...

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