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Feds confirm vaccine wellness programs are ok, and that employers may ask about vaccination status

Feds confirm vaccine wellness programs are ok, and that employers may ask about vaccination status

Federal authorities, in two new announcements, have validated employers’ use of healthcare plan-related wellness programs to incent employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and confirmed that the HIPAA privacy rules do not prevent employers from asking employees or...

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Feds to require reporting of air ambulance claim data, tip their hand on impending broker compensation rules

Feds to require reporting of air ambulance claim data, tip their hand on impending broker compensation rules

The federal Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued a second round of proposed rules late last week which, when finalized, will solicit utilization and cost data from health insurance carriers, group health plans and air ambulance...

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Smaller employers beware: IRS doesn’t want paper ACA filings next year (or paper W-2 and similar filings, for that matter)

Smaller employers beware: IRS doesn’t want paper ACA filings next year (or paper W-2 and similar filings, for that matter)

Start lining up a payroll and/or ACA reporting vendor now The IRS has proposed two significant changes to electronic filing requirements for various information returns including not just the Forms 1094-C and 1095-C filings required of many employers by the Affordable...

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HR Compliance Check: With National Breastfeeding Month around the corner, be sure your lactation break policy and related facility accommodations are compliant

HR Compliance Check: With National Breastfeeding Month around the corner, be sure your lactation break policy and related facility accommodations are compliant

August is National Breastfeeding Month. With many employers starting to see employees migrating back to the office with more regularity, addressing lactation breaks and related accommodations may be something you haven’t had to give much thought to during this time of...

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HHS announces ACA maximum out-of-pocket limit for 2022; allows for marketplace enrollment when COBRA subsidy ends

HHS announces ACA maximum out-of-pocket limit for 2022; allows for marketplace enrollment when COBRA subsidy ends

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the inflation-adjusted maximum out-of-pocket (OOP) limits that will apply to non-grandfathered plans for plan years beginning in 2022. The OOP limit includes the plan’s deductible and cost sharing...

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Say it isn’t so! Does FMLA apply when an asymptomatic employee tests positive for COVID-19 but cannot work from home?

Say it isn’t so! Does FMLA apply when an asymptomatic employee tests positive for COVID-19 but cannot work from home?

In a pending Pennsylvania case (Payne v. Woods Services, Inc.), the trial court hints that the FMLA may apply in the case of an employee who is asymptomatic but tests positive for COVID-19 and is unable to telework. While the case survived a motion to dismiss, the...

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“For every cloud, a silver lining.” San Francisco postpones HCSO reporting deadline

“For every cloud, a silver lining.” San Francisco postpones HCSO reporting deadline

Amidst the pall of the pandemic, we celebrate little rays of sunshine. Here’s one: San Francisco has postponed its Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) annual reporting obligation for the 2020 calendar year from the end of this month to at least Oct. 31, 2021....

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Finally, some good news! California’s Franchise Tax Board delays individual mandate reporting and disclosure deadlines

Finally, some good news! California’s Franchise Tax Board delays individual mandate reporting and disclosure deadlines

Well, 2021 is off to a contentious start politically, and coronavirus infections are surging again, but we have good news from California! The state’s taxing authority, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), has extended or effectively extended the deadlines in 2021 for...

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Furloughs, layoffs, ACA measurement periods and next year’s medical plan eligibility: Chaos gives way to confusion

Furloughs, layoffs, ACA measurement periods and next year’s medical plan eligibility: Chaos gives way to confusion

As if 2020 has not already wrought enough chaos, many employers are finding that their medical plan eligibility rules are about to add insult to their employees’ injuries triggered by furloughs, layoffs or reduced work hours in 2020. Those reduced hours in 2020 may...

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