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What’s so funny about the updated ACA Exchange Notice Form?
Guess what was revealed in the latest ACA form update?  The federal government assumes that your business has a full-fledged HR Department.  I doubt this comes as any surprise to our small-to-mid-sized clients! Earlier this year, the Department of Labor made a minor change to its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices, the ACA Marketplace notice...
Can a 17 year old work at a construction site?
With the shortage of construction labor (skilled and unskilled) in Florida and the beginning of the summer, construction employers are looking at any and all available labor sources. Is your company looking to hire a high schooler this summer?  Before your construction company hires a 16 or 17-year-old to work, make sure your company reviews......
DOL Says Tip Pools Can Include Cooks and Dishwashers
The Trump Administration continues to review policies and guidelines issued under the Obama Administration.  Restaurant and hospitality employers will recall that the Obama DOL imposed new regulations that restricted tip pooling (the 2012 field bulletin guidance is rescinded).  In April, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released updated guidanc...
It’s Holiday Bonus time! 4 compliance tips for Employers
Many companies provide a holiday/Christmas bonus or year-end bonus to some or all employees in December.  There are several important rules about bonuses that every employer needs to know.  When planning your bonus plan, and calculating a budget, consider the following important reminders: Bonuses that are discretionary (meaning, the company deci...
What if a Company does not properly designate an FMLA absence?
For many reasons, a company (with at least 50 employees) may forget, or simply neglect to provide an eligible employee with the proper FMLA paperwork before or during their leave of absence.  If this happens, does the employer need to offer the affected employee with a new 12 weeks of FMLA leave, re-sent the original......
Obama Overtime Rule is Invalidated
On August 31, a federal judge hearing the case challenging the validity of the Obama Administration’s controversial new overtime regulation ruled that the key provisions were unlawful.  The regulations, developed in 2016, had nearly doubled the salary level required to qualify a worker for an exemption from overtime (the Fair Labor Standards...
Did you miss it? July 31 deadline for filing Form 5500 (calendar year plans)
The Department of Labor deadline for filing Form 5500 (Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan) is the last day of the month following the seventh month after the plan year ends. So, if your company’s group health plans end on December 31st, your due date is July 31, 2017.  Did you remember? Group health plans:......
New updated CHIP model notice released in 2017
In February 2017 the Department of Labor issued an updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now available for employers. Employers that provide insurance coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHI...
Uniform Deduction Policy violation at Life Time Fitness costs $976k
MINNEAPOLIS – Life Time Fitness, a Minnesota-based company, has agreed to pay 15,909 employees nationwide a total of $976,765 – $488,229 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – after a federal investigation found the employer violated federal minimum wage requirements at its health clubs and fitness center locations in 26 st...
Current model #CHIP Notice extended through November 30, 2016
Employers that provide medical insurance to employees in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must inform employees about the potential opportunities for assistance in obtaining coverage.  This is usually accomplished by providing a notice annually at the time of open enrollment, and then ...
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