Compliance
IRS Announces Employer Health Insurance Affordability Threshold for 2020

If you’re a large employer, meaning one who employs more than 50 full time equivalents, then by now you are very familiar with the requirement to offer affordable health insurance to at least 95% of full time employees. Beginning in 2014, the IRS issued a mandate requiring all[…]

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Deadline October 15th: Employer Medicare Part D Notices

Each year, Medicare Part D requires employers to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable. Employers must provide the annual disclosure notice to Medicare-eligible individuals before[…]

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PCORI Fees Due July 31 – 9 Employer Questions Answered

This month employers reach the end of an era as they pay one of the last fees created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2012, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress created a nonprofit corporation known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support clinical[…]

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IRS Form 5500 Due July 31 – 12 Employer Q&A

Each year employee benefit plan administrators are required to report on the financial condition, investments and operations of their employee benefit plans. Failure to file the return can result in a maximum penalty of $2,194 per day for each day late. The Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue[…]

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$1.7 Trillion in Uncredited Wages – 8 Employer Questions Answered

Recently a large number of employers have received letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) department titled “Employer Correction Requests”. These letters notify of discrepancies between the information SSA has on record relative to an individual’s name and/or social security number (SSN), and that which the employer has[…]

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Employer EEO-1 Reporting Deadline: 10 Things To Know

On March 18, 2019 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced employers may now begin using the EEO-1 Online Filing System to report their 2018 employment data.The official opening followed a federal court decision, issued on March 4, 2019, that reinstated requirements for employers to also include information[…]

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Arizona Paid Sick Leave: 5 Tips for Employers

There are no federal laws currently in the United States that require employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. However as a growing trend, states across the country are continuing to enact their own paid sick leave laws. In recent years, 10 states and the District[…]

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Marijuana Impairment & Employee Termination: 9 Legal Tips for Employers

In recent months an increasing number of employers have approached me with questions related to medical marijuana in the workplace. The common theme is employees testing positive for marijuana following a workplace accident and/or injury, yet employers remain fuzzy when it comes to their legal right to discipline[…]

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Government Shutdown: New E-Verify Rules; Other Impacts for Employers

The current partial government shutdown—which has been in effect since Dec. 22, 2018—is the longest shutdown in U.S. history. Unlike past shutdowns, the government is not completely closed. However, due to the prolonged nature of the shutdown, some employers are starting to feel its effects. Here is an[…]

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2019 Minimum Wage Rates by State

As we head into a brand new year employers will need to ensure their payroll systems and employee poster notices have been updated with the new minimum wage rates now in effect across the country. The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, many states[…]

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