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Compliance Bulletin: 2019 Minimum Wage Rates

OVERVIEW The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, many states have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. When the state rate and […]
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ACA Compliance Bulletin

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the […]
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Compliance Update: Legalized Marijuana and Employment

While all marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, most states have enacted laws that allow certain uses of marijuana or a marijuana derivative. None of these laws place […]
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REPUBLICANS END ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE ACA

OVERVIEW Following the midterm elections, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have indicated that they will no longer attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The midterms […]
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Voters Identify Healthcare as America’s Top Voting Issue

Election day is now behind us and it was one for the books. Voters came out in record numbers for the 2018 midterms and changed the landscape of the […]
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IRS Releases New PCOR Fee

Monday, the IRS released Notice 2018-85 which adjusted the applicable amount for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Fees to $2.45 for policy/plan years ending on or after October 1, […]
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Compliance Bulletin: Final Forms for 2018 ACA Reporting Released

Overview In late Sept. 2018, the International Revenue Service, (IRS) released final 2018 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. 2018 Forms […]
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Compliance Bulletin: Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2019

OVERVIEW On May 21, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2018-34 to index the contribution percentages in 2019 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable […]
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Compliance Bulletin

OVERVIEW On April 26, 2018, the IRS announced that, for 2018, taxpayers with family high deductible health plan (HDHP) coverage may treat $6,900 as the annual contribution limit to […]
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Compliance Bulletin: Final Regulations – 2019 Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters

On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations and related guidance on Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions including Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), […]
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