Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know So Far

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020. In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely … Continue reading Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know So Far

CADILLAC TAX AND OTHER KEY ACA TAXES REPEALED

OVERVIEW On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that prevents a government shutdown and repeals the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Cadillac tax on high-cost group health coverage, beginning in 2020; The medical devices excise tax, beginning in 2020; and The health insurance … Continue reading CADILLAC TAX AND OTHER KEY ACA TAXES REPEALED

UPCOMING ACA REPORTING DEADLINES

OVERVIEW Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2019 calendar year is due in early 2020. Specifically, reporting entities must: File returns with the IRS by 28, 2020 (or March 31, 2020, if filing electronically); and Furnish statements to individuals by March 2, 2020. Originally, individual statements were due … Continue reading UPCOMING ACA REPORTING DEADLINES

NEW ICHRAs – Employers Paying Individual Insurance Premiums

Beginning in 2020, employers of all sizes may implement a new HRA design – an individual coverage HRA (ICHRA) – to reimburse their eligible employees for insurance policies purchased in the individual market or Medicare premiums. Final rules released by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) permit employers … Continue reading NEW ICHRAs – Employers Paying Individual Insurance Premiums

DOL Issues New Salary Limits for Overtime Exemptions

Are you compliant?  January 2020 is around the corner.

Emery Benefit Solutions

Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new final rule that updates the salary thresholds that some individuals must meet in order to qualify for a minimum wage and
overtime exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

2019 Overtime Final Rule
The final rule affects the exemptions for executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees, highly compensated employees (HCEs), employees in the motion  picture industry and individuals who work in various U.S. territories.

The final rule’s salary levels differ from both the 2016 and 2019 proposed levels. For 2020, the final rule EAP and HCE salary exemptions are as follows:’

 Standard salary level: $35,568 per year ($684 per week)
 HCEs: $107,432 per year

The DOL intends to update the standard salary and HCE total annual compensation  levels more regularly in the future through notice-andcomment rulemaking.

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FSA Contribution and Other Benefits Limits Rise for 2020

The IRS announced an increase to flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits for the 2020 plan year. Individuals can contribute $2,750 in 2020, up $50 from the previous year. Since this announcement came so late in the year, some employers may not use the updated figures in their benefits limits—as doing so would require an … Continue reading FSA Contribution and Other Benefits Limits Rise for 2020

The Pros and Cons of Incentive Pay

It’s no secret that top talent expects to be paid top dollar. According to PayScale, 25% of employees said that compensation was their main motivation for quitting a job.  Moreover, compensation is consistently reported as one of the top motivators for employees. That’s where incentive pay can be beneficial. Incentive pay is a type of … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Incentive Pay