Final Rule Expands Options For HRAs

On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a final rule that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Effective in 2020, the final rule establishes two new types of HRAs: Individual Coverage HRA: Allows employers to offer an HRA to be used … Continue reading Final Rule Expands Options For HRAs

Health Care Costs Still Rising, According to Annual Survey

Each year, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust conduct a survey to examine employer-sponsored health benefit trends such as annual deductibles, plan enrollment, and health and wellness programs. The 2018 edition of this survey has been released, and it discusses a lot, including how health care costs continue to rise. … Continue reading Health Care Costs Still Rising, According to Annual Survey

Don’t Shortchange Your Employees’ Financial Literacy

If you think your employees are prepared for retirement, think again. Less than 40 percent of American workers feel like their savings are on track for retirement. In fact, 25 percent have no retirement savings at all, according to the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. An Education Problem Experts point to low … Continue reading Don’t Shortchange Your Employees’ Financial Literacy

DOL Finalizes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans

On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure. These benefit arrangements are called association health plans (AHPs). By forming AHPs, small employers can avoid certain … Continue reading DOL Finalizes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans

FLSA Amendment Prohibits Employers from Retaining Tips, Allows Tip Pooling

A 2018 spending bill enacted on March 23, 2018, amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to: Prohibit employers from retaining employees’ tips, regardless of whether the tip credit is used; and Eliminate prior regulations that barred tip pooling when employers pay tipped employees at least the full FLSA minimum wage and do not claim … Continue reading FLSA Amendment Prohibits Employers from Retaining Tips, Allows Tip Pooling

Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes

On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed a short-term continuing spending resolution into law to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Cadillac tax Health insurance providers fee Medical device excise tax Cadillac Tax … Continue reading Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes

ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What?

In late March 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because the House was unable to pass the AHCA, the ACA remains current law, and employers must continue to comply with all applicable ACA provisions. … Continue reading ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What?