February 12, 2018

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American Heart Month
-Take Heart & Give Salt Less Room on Your Plate

Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium every day.  The American Heart Association recommends we consume no more than 1,500mg of sodium per day and most Americans consume more than 3,400 mg per day. The American Heart Association states the following six popular foods can add high levels of sodium to your diet: […]

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February 6, 2018

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2017 J.W. Terrill Outreach Giving
- Infographic

2017 was another amazing year of giving at J.W. Terrill! Through Terrill Outreach, our generous employees donated over $60,000 to different organizations in the St. Louis community – a 62% increase from 2016. Thank you J.W. Terrill employees!

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January 16, 2018

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Making Harassment Transparent

Sexual harassment is finally getting much needed media attention, but is media attention enough? Now is the time for employers to think critically about their culture and decide if they are doing everything they can to prevent harassment.  Harassment, in any form, is complex because it is the combination of law and perception. The Equal Employment […]

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January 5, 2018

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What the 2017 Tax Reform Actually Means for Employers

On December 22nd President Trump signed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, marking his administration’s first successful modification to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Two core aspects of the ACA are the employer mandate and in the individual mandate. The individual mandate requires U.S. citizens have minimum essential coverage for each month, qualify for […]

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December 29, 2017

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The Family Love Letter

I am fortunate to work with quite a few estate and retirement planning professionals in providing their clients with senior life, long-term care and Medicare health insurance products.  One of the items I’ve noted that my experts recommend their clients prepare is a “Family Love Letter”. The Family Love Letter is both a document and […]

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December 22, 2017

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IRS Gives an Early Present to 1094/1095 Filers

Today the IRS announced in Notice 2018-06 they will be extending due dates and good faith filing relief to 2017’s 1094/1095 reporting requirement. Under the Affordable Care Act, Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) are required to complete Form 1095-C for each of their full-time employees. In addition, issuers of coverage must report on all those enrolled […]

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December 20, 2017

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Medicare Part B Premiums Rise Next Year?

CMS Medicare has announced that the standard Medicare Part B premium will remain at $134 per month in 2018. The headline is comforting for retirees, as it appears that premiums are not increasing.  But read further down the press release and one notes that for many enrollees,  42 percent to be precise, they’ll see their […]

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December 19, 2017

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OSHA Reporting Deadline – Update

You may recall our recent blog post on OSHA’s new online reporting requirements. Last Friday, December 15th, had been the cut-off date for submitting your information. On Monday December 18th OSHA issued a press release indicating they would continue to accept electronic reporting of the mandatory information until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will […]

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December 19, 2017

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Health Care Reform Update
-Links to 12/15 Webinar Recording and Slides

If you were unable to attend the Health Care Reform Update Webinar last Friday, you can view a recording of the presentation here. You can access the presentation slides via this link.

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December 6, 2017

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IRS Employer Mandate Penalties
-2015 penalty notices are being issued

The IRS recently updated the Questions and Answers section of its website which addressed the employer shared responsibility requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These requirements are commonly referred to as the employer mandate. Beginning in 2015, the ACA required employers to offer full-time employees health coverage or face two different potential penalties: No Coverage – […]

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December 6, 2017

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Medical Requirements of the OSHA Silica Rule

The new OSHA rule governing respirable crystalline silica calls for medical surveillance screenings to allow for identification of silica exposure-related health effects in your workers. But who exactly must be surveilled, when and how often do you conduct the surveillance? For purposes of this article, our focus is the construction industry.  This new rule requires […]

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November 29, 2017

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OSHA Reporting Deadline Approaching

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the deadline for submitting OSHA 300 form information, required under the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule. The new enforcement date of December 15, 2017 is quickly approaching. The Injury tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page. This application […]

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