March 9, 2017

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Questions to Ask If You’re Considering a HealthCare Sharing Ministry

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) driving premiums on individual health plans out of reach for many families, we’re getting more inquiries on HealthCare Sharing Ministries. These are programs administered by religious affiliated organizations in which members agree to share healthcare costs, much like the mutual aid societies of earlier generations.  The growing interest in […]

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March 7, 2017

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American Health Care Act
-Congressional Republicans’ ACA Replacement

Republicans have introduced their first bill aimed at fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), also known to many as Obamacare. Before outlining the major provisions of the bill, it’s important to understand that Congress will begin reviewing and debating the bill today and will likely continue doing […]

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March 7, 2017

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sets aside every March to celebrate National Nutrition Month. The purpose of the campaign is to educate and inform consumers on the importance of nutrition in their everyday lives. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. There are over 100,000 […]

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March 2, 2017

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St. Louis Minimum Wage Is Going Up
-Businesses are waiting for additional guidance from the Mayor's Office

We’ve been getting questions from clients about the St. Louis minimum wage law and what it means for their businesses now that the Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the law. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisa Brown wrote about the law and Mayor Francis Slay’s forthcoming guidance on a grace period for businesses to become compliant. […]

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March 2, 2017

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Overtime Rule – Dead? What Employers Still Need To Do

Since Reince Priebus, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, issued a memo on January 20, 2017, to freeze federal regulations that have not gone into effect, it is looking like the overtime rule might be losing its pulse. While this doesn’t mean it is absolutely over, it’s hard to imagine the Trump administration fighting to implement […]

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February 22, 2017

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Are Consumer-Direct Health Plans Working?

Qualified high deductible health plans (Q.H.D.H.P.), also known as “Consumer-Directed” plans, have been around for a number of years.  Enrollment in these plans has increased over the past decade.  Q.H.D.H.P. plans have a high deductible component which must be met before benefits are paid typically at 100%.  The minimum deductible amount is determined by the […]

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February 22, 2017

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28th Right To Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri’s newly appointed Governor signed legislation making Missouri the 28th right-to-work (RTW) state. Gov. Greitens’ signature was the final step to push a very long battle driven by Missouri Republicans and state business groups. But what does it mean to be a RTW state? RTW states allow non-union workers to work in […]

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February 17, 2017

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Individual Taxpayers No Longer Required to Answer Health Insurance Questions
-IRS shift in policy due to President Trump’s Executive Order

Earlier this week, the IRS indicated it would no longer reject tax returns that failed to disclose information about the person’s health insurance coverage. This represents a significant change in policy. Under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “individual mandate,” every person is required to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty for failing to do […]

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February 10, 2017

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Health Care Reform Webinar

If you missed the Health Care Reform Webinar we presented on February 6, 2017, you can watch it by using this link. The webinar covers familiar topics such as 1094/1095 reporting, creditable coverage disclosures, midyear election changes. It also discusses new topics, such as the Trump administration’s impact on health care reform and the Qualified […]

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February 8, 2017

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EEOC’s Midlife Crisis

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wants comparable pay for comparable work and has been working long and hard to achieve it. All laws that the EEOC enforces prohibit pay discrimination. This would include, The Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which are both over 50 years old. It also […]

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January 31, 2017

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The Heroin Epidemic

Over the last few years, it is likely you have seen news reports chronicling the escalating problem of heroin addiction in this country. Heroin use has been at an epidemic level for years.  Heart-breaking statistics are tracked by several organizations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports heroin use increased 63% during […]

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January 27, 2017

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Employee Handbook Misconceptions

Does an Employee Handbook Really Matter? Yes it really does. This is just one example of the many misconceptions employers may have about their company handbook. For so many reasons, handbooks do matter. It’s no surprise that handbooks and employment laws create a level of confusion. As we say in the HR world, we are […]

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