January 28, 2015

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Reminder of February 1 Deadline for Posting OSHA 300A Summary

It’s time to post your OSHA 300A, Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses.  All establishments covered by Part 1904 of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard must complete the OSHA Form 300A even if no work-related injury or illness occurred during the year. OSHA also requires these employers to post this form […]

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January 28, 2015

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Certification for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate

With the beginning of the tax filing season, many employers have been getting inquiries from employees whose tax preparers are asking for proof of minimum essential coverage for purposes of the individual mandate requirement in filing their 2014 tax returns. This is one of those ripples in the pond that was caused by delaying the […]

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January 27, 2015

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Medical Device Tax’s Uncertain Future

The medical device tax has been an unpopular component of the Affordable Care Act for many years, but this year, with a Republican-controlled Congress, its repeal has become a realistic possibility.  In addition to the Republican majority, some Democratic Senators – in particular Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken – also support repeal. The tax itself […]

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January 26, 2015

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E-Cigarettes and Formaldehyde

Many news organizations have reported on the findings in a recent Letter to the Editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine in which researchers found a very high level of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). E-cigarette liquids contain a solution of propylene glycol and/or glycerol plus nicotine and flavorings. When […]

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January 23, 2015

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Who is a “Full Time” Employee?

No, it’s not a rhetorical question.  The common understanding of a full-time employee is someone who works 40 hours per week, or close to it.  As you should be aware, however, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) defines a full-time employee as anyone averaging 30 work hours per week or more.  That definition has been in […]

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January 16, 2015

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6055 and 6056: ACA Reporting by the Numbers

If you have been keeping up on healthcare reform, you may have heard the numbers 6055 and 6056 and wondered what they meant. If you haven’t heard of them, rest assured: you will. The numbers actually refer to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code sections. Those code sections require certain data to be reported to the […]

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January 13, 2015

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2015 Benefit Limits

The start of 2015 brings numerous changes to the benefits world, both large and small.  While the Individual Mandate has received the majority of publicity, there are many smaller changes that deserve attention.  Here are a few of those new limits: ACA Individual Mandate Tax The Individual Mandate is the national requirement that individuals have […]

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January 9, 2015

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Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Individual Tax Returns

While many employers are scrambling to comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate that goes into effect beginning in 2015, individuals are dealing with the implications of the other half of the ACA’s “shared responsibility” provision—the individual mandate. The IRS and HHS have both recently issued materials and plan to […]

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January 7, 2015

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2015 is The Year to Quit

Is quitting smoking on your calendar for 2015? The American Lung Association estimates that 64% of smokers desire to quit but don’t know how. If you are one of the 43 million American adults who smoke, there are resources for you to quit. Take these steps from the Centers for Disease Control to improve your […]

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January 5, 2015

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Hot Topics in Missouri Workers’ Compensation

Below are summaries of some recent Work Comp-related findings from Missouri courts. These summaries were provided by Attorney Chris Archer of Archer, Lassa and McHugh LLC. Second Injury Fund Liability for Perm Totals Several decisions recently have helped to define the SIF Liability. The courts in the past looked at the SIF to handle new […]

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