October 29, 2014

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Employers Should Immunize Against Ebola Fears

Over the past few weeks, cable news outlets have done their best to push their viewers into a frenzy about the potential for an Ebola virus outbreak in the United States. And their efforts appear to be working, despite the fact that the World Health Organization has indicated that the virus is transmitted from human […]

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October 27, 2014

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Cyber Liability – Employee Owned Devices

There has been a trend in recent years to allow employees to utilize their own devices, such as cell phones, laptop computers, and tablets, for business purposes. This is commonly referred to as BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device”, and it has been fantastic for companies wanting to cut costs. The employee purchases the device, […]

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October 22, 2014

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Three Weeks to File: Reinsurance Fee

The reinsurance fee form will be available 10/24/14 and it is due in three weeks on 11/15/14. People have been anxiously waiting for weeks for the form to submit their membership counts to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The reinsurance fee is a temporary program that acts as insurance for insurers. This […]

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October 21, 2014

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The Many Faces of Form 5500 Series

Form 5500 is not just a single reporting document, but an entire series of forms which play an important role in many parts of the government and the business world. It is an important compliance, research, and disclosure tool for the Department of Labor, a disclosure document for plan participants and beneficiaries, and a source […]

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October 15, 2014

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Internet has become part of everyone’s life.  Everyday we use the Internet at work, home, for entertainment and to communicate with others. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No one is immune to cyber risks. As a nation, we face constant cyber threats against our infrastructure and economy. As individuals, […]

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October 14, 2014

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Is Your Company’s Employee Handbook Up To Date?

Did you know that something as simple as a handbook policy could actually violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)? Over the last several years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been taking a closer look at company policies and rules to determine if the policies hinder an employee’s Section 7 rights to “concerted […]

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October 14, 2014

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IRS Permits Additional Cafeteria Plan Mid-Year Election Changes

The IRS recently published Notice 2014-55, which expands the permitted Section 125 Cafeteria Plan mid-year “change in status” rules.  Employer health plans subject to those rules can now permit (but are not required to allow) employees to drop coverage in two situations: when enrolling in a Marketplace plan; or if hours of service have been […]

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October 9, 2014

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More Flex in Your FSA

Health flexible spending accounts are now more flexible.  In Notice 2013-71 issued by the Department of Treasury, announced a change in the “use it-or-lose it” rule pertaining to Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA).  The ruling permits employers to allow participants to carry over unused amounts of up to $500 for expenses in the next plan year for […]

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October 8, 2014

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EEOC Lawsuit Against Employer Wellness Program

Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged Wisconsin-based employer, Orion Energy Systems, with violating the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertained to their wellness program. Orion Systems violated federal law in several ways. First of all, the wellness program was not voluntary. Orion Energy Systems required all employees to submit to medical […]

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October 7, 2014

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. Find a breast cancer overview from the American Cancer Society here:  

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