June 28, 2016

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FLSA Webinar
-Covering the new overtime rules and strategies for compliance

If you were unable to attend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) webinar we presented on June 23, 2016, you can access the slides here and a recording of the webinar here.

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June 24, 2016

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Alternative to Affordable Care Act Unveiled – Part 1

On Wednesday Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the House GOP’s alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Based on promises to “repeal and replace” the ACA the actual document is less of a plan and more of a vision statement. The alterative outlines a healthcare system with lighter regulation and less federal financial assistance while […]

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June 20, 2016

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EEOC Publishes Sample Notice for Employer Wellness Programs

If you’ve been following the wellness program rules that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued last month, you have probably been eagerly awaiting the release of the promised sample language to help employers comply with the notice required by those rules. If so, your wait is over, as a copy of the notice is […]

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June 17, 2016

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2017 HSA Contribution Limits

The IRS has issued inflation-adjusted Health Savings Account figures for 2017. Revenue procedure 2016-28 provides as follows: Annual contribution limitation for 2017 For calendar year 2017, the limit on deductions, for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan, is $3,400. For calendar year 2017, the limitation on deductions, for an individual […]

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June 16, 2016

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EEOC Issues Final Wellness Program Rules
-Rules interpret the ADA, GINA and HIPAA

“The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.”  – Don Henley, The Heart of the Matter Most HR professionals know that asking employees about medical conditions or family medical history is a big no-no. But asking those types of questions in connection with a wellness […]

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June 7, 2016

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June is National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. The most common injuries are overexertion due to lifting or lowering, contact with objects and equipment and slips, trips and falls. Each of these is 100% preventable. Make your worksite a safe one. Find more information on workplace safety […]

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May 31, 2016

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Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is widely defined as the “travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical treatment.”  This includes both elective procedures, such as cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment, and essential treatments such as organ transplants and hip replacements. In the earlier days of medical tourism, the United States and other […]

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May 23, 2016

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Health Care Reform Webinar
-Presented May 20, 2016

If you were unable to attend the Health Care Reform webinar we presented on Friday, May 20, you can view a recording of it here. You can also access a copy of the webinar slides here.  

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May 19, 2016

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FLSA Final Overtime Rules Are Out
-But they don't take effect until December

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rules on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions have been long-anticipated. Yesterday afternoon, the DOL released them, which prompted hand-wringing from businesses and philosophical debates from politicians. Those things are likely to continue for quite some time – at least until the rules take effect on December 1, 2016. […]

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May 11, 2016

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E-Cigarettes and the FDA
-FDA releases final ruling over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued a final ruling to extend its governing authority over all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, e-pipes and all other electronic delivery systems. These products use liquid containing nicotine along with flavorings and other ingredients. The FDA will now regulate the […]

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May 4, 2016

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New FMLA Poster Available
- But the prior version still compliant

In April 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) released a new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster employers may use in their workplaces. FMLA requires FMLA-covered employers to display an FMLA poster “prominently where it can be readily seen by employees and applicants for employment.” The DOL has advised that the prior, 2013 version […]

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May 2, 2016

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The Facts About HIPAA Audits

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) gearing up for another round of HIPAA audits. The audits are not intended to be witch-hunts, despite how they are often portrayed. But they are also not anything to dismiss. The Health Insurance Portability and […]

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