July 2, 2015

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DOL Proposed Overtime Rule Changes

As you may know, on March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to help build real, lasting economic security for more hardworking Americans, by directing the Secretary of Labor to update the FLSA’s overtime pay protections and to simplify the overtime rules for employers and workers.  This includes an update the Fair Labor […]

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July 1, 2015

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Hazards of Sitting

If you are sitting at your desk right now, reading this article, you may be increasing your risk of chronic disease. While the benefits of regular physical activity have been well established, the health risks of sedentary behavior, apart from meeting physical activity guidelines, have become very evident. Researchers have shown that exercise, such as […]

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June 26, 2015

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Supreme Court Protects Same-Sex Marriage

For the times they are a-changin’ – Bob Dylan (The Times They Are A-Changin) In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that state law bans on same-sex marriage violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court issued passionate and lengthy majority and dissenting opinions. […]

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June 25, 2015

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King v. Burwell Leaves ACA Intact

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, the long-anticipated challenge to the ACA subsidies.  In a 6-3 decision (that we correctly predicted three months ago!), SCOTUS affirmed the IRS interpretation that the ACA subsidies are available for purchases on all insurance exchanges, regardless of whether […]

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June 24, 2015

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IRS Updates 1095-C

Last week the IRS released a draft of the 2015 version of the 1095-C form employers will use to report compliance with the employer mandate.  A quick recap: Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must file forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS and provide copies of the applicable 1095-C to full time employees in early 2016.  […]

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June 23, 2015

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PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2015

Established by the Affordable Care Act to be used as funding for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the seven-year fee is intended to be used to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of different treatment options and is sometimes called the Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee. The fee applies to both fully insured and self-funded group […]

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June 19, 2015

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California Mandatory Sick Pay

In less than one month, California employers will become subject to mandatory sick pay for employees. Beginning July, 1 2015, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) will obligate employers in California to offer sick pay to almost every category of employee. The following is a list of frequently asked questions and a […]

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June 18, 2015

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Coming Soon (maybe): Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

Employers with fully-insured medical plans should be on the lookout for a rebate check from their insurance carrier.  Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must meet specified spending guidelines, as we detailed here.  If insurance companies do not meet those guidelines, they are required to issue premium rebate checks to their policyholders (employers) no […]

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June 3, 2015

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2014 Obesity Rankings

A recently published report by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® reveals that nationwide obesity rates in 2014 were at their highest level. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index collected information from telephone interviews where participants were asked their height and weight. The information was used to calculate a Body Mass Index (BMI) score. A BMI score of 30 or […]

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May 27, 2015

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Third Carrier Data Breach

2015 has become the year of the insurance carrier data breach, with Anthem’s massive breach reported in February and Premera BlueCross BlueShield’s breach, reported in March.  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield added its name to that list by reporting on May 20 that it was the victim of a cyberattack.  Like the other carrier breaches, early indications […]

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