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Electronic Delivery of ERISA Notices | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors
Mar

27

2018

Electronic Delivery of ERISA Notices | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors

Q. Can we provide summary plan descriptions (SPDs) electronically? A. Yes. However, just sending them is not enough to meet ERISA requirements; you must ensure the intended recipients are actually getting them. Specifically, ERISA requires SPDs to be furnished using “measures reasonably calculated to ensure actual receipt of the material” via “methods likely to result in full distribution.” Electronic delivery is one way to meet…

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Deadline Approaching: Post Form 300A | TX Benefit Advisors
Feb

19

2018

Deadline Approaching: Post Form 300A | TX Benefit Advisors

This is a reminder that from February 1 through April 30, 2018, impacted employers are required to post a copy of their 2017 Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries) in a common area where employee notices are usually available. This annual requirement may not apply to certain employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury and…

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Feb

15

2018

Federal Employment Law Update – February 2018 | Houston Employee Benefits

IRS Releases Publication 15 and W-4 Withholding Guidance for 2018 On January 31, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Publication 15 — Introductory Material, which includes the following: 2018 federal income tax withholding tables. Exempt Form W-4 New information on: Withholding allowance. Withholding on supplemental wages. Backup withholding. Moving expense reimbursement. Social Security and Medicare tax for 2018. Disaster tax relief. Read Publication…

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Department of Labor Delays Enforcement of the Fiduciary Duty Rule | Houston Benefit Advisors
Apr

9

2017

Department of Labor Delays Enforcement of the Fiduciary Duty Rule | Houston Benefit Advisors

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the applicability date for the final fiduciary rule will be extended, and published its final rule extending the applicability date in the Federal Register on April 7. This extension is pursuant to President Trump’s February 3, 2017 presidential memorandum directing the DOL to further examine the rule and the DOL’s proposed rule to extend…

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The Changing Landscape of Employee Benefits | Houston Benefit Consultants
Mar

18

2017

The Changing Landscape of Employee Benefits | Houston Benefit Consultants

There is no denying our industry is changing rapidly, and it’s not about to slow down. Combined with disruptive advances in technology and evolving consumer expectations, we’re seeing consumer-driven health care emerge. Take, for example, the fact that employees now spend more than nine hours a day on digital devices. There’s no doubt that all this screen time takes a toll. Device screens expose users…

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Long-Awaited Repeal and Replacement Plan for ACA Unveiled | Houston Benefit Advisors
Mar

15

2017

Long-Awaited Repeal and Replacement Plan for ACA Unveiled | Houston Benefit Advisors

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee released a proposed budget reconciliation bill, entitled the American Health Care Act, to replace portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If enacted, the American Health Care Act would provide some relief from provisions of the ACA for employers and make other significant changes to employee benefits. While the proposal is 53…

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The “Line 22” Question: Which Box(es) Do I Check? | Houston Benefit Consultants
Mar

10

2017

The “Line 22” Question: Which Box(es) Do I Check? | Houston Benefit Consultants

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals are required to have health insurance while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify that (1) individuals have the required minimum essential coverage, (2) individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, and (3) ALEs are…

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Keeping Pace with the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

22

2017

Keeping Pace with the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act | Houston Benefit Advisors

Last fall, President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE), which preserved the historical definition of small employer to mean an employer that employs 1 to 50 employees. Prior to this newly signed legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was set to expand the definition of a small employer to include companies with 51 to 100 employees (mid-size segment) beginning January…

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Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

18

2017

Cafeteria Plans: Qualifying Events and Changing Employee Elections | Houston Benefit Advisors

Cafeteria plans, or plans governed by IRS Code Section 125, allow employers to help employees pay for expenses such as health insurance with pre-tax dollars. Employees are given a choice between a taxable benefit (cash) and two or more specified pre-tax qualified benefits, for example, health insurance. Employees are given the opportunity to select the benefits they want, just like an individual standing in the…

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The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

15

2017

The IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment of Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans | Houston Benefit Advisors

While many Americans will remember January 20, 2017 as the day the 45th President of the United States was sworn into office, employee benefits experts will also remember it as the day the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) released this memorandum that clarifies, among other things, the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity plans. Fixed indemnity plans are generally voluntary benefits employers offer…

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