Archive for Compliance News’ Category


Aug

10

2016

Compliance Recap

July 2016 During the month of July numerous new regulations were issued or proposed by federal agencies, and existing forms and processes were updated. In particular, penalties for various ERISA violations were increased, a major overhaul to Form 5500 filings was proposed, and draft 1095-C and 1094-C forms were released. Proposed regulations were also released relating to the individual mandate and opt-out arrangements.UBA Updates UBA…

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It’s not that simple!
Aug

9

2016

It’s not that simple!

By Mathew Augustine, GPHR, REBC, CEO of Hanna Global Solutions, a UBA Partner FirmExit or remain, welcome refugees or build a wall to keep them out, guns or no guns, black or white, include all or be exclusive… the list of extreme positions that people are taking goes on and on. What is driving this sudden increase in polarized thinking in the world? The world…

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OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
Jun

14

2016

OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Beginning in 2017, certain employers with as few as 20 employees at a single site will be required to electronically file information about employee injuries and accidents that occurred in the prior year. This means that, for many of your clients, injuries and illnesses occurring in 2016 will be subject to this change. Employers of as few as one employee have always been required, under…

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May

26

2016

Don’t Ignore the CMS Data Match Questionnaire Letters

Originally from United Benefit Advisors. Beginning in early 2016, many employers received letters from the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match program. These letters are addressed to the employer and begin by stating that “Medicare needs your cooperation.” Employers are directed to report information on the IRS/SSA/CMS Data Match Secure Web Site (https://www.cob.cms.hhs.gov/DataMatch/). The data being requested is often extensive, and can cover a number of years. The…

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May

23

2016

In Case You Missed It: Final Rule on Nondiscrimination Regulations Released

Originally posted by United Benefit Advisors. On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will take effect on July 18, 2016. If entities need to make changes to health insurance or group health plan benefit design as a result of this final rule, such…

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May

18

2016

Final Rule Released: Fair Labor Standards Act, Overtime Regulation

Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations making changes to Part 541 governing overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you know, SHRM leads the employer coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, on the rule and SHRM members have shared their views on numerous occasions with Congress and the Administration through testimony, listening sessions, comments on the regulation, and thousands of letters to policymakers.

May

18

2016

EEOC Issues Final Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, DC–The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs offered by employers that request health information from employees and their spouses. The two rules provide guidance to both employers and employees about how workplace wellness programs can comply with the ADA and GINA consistent with provisions governing wellness programs in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act).

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