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IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

November 1, 2017 by in category Employee Benefits

Overview Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018. Although some of the limits will remain the same, many of the limits will increase for […]

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Court Orders EEOC to Reconsider Wellness Rules

October 18, 2017 by in category Rules & Regulations, Uncategorized

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a ruling affecting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final wellness rules. In AARP v. EEOC, the court directed the EEOC to reconsider its final wellness rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The final rules […]

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DOL Considers Issuing New Overtime Rule

October 7, 2017 by in category Rules & Regulations

Overview On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a request for information (RFI) regarding the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. The purpose of an RFI is to gather information from the public before formulating a proposal to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or […]

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Attend Our Webinar: September 22

September 5, 2017 by in category Webinar

  Integrated Benefits Group (IBG) is sponsoring a webinar to share strategies that companies like yours are using to manage down their Health Care Cost. September 22, 2017 10am – 11am By controlling the collective health care cost your group health plan has the ability to create plan assets that otherwise would have forfeited to […]

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What Happens if the ACA Employer Mandate is Repealed?

August 17, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment to business growth, its repeal has been a central part of Republican plans to […]

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Social Media: What You Can and Can’t Post

August 3, 2017 by in category Rules & Regulations

Employees often write posts about the company on social media sites. Do I have the authority to monitor this and discipline an employee if negative comments are made, even though it’s outside of working hours? An employee’s right to comment on his or her employer may be protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). […]

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House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

July 20, 2017 by in category Rules & Regulations

Overview On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate […]

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ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What?

June 15, 2017 by in category Affordable Care Act

In late March 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because the House was unable to pass the AHCA, the ACA remains current law, and employers must continue to comply with all applicable ACA provisions. […]

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