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Unions and the ACA: What you should know

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) streamlined some of the regulations surrounding health care in America, there are still many ways to get insurance. You can go through your employer, the individual market, an association plan, or even a union, if you belong to one.

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Are you a control group? What this classification means

No one expects compliance to be without its hiccups, but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tends to be sneakily difficult. Take, for example, the following idea:

“Under the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers are required to offer affordable health insurance to their employees. An applicable large employer is a business with over 50 ACA full-time employees.”

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Current state of health care reform and employer next steps

This week brought a bevy of updates to the Republican Party’s health care reform battle, culminating Monday night in the possible death of the Better Care Reconciliation Act/American Health Care Act and Republicans’ hopes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, tonight the bill might be saved in an emergency Republican meeting. Not unexpectedly, this dizzying cascade of continued changes has left employers wondering what to do now.

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The 411 on EEO-1: Your top 7 questions, answered

Even those well versed in regulation can get confused when it comes to new and changing requirements. Such is the case with the new EEO-1 report, which is different for the 2017 compliance season.

For those of you who are affected by this change, we’ve pulled together the answers to your top questions about the new report. 

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Senate fails to pass “skinny repeal” in early morning vote

Nearly two weeks ago, several Republican Senators announced their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill. Their opposition meant that the Senate would not have the simple majority vote required to pass the bill, and the Republicans’ long promised effort to repeal and replace the ACA seemed to end.

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Moderate vs. conservative: What health care bill will come out on top?

The House’s health care bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), took some major steps forward over the past several weeks. It passed the House, after the addition of two crucial amendments—the MacArthur Amendment, which allows states to opt out of essential health benefits and community ratings, and the Upton Amendment, which allocates an extra $8 billion to high risk pools—and is now under review in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) recent score of the AHCA was similar to scores of previous iterations of the bill: premiums would rise, the uninsured population would increase, and the deficit would decrease. 

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3 HR trends to watch at this year’s SHRM conference

In a few weeks, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold its annual conference right in our backyard—New Orleans. From June 18 to 21, human resources professionals, experts, and vendors will gather in the Big Easy to discuss the state of the industry, including its challenges, its progress, and its future. The conference covers every corner of HR, and we’re excited to attend and join in the conversation this year.

In preparation, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest trends we expect to see at SHRM 2017—which could help chart the path of HR going forward.

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