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DOL Releases Model Notices on COBRA Premium Assistance

On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a link to its webpage dedicated to the COBRA premium assistance authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA), the third COVID-19 stimulus bill.  The webpage includes model notices, frequently asked questions, and related information.  With the exception of the model notices, the guidance appears targeted …

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How the ACA Affects Multiemployers and What to Do About It

Some group health plans are established by more than one employer. This is the case with multiemployer plans. These plans are commonly labeled as health and welfare plans, as they may include health care, life insurance and disability insurance benefits. Most plans are indemnity plans, meaning payments are made for services provided.  Are you an HR …

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ACA Compliance: Full-Time, Part-Time and Temporary Employees

Navigating reporting with multiple different types of employee working hours can be quite challenging. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, questions and debates have arisen about the impact of this law on third-party staffing arrangements. Many companies offer temporary and part-time employees lower-tiered benefits, if any. If you have employees working a variety …

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The FMLA and ACA: The price employers pay for being ‘off’ in their reporting

When it comes to taking action against businesses that failed to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS means business.  Of course, if the penalty letters – Letter 226-J – being sent out to employers who didn’t comply with regulations aren’t enough to convince you of the seriousness of the situation, then perhaps the knowledge …

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Strengthening your PEO: Why you should offer ACA services

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) have long been a helpful resource for businesses looking to provide the best benefits to their employees. The growth the PEO industry has seen in recent years just proves this point. But as regulations become more complex, and continue to vacillate between rolling out and rolling back, it can be difficult to ensure …

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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 …

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Don’t let seasonal workers bust your ACA compliance

The U.S. travel industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and every summer hotel, restaurant, and other hospitality business owners hire thousands of seasonal workers to accommodate increased demand. While beefing up staff during the busy season might seem simple enough, hospitality organizations might not realize that seasonal workers can have serious consequences for Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance. …

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