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  1. DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

    On Jan. 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and The Occupational […]

  2. Coronaviruses and the Workplace – HR Insights

    Coronaviruses are fairly common and don’t typically affect humans. When they do, their effects are usually mild, as in the case of the common cold. However, deadlier variations of these coronaviruses have cropped up in recent years. Two examples of these evolved strains are the SARS virus of 2003 and the novel coronavirus, which was […]

  3. ACA Compliance Bulletin-PCORI Fees Reinstated Through 2029

    A federal spending bill enacted at the end of 2019 included several provisions affecting benefit plans. The bill repealed three major taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the Cadillac tax, the medical devices excise tax and the health insurance providers fee. The law also extended the PCORI fees for an additional 10 years. […]

  4. Upcoming ACA Reporting Deadlines

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

    OVERVIEW Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2019 calendar year is due in early 2020. Specifically, reporting entities must: File returns with the IRS by Feb. 28, 2020 (or March 31, 2020, if filing electronically); and Furnish statements to individuals by March 2, 2020. Originally, individual statements were […]

  5. Clearinghouse Deadline for State Agencies Has Been Delayed

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

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    OVERVIEW On Dec. 13, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule that delays the date by which state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) must begin requesting information from the national Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). The original Clearinghouse rule set Jan. 6, 2020 as the date SDLAs were required to begin […]

  6. Temporary Injunction on California AB5 for Trucking Industry

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

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    A district court in San Diego has issued a temporary injunction to prevent enforcement of California’s recent AB 5 law for the trucking industry. This injunction does not affect other industries and all other employers are still expected to comply with the state’s “ABC test” for employee classification. California Trucking Assoc. v. Becerra In a […]

  7. Federal Appeals Court Issues Affordable Care Act Ruling

    OVERVIEW On Dec. 18, 2019, a federal appeals court ruled in Texas v. Azar that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. The appeals court remanded the case to the lower court to determine whether the rest of the ACA can remain […]

  8. California Mandates Employee Training to Combat Human Trafficking

    OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule

    OVERVIEW California has enacted two laws that require certain employers in the hospitality and transit industries to provide employee training on how to recognize and report human trafficking. The new laws, known as SB 970 and AB 2034, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, but give subject employers until Jan. 1, 2020 or 2021 […]

  9. Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2020

    Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically updated for inflation by the IRS. The following commonly offered employee benefits are subject to these limits: High deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs); Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs); 401(k) plans; and Transportation fringe benefit plans. This Compliance Overview includes […]

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  10. Some Employer Plans to be Affected by Proposed Rule on Health Care Transparency

    OVERVIEW On Nov. 15, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule regarding transparency in coverage that would impose new transparency requirements on group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets. Specifically, the proposed rule would require plans and issuers […]

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