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Gamification and Open Enrollment

  Open enrollment season is upon us and many companies are choosing to host “virtual benefits fairs” instead of the traditional “walk and talk” fairs. Open enrollment meetings have turned into live streaming events or recorded webinars. Incentivizing employee participation in these areas can come in a variety of ways but the newest trend is … Continued

FFCRA Leave Department of Labor Temporary Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released temporary regulations implementing the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The EFMLEA provides qualifying employees with paid sick leave during the COVID-19 crisis to care for a child absent … Continued

July 2020 Compliance Recap

July was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court) upheld the religious exemption and moral exemption final rules to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the indexed 2021 ACA affordability percentage. The President signed a law extending the … Continued

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 2

  The future of work is now. You’ve probably heard that being said since the onset of COVID-19 and the growth of remote work. Well, it’s true and as the nature of how work gets done changes, so too does the way HR’s function plays out. In part 1, we took a look at current … Continued

Making the Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up

  Right now, organizations across the country are asking themselves what they can do to make their workplaces more inclusive, diverse, and equitable, particularly for Black employees. They’re hosting conversations, acknowledging areas where they’ve fallen short, and identifying opportunities for improvement. For these efforts to be successful, employees need to be able to speak freely, … Continued

Employee Engagement in a Post-COVID Workplace

  “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. First, it has taught us that empathy and kindness goes a long way. We’ve learned that as individuals, communities, and as a nation, that we can … Continued

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance Final Rule

As background, on August 1, 2018, the Departments released a final rule that amended the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI). HHS also released a fact sheet on the final rule. The final rule allows consumers to purchase STLDI policies that are less than 12 months in length and may be renewed for up to … Continued

Proposed Rules on Grandfathered Health Plans

In response the President’s Executive Order 13765 “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” issued on January 20, 2017, the Departments issued proposed rules for grandfathered health plans that would make changes to certain types of cost-sharing requirements without causing a loss of grandfathered status. The DOL also … Continued

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1

The hardest thing about the future of work is defining the concept. The chief reason has to do with change. It’s constant with new technologies coming online at an increasing pace and changing the way people complete their work. If the data is to be believed, what HR knows about work is quickly disappearing. Korn Ferry predicts … Continued

IRS Releases the Indexed 2021 Affordability Percentage

The IRS released  Revenue Procedure 2020-36, which increases the affordability threshold for ACA employer mandate pay or play purposes to 9.83% for plan years beginning in 2021 from 9.78% for 2020. An employer uses the affordability percentage to determine whether it has offered affordable coverage under the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provisions to avoid Penalty … Continued