July 2012 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Employee FMLA Guide

As part of the Department’s continuing effort to spread the word about the FMLA and make the FMLA more accessible, WHD is releasing an Employee Guide to the FMLA, a 16-page, plain language booklet designed to answer common FMLA questions and clarify who can take FMLA leave and what protections the FMLA provides. The Employee […]

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CDC Report: Obesity Rates to Increase Over Next Two Decades

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Obesity in the United States is projected to continue its rise over the next 18 years, extending to 42 percent of Americans by 2030, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That expected growth in the proportion of obese Americans — up from […]

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2012 Revised Healthcare Reform Timelines, Version 7.0

If you want to see 10 pages of health reform in a 1 page timeline (well, 1 page for Employers and 1 page for Employees) then please visit our website (www.apbenefitadvisors.com). But, if you are looking for details specific to just a certain year or plan, then you can’t do better than this implementation timeline […]

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Additional Clarity? Certainty? Or, just more guidance to help Employers/Plan Sponsors avoid fines?

Patrick C. Haynes, Jr., Esq., LL.M. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on May 11, 2012. Clarifying some points, federal regulators made clear(er), that they will not be imposing financial penalties on employers that do not “fully comply” with the Affordable Care Act’s new requirements to distribute SBCs (Summaries of Benefits and Coverage), […]

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Obama to Veto FSA, HSA Legislation

by Jerry Geisel WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will veto legislation that would ease a 28-year-old Internal Revenue Service rule that requires forfeiture of unused flexible spending account balances and eliminates restrictions on using FSAs and health savings accounts to pay for over-the-counter medications, the administration said Wednesday. Under the measure headed for a vote this week […]

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