November 2015 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

5.66 Years Later – We Have Final Regs for PPACA’s 2010 Features – Departments Finalize Healthcare Reform Guidance

The Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (DOL, IRS, HHS) have jointly issued final regulations coverage a number of health care reform topic, many dating back to 2010’s initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These include: Appeals and Review of Claims Dependent Coverage Designating a Primary Care Physician Emergency Care […]

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Proposed Rules May Allow More Wellness Data

The EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) just released its latest proposed strategy for allowing wellness plan managers access to covered spouses’ medical data while still complying with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Currently, regulations say that a wellness program cannot require* employees to provide their genetic information as a condition of […]

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Combined FMLA Leave for Same Employer Spouses

Under 29 CFR 201(b), married couples who are employed by the same employer can be required to share a combined 12 weeks of FMLA leave to: bond with their new child; or care for their own parent with a serious health condition. The regulation states: “Spouses who are eligible for FMLA leave and are employed […]

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Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

It’s not just the law, there are business benefits to hiring those with disabilities. Benefit #1 – Those with disabilities can have longer tenure than those who do not have a disability. Benefit #2 – An employer who is disability-confident knows how to communicate better with customers with disabilities, as well as attract customers with […]

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