February 2016 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

ADA and FMLA Overlap Guidance

Once the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was lengthened, courts have now ruled that employers have to take into reason to offer additional leave as reasonable accommodation for employees who are disabled once they exhaust their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allocation. However, employers have not been given an abundant amount of guidance on […]

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IRS Clarification on ACA Safe Harbors

At the very end of 2015, the IRS jolted into high gear mode. The IRS pushed back a few deadlines for the 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting. This was a holiday blessing for employers that were still trying to keep up with the huge record keeping requirements. The IRS also issued a much desired […]

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Guidance on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

In December, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 which provides guidance on a multitude of Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reforms. One noteworthy item is the compliance issues that were raised by Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA). HRAs are group health plans that will reimburse medical expenses for a certain dollar amount. The ACA usually prohibits group […]

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AP Benefit Advisors Webinar Series – HR vs. Finance: Leveraging Big Data and Technology while Remaining Compliant within Your Benefits Program

Join AP Benefit Advisors’ Director of Data Analytics, Scott Mayer, and the HRtactix Division’s HR Generalist, Ashley Grupp, for this one-hour, complimentary webinar in the match-up between HR and Finance. Controlling and managing benefit costs and administration is no easy task. In addition, ACA strain is ever-present causing strife amongst departments. This combination is harmful […]

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DOL FMLA Fact Sheet Regarding Joint Employers

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently, but subtly, issued a new Administrator’s Interpretation 2016-1 (AI). This document highlights responsibilities and obligations of joint employers. As a reminder, a joint employer is when two or more employers are responsible individually and jointly for hiring an employee and they are also responsible for compliance with a statute. […]

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How to Curb FMLA Abuse

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuse is common, but there are ways to control it. The first thing an employer can do is to make sure that employees finish the initial FMLA certification. If an employer has a request for medical certification, an employee has to provide a completed and adequate certification at their […]

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EEOC Fact Sheet Addressing Discrimination Against Muslim & Middle Eastern Employees

In the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks both domestically and internationally, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed workplace discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern employees. The EEOC established two different online question and answer resources for employers and employees. The purpose of these documents are to educate and increase understanding of rights and responsibilities […]

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