May 2016 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

Medical Marijuana and its Effects on ADA & FMLA

The legalization of medical marijuana has passed in a majority of the states, so how does that affect the rights under other laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? While these two laws give employees certain rights, you must also remember that marijuana use is illegal […]

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DOL Issues New Poster and Guide

New FMLA Poster Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an FMLA-covered employer must post a copy of the General FMLA Notice in all locations where it has any employees, regardless if they are FMLA eligible or not. The FMLA rules state the notice must be posted “prominently where it can be readily seen by […]

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DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime Regulations

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on updating the overtime regulations. Since 2014, President Obama has been pushing for every worker’s right to be compensated fairly for their hard work. Key Provisions to the Final Rule The Final Rule focuses on […]

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EEOC Wellness Rules Update

Today, the EEOC released its final rule with regard to employer wellness programs and the ADA (and a final rule with regard to those same programs and GINA). These final rules go into effect on the first day of the first plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and apply to all Employer-Sponsored […]

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10 Rules to Prevent Employment-Related Lawsuits

Conduct thorough background checks on applicants Not all evidence, such as fraud convictions, dishonesty and violence, is a disqualifying factor when hiring a new employee, but it can be instrumental in determining if an applicant is a good fit for your company. Provide accurate and adequate references for ex-employees The general rule is to provide […]

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Updates from the IRS, DOL and HHS – 2017 HSA Limits and More. Agencies Provide Guidance on Preventive Services, Rescissions, Mental Health Parity, and More

As April began to close out, the DOL, HHS, and IRS jointly issued FAQs with guidance on several health care reform requirements, along with mental health parity and the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA). Here are the highlights in order of the Questions and Answers. Preventive Services (Questions/Answers 1 & 2).  Q/A-1 confirms […]

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4 Key Tips for ACA Guidance

The IRS recently released guidance on a number of issues under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These tips range from information reporting penalties to cafeteria plan flex credits. Information reporting penalties: The IRS States that if you make a good-faith effort to comply with the information reporting requirements then you won’t be penalized if your […]

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