September 2016 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

EEOC’s New Guidance on Retaliation

Each of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibits retaliation and related conduct: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehabilitation Act), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and Title […]

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Year End Compliance Requirements & Deadlines

Key benefit requirements and deadlines for 2016. September Summary Annual Report (SAR) – A narrative summary of your Form 5500, including a statement of the right to receive the annual report, must be distributed to plan participants by the last day of the ninth month following the end of the plan year, by September 30th […]

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Montgomery County, MD Paid Sick & Safe Leave

Going into effect on October 1, 2016, is Montgomery County, MD’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave law which requires employers to provide paid leave to most of their employees that perform work in Montgomery County. There are exceptions such as employees who work eight or less hours per week and employees that don’t have […]

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OMB Approves Final Version of New I-9 Form

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the final version of the new Form I-9 on August 25, 2016. They also issued a Notice of Action which allows for a 150-day period from the date of approval for employers to implement the new form into their processes. This puts the compliance date at January […]

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SHRM Pre-approved AP Benefit Advisors Webinar | Voluntary Benefits and the Affordable Care Act

Join AP Benefit Advisors’ Director of Voluntary Benefits, Stephen Ivey, for a complimentary, 1-hour, SHRM* pre-approved webinar as he reviews the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its influence on voluntary benefits. Discussion will comprise of changes in the market as a result of PPACA and the best practices for implementing voluntary plans in the post-ACA […]

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HHS Releases 2018 Benefit Parameters

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released proposed regulations that include 2018 benefit parameters and payment measures. These are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. While this grouping of proposed rules is mostly for insurance carriers, and includes risk adjustment and revised actuarial value methodology, […]

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Bumps, Fixes and Improvements Needed to Make Affordable Care Act Work

While the President’s signature achievement, his healthcare reform effort “PPACA,” now known as both Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, hasn’t been a big hit amongst health insurers and some politicians, others still cite it as a “triumph” – a triumph that brought coverage to 20 million people that lacked it previously. As the last […]

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