2017 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

US House and Senate Pass Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted along party lines today to pass H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, by a vote of 224-201. This followed Senate passage last night by a party-line vote of 51-48. with Sen. McCain not voting while recovering in Arizona from cancer treatments.  The President is expect […]

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The Uncertain Future for HSAs in Maryland

November 9, 2017 – Introduction:  In the 2016 the MD General Assembly passed the States Contraceptive Equity Act to prevent discrimination in insurance coverage for male and female contraception. That law is set to become effective on January 1, 2018, and required health benefit plans to provide coverage for male sterilization without applying a copayment, […]

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Compliance Strategies to Help Curb FMLA Abuse

We’ve done numerous blogs regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and it always seems to revolve around truly understanding what FMLA covers and how employees are able to utilize it. So, to start off, let’s go over what FMLA covers: FMLA provides certain employees with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Crawford Webinar | Santa has Diabetes & the Elves have Osteoarthritis? Managing Risk Within a Unique Population

Within every population there are unique challenges and situations that drive plan utilization and spend. No matter your group’s size, demographics, industry or other variables, each situation is unique. Understanding what sets your population apart from the rest and how to take advantage of the information available to you will help you optimize your plan’s […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved AssuredPartners’ Webinar | Wellness Plans: Best Practices and Easy Compliance Rules You Need to Know

Join AssuredPartners for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, complimentary, one-hour webinar as AssuredPartners NL’s Directors of Health & Productivity, Cary Seager and Kristin Meschler, share wellness plans best practice case studies from their work with clients varying in size and industry. Additionally, you will learn how to avoid legal land mines when developing an effective […]

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This Coming Year’s HR Technology Trends

This coming year’s focus is leaning toward technology: how it can be used to find people, connect people, engage people, replace people, and what to do when that happens. In 2018, technology will become a way of life in the workplace. Passive candidates – Job/career websites have made it easier to gather and sift through […]

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ACA – Pay or Play Enforcement has arrived

As we reported in our 2nd Quarter Newsletter, the IRS has indicated it would notify applicable large employers (ALEs) in 2017 of their potential penalties for failing to comply with the employer shared responsibility mandate, for the 2015 calendar year.  With the numerous attempts this year to repeal or replace the ACA, ALEs may have […]

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Trick or Treat! Test Your Halloween Knowledge

1. Halloween’s origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called… a. Oireachtas na Gaeilge b. Samhain c. Bharraigh d. Saline 2. Which of the following were originally used to carve Jack o’ Lanterns? …could be more than one answer. a. Beets b. Oranges c. Potatoes d. Turnips e. Apples f. Eggplants 3. Jack […]

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IRS Announces 2018 Contribution Limits for 401(k)s, FSAs, and More

            IRS has announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) with respect to retirement plan limits. Many limits, which are adjusted by reference to Code Sec. 415(d), are changed for 2018 since the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, others remain unchanged. Certain […]

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