May 2017 - Employee Benefits I AP Benefit Advisors

HRCI & SHRM Pre-approved AssuredPartners & AP Benefit Advisors Webinar | Straight from the Department of Homeland Security: Insight into the Form I-9 and E-Verify

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is committed to the best customer service and transparency in the management of Form I-9 and E-Verify. Please join us for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, one-hour, complimentary webinar as our speaker, Henry W. Nash, Jr., Management Program Analyst from the DHS, presents a review of recent changes and […]

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Well, Isn’t it Ironic?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently suing their staffing company, Diverse Lynx, for age discrimination. In the words of Alanis Morissette…”Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?” Diverse Lynx, a Princeton, NJ-based IT staffing firm, failed to refer a job applicant based on his age. The EEOC’s lawsuit is based on learning that […]

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How Long to Maintain Company Personnel Records

You may think you’re keeping yourself safe by saving all company personnel files, but to be honest, you could be doing more harm than good. The Federal Trade Commission requires that you remove and securely dispose of certain data on job applicants’ records within a certain timeframe. So your “safe keeping” could potentially cost you […]

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D.C. Law Bans Request for Credit Information During Background Checks

Credit checks have been part of comprehensive employment background checks for quite some time, but D.C. is now prohibiting the use of any credit information pertaining to prospective and current employees. Credit information is broadly defined as any information which is written, oral, or any other communication on an employee’s creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, […]

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IRS Increases HSA Limits for 2018

With IRS Rev. Proc. 2017-37, the IRS provided several new increases to various categories that Individuals and Families may elect into a Health Savings Account (HSA) if they have a compatible HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan). For 2018, the annual contribution limitation for a person with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan is $3,450, […]

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The American Health Care Act Passes the House

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213. This was a big step for House Republicans in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill must also pass in the Senate for it to […]

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IRS Increases PCORI/CERF Fee for 2017

With the release of IRS Notice 2016-64, issued on Nov. 4, 2016, the IRS provided that the PCORI fee (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee) also called the CERF fee (Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee) for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, including 2016 calendar year plans, is $2.26 […]

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HRCI & SHRM Pre-approved AssuredPartners & AP Benefit Advisors Webinar | Change That Sticks: Holistic Benefit Communications for Better Acceptance & Higher Uptake

Comprehensive communication planning can increase employee use of benefits. Vendors are offering an increasingly wider range of services, making it hard for employees to know where to go, and for what type of service. Tax-advantaged benefits have extended beyond 401(k) plans to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) – who is looking […]

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