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Annual Filing Reminders

Posted February 13, 2018 by Megan DiMartino

As we head into the last few weeks of February, we want to take this opportunity to remind employers about the following upcoming annual filing deadlines:

  • Annual Prescription Drug Notice
    Group health plans must notify the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) each year regarding whether the group health plan’s prescription drug coverage offered to Medicare Part D-eligible individuals is “creditable” or “non-creditable.” This notice must be done electronically by completing the online registration and disclosure form on the CMS website. CMS has also published, on its website, guidance regarding the notice and the information required for the filing.The compliance date(s) for this annual disclosure is: (a) within 60 days after the beginning of the plan year (e.g., for a calendar year plan year, by March 1, 2018); (b) within 30 days after the termination of the plan’s prescription drug coverage; and (c) within 30 days of any change in the creditable coverage status of the prescription drug plan.
  • HIPAA Breach Report
    HIPAA-covered benefit plans are required to report any breach during a calendar year involving less than 500 individuals to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on an annual basis. Any such breach that occurred during the year must be reported to HHS by completing the disclosure form on the HHS website.The compliance date for this annual disclosure is within 60 days after the end of the calendar year (i.e., by March 1, 2018).
  • ACA Reporting Deadlines
    Pursuant to the ACA, Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) and employers that self-insured their medical benefits must file information returns with the IRS and distribute health coverage information forms to their employees, via Form 1095-C or 1095-B, as applicable.The compliance date(s) for filing 2017 information returns with the IRS is February 28, 2018 for paper filers and April 2, 2018 for electronic filers. Per IRS Notice 2018-06, the deadline for employers to distribute 1095-C or 1095-B forms to their employees was extended 30 days and is now March 2, 2018.

For questions, concerns or additional assistance, please contact your Account Executive or Account Manager.

For more information contact info@apbenefitadvisors.com. The information contained in this post, and any attachments, is not intended and should not be misconstrued as legal advice. You should contact your employment, benefits or ERISA attorney for legal direction.

HRCI & SHRM Pre-Approved Webinar | Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Addressing and Eliminating this Inappropriate Behavior

Posted February 9, 2018 by Megan DiMartino

Sexual harassment and abusive conduct not only create a hostile work environment, but cost employers billions each year in lawsuits, employee turnover and lost revenue. With the recent increased focus on workplace harassment, employers are encouraged to evaluate their management practices to ensure they implement and maintain appropriate measures for a harassment-free, safe work environment.

Join us for this HRCI* and SHRM** pre-approved, complimentary, one-hour webinar as our Director of Crawford HR Services, Cindy Wagner, dives into the very sensitive, yet, very relevant topic of sexual harassment that should resonate with everyone not only in the workplace, but outside of the workplace as well.

We will review some tools and discuss methodologies to help organizations of all sizes address issues relating to workplace harassment that include:

  • What is harassment?
  • Proactive measures to avoid inappropriate workplace behavior
  • Responding to harassment complaints
  • Avoid retaliation claims
  • HR’s role in workplace harassment prevention

Webinar Details:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm EST
  • No cost to attend
  • This webinar is open to all HR and Finance Professionals, but not to brokers, agents, TPAs and PEOs.
  

*The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through HRCI.

**AP Benefit Advisors is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

For more information contact info@apbenefitadvisors.com. The information contained in this post, and any attachments, is not intended and should not be misconstrued as legal advice. You should contact your employment, benefits or ERISA attorney for legal direction.

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