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October 23, 2017

Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2018

The ACA imposes a maximum dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to a health FSA. Although the ACA set this limit at $2,500, the limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments each year. On Oct. 19, 2017, the IRS announced that, for taxable years beginning in 2018, the dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to a health FSA will increase to $2,650.
October 13, 2017

President Signs Executive Order Designed to Change ACA Rules

On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive order also directs the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (Departments) to consider expanding the availability of low-cost short-term, limited-duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
October 11, 2017

Harder Than Ever to Fill Jobs in U.S.

It currently takes an average of 31 days to fill a position vacancy in the United States, according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank. This is the longest span ever, contrasted against 15 days to fill a job in 2009.
October 2, 2017

Oct 15 Deadline for Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices

Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D must comply with certain disclosure requirements. Group health plan sponsors must disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether their prescription drug coverage is at least as good as the Medicare Part D coverage (in other words, whether their prescription drug coverage is “creditable”). These disclosures must be provided on an annual basis and at certain other designated times.
September 28, 2017

Iconic landmarks turn red for World Heart Day: Friday 29 September 2017

This year, on 29 September, WHF is urging people to take action by sharing heart healthy tips and attending iconic illumination events. We can all 'share the power' and inspire our families, friends and communities around the world to make the small lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference to heart health. Today, CVD is responsible for claiming 17.5 million lives a year, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million. Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30-70 die prematurely from CVD, including heart disease and stroke, but the good news is that at least 80% of these premature deaths could be avoided or postponed.
September 5, 2017

Hurricane Preparedness & Gravity Office Hours

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, our offices will be closed on Thursday, September 7th, and Friday, September 8th, to allow our employees and their families time to prepare.
August 30, 2017

Updated Form I-9 Required Beginning Sept. 18

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete a Form I-9.
August 17, 2017

IRS Confirms ACA Mandate Penalties Still Effective

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandate penalties.
August 10, 2017

What Does “Competitive Pay” Really Mean?

It’s no secret that top talent expects to be paid top dollar. Even with a developed recruiting program, a strong, positive culture and a comprehensive benefits package, it will be difficult for your company to attract and retain the best employees without a competitive pay policy.