Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

Tracking Time and Attendance: A Business Intelligence and Regulatory Imperative

Aug 22 As misclassification suits arise from ill-defined job descriptions in the gig economy, how employees utilize their workdays is also becoming an issue. Who is managing and tracking how workers spend Read More
Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

Another Sign That the IRS is Moving Forward with Enforcing ACA Compliance

Aug 21 Letters released this month by the IRS continue to point to the agency moving forward with its plans to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IRS has indicated it Read More
Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

Congressional Budget Office Expects Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

Aug 17 Gross premiums for silver-level health insurance plans purchased through the healthcare marketplace would be 20 percent higher in 2018 and 25 percent higher by 2020 if cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) payments Read More
New Developments Continue to Dog Uber About Worker Misclassification

New Developments Continue to Dog Uber About Worker Misclassification

Aug 16 In the United States alone, Uber has over 600,000 drivers, some of whom over the course of the last two years have been entangled in numerous lawsuits surrounding their rights Read More
Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

Americans Want a Bipartisan Approach to Healthcare, According to a New KFF Poll

Aug 14 Now that the great Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace debate has seemingly ended in Congress, we’ve seen movement by members of Congress towards a bipartisan approach to healthcare Read More
Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

Ohio Residents Rest Easier as New Insurance Providers Bring ACA Exchange Plans To Counties

Aug 15 Pockets of counties across the nation have endured some scares as insurance providers began withdrawing from ACA exchanges, creating limited competition and limited options for coverage. Twenty Ohio counties faced Read More
Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

Congress Moves Toward Bipartisan Approaches to Address Healthcare Issues

Aug 10 A spirit of bipartisanship in Congress seems to be rising from the rubble of the failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The first test of Read More
2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

2 Reasons Why Employers Should Care About the IRS Individual Mandate Report

Aug 9 A recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) on IRS notifications in regards to the ACA’s individual mandate has potential implications for employers. TIGTA, at Read More
The DOL, HSAs and the New Fiduciary Rule

The DOL, HSAs and the New Fiduciary Rule

Aug 8 After numerous delays, the Department of Labor put its final fiduciary rule, which was issued on April 8, 2016, into partial effect on June 9 this year, but with enforcement Read More
Draft IRS ACA Reporting Forms for 2017 Are Out, Transition Relief for Companies Is Over

Draft IRS ACA Reporting Forms for 2017 Are Out, Transition Relief for Companies Is Over

Aug 7 The IRS has released drafts of forms 1094-C and 1095-C for use in reporting ACA-mandated information for the 2017 tax year. You can view the draft forms at these links: Read More
Health Insurance Brokers Help Employers Lower Healthcare Costs

Health Insurance Brokers Help Employers Lower Healthcare Costs

Aug 3 When it comes to providing healthcare as an employer, cost is a major concern. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers – organizations with 50 or more full-time Read More
Latest Developments In Discrimination Suit Prove The Rules May Be Changing For Medical Marijuana

Latest Developments In Discrimination Suit Prove The Rules May Be Changing For Medical Marijuana

Aug 2 Massachusetts may be setting a new standard for employer tolerance of medical marijuana use by employees across the nation. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that an employee could Read More
Get Your Business Data Organized

Get Your Business Data Organized

Aug 1 At times, companies may feel like they are swimming in data. It’s an information overload, and a lack of organization can lead to many mistakes in consolidating, validating and analyzing Read More
ACA Remains in Place, and a Study Highlights Potential Lack of Company Compliance

ACA Remains in Place, and a Study Highlights Potential Lack of Company Compliance

Jul 31 The recent failure in the U.S. Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) leaves in place the ACA’s employer mandate. The employer mandate applies to businesses with 50 Read More
Medicaid Receives Praise From Its Recipients

Medicaid Receives Praise From Its Recipients

Jul 27 There’s a fallacy amongst some people that suggests Medicaid recipients are receiving less than stellar healthcare. That couldn’t be further from the truth according to a new study from Harvard’s Read More
The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

The IRS Finalizes Regulations for ACA Premium Tax Credits

Jul 26 The IRS on July 24 finalized regulations for the use of premium tax credits. These are the tax credits provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help lower income Read More
Infographic: Before And After The ACA

Infographic: Before And After The ACA

Jul 25 The Congressional Budget Office previously forewarned that a post-ACA world would lead to some financial troubles, and that those effects could trickle down significantly into the pockets of the American Read More
New IRS Memo Sheds Light On AIR Updates for ACA Information Reports

New IRS Memo Sheds Light On AIR Updates for ACA Information Reports

Jul 24 The upcoming reporting year deadlines for Affordable Care Act information returns for the 2017 tax year are:  January 31, 2018: deadline to furnish 1095-C schedules  February 28, 2018: deadline to Read More
ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

ACA Filing Deadlines Still Loom Amid Reform Debate

Jul 19 Originally published on July 18, 2017 in “Compliance Week”  As healthcare reform sputters along in Congress, companies still face filing deadlines under the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Service Read More
New Developments In Uber Misclassification Suits Prove The Complexities of Potential ACA Liability

New Developments In Uber Misclassification Suits Prove The Complexities of Potential ACA Liability

Jul 20 At the close of June, a shocking new development arose from Uber’s employee misclassification suits. The drivers who asserted they were actual Uber employees and not independent contractors had their Read More
ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

ACA Discrimination Suit Sheds Light On Transgender Child Rights

Jul 18 Over the last few years, the rights of transgender workers within organizations have continued to fall under the microscope. From anti-discrimination rules surrounding hiring to adequately reporting the gender of Read More
Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

Updated Better Care Reconciliation Act Released

Jul 14 The U.S. Senate has released a new, updated draft of the Republican-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act aimed at winning over Republican Senators who were not enamored of the initially proposed Read More
EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

EEO-1 Reporting Complications Creates ACA Reporting Efficiencies

Jul 17 Today we are featuring a post from our new blog, FCCI Insights. This blog will provide information on legislative and regulatory activity involving pay equity, employment eligibility verification, tax credits, Read More
IRS Memorandum Sheds Light on Taxability Of Benefits Paid by Self-Funded Health Plans

IRS Memorandum Sheds Light on Taxability Of Benefits Paid by Self-Funded Health Plans

Jul 13 Many employers which provide self-funded healthcare for their employees have taken to covering the cost of employee participation in associated wellness plans. It’s a practice the IRS is well aware Read More
Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

Pressure Mounts for Congressional Action on Healthcare as Congress Returns to Washington

Jul 11 As Congress returns to Washington, D.C. from a quick Independence Day break, the question of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains top of mind. Job one for Read More
IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

IRS Still Moving Forward with ACA Compliance Enforcement for Employers

Jul 10 The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-38, which revealed the results of the Treasury Departments review of all “significant tax regulations” per President Trump’s Executive Order 13789 issued in April 2017. Read More
As Trump Seeks To Change Birth Control Rights, States Provide Aid For Women

As Trump Seeks To Change Birth Control Rights, States Provide Aid For Women

Jul 12 It’s far from coincidental that timed with Donald Trump’s move into the White House as President of the United States, women marched for reproductive rights. Trump made it part of Read More
Iowa Seeks Help From ACA During Healthcare Crisis

Iowa Seeks Help From ACA During Healthcare Crisis

Jul 7 Come 2018, Iowa has the potential threat of losing health care provider options within their exchange for a significant number of residents. Now, the Iowa insurance commission is requesting a Read More
Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

Deadline Nearing to Provide HHS Comments On How To Improve Health Insurance Markets

Jul 5 While Congress has been discussing new directions for healthcare reform from the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has been talking about the death of that current healthcare law. However, as Read More
New ACA-Related FAQ Arrives From Various Government Agencies

New ACA-Related FAQ Arrives From Various Government Agencies

Jul 3 The U.S. Treasury Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), has released new FAQs pertaining to mental health. Read More
Case of Whistleblower Demonstrates ACA Protections for Healthcare Workers

Case of Whistleblower Demonstrates ACA Protections for Healthcare Workers

Jun 29 A recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) upheld the anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These “whistleblower provisions,” among Read More
Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

Americans Dissatisfied With Senate ACA Replacement, Per KFF Study; Senate Vote is Delayed Until After July 4

Jun 28 The fate of Obamacare will not be determined this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans that a vote on the Senate replacement plan called “Better Care Reconciliation Read More
Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

Complexities Await Should ACA Be Amended Prior To Repeal

Jun 27 On June 26, President Trump tweeted, “Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” Read More
Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

Texas And Other States Await Possible Return Of Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurer

Jul 6 Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed major health insurers withdrawing from offering coverage on various states’ exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Companies like UnitedHealth and Aetna arguably led Read More
As Secret ACA Repeal Looms Overhead, Senate Democrats Voice Protest

As Secret ACA Repeal Looms Overhead, Senate Democrats Voice Protest

Jun 22 Last week it was revealed that Senate GOP have been meeting behind closed doors, readying perhaps a complete rewrite of Trump’s proposed healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. Prior Read More
Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

Senate Republicans Ready ACA Replacement Plan In Private

Jun 21 Earlier this year, House Republicans gathered in the wee hours of the morning to secretly prepare a replacement plan for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The result Read More
Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

Two New Health Care Tax Bills Approved Pending AHCA Passing

Jun 20 There was a time in the early stages of the ACA repeal where the Trump Administration shrugged off any ACA-mandated taxes going forward. The growing concern was that a repeal Read More
PCORI Fee Deadline is Coming up on July 31

PCORI Fee Deadline is Coming up on July 31

Jun 19 For those employers with self-insured plans, the annual filing and fee payments deadline is coming up on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee on July 31. IRS Form 720, Read More
Study Finds Veterans Received Healthcare Thanks To ACA Medicaid Expansion

Study Finds Veterans Received Healthcare Thanks To ACA Medicaid Expansion

Jun 15 During President Trump’s campaign, there was a lot of rhetoric extolling the importance of caring for veterans. That time seemed to change with the House passage of the American Healthcare Read More
The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

The AHCA May Cost Seniors Almost Half Of Their Annual Income In Premiums

Jun 26 The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still sitting in the Senate, awaiting a verdict on being modified or dismantled to something unrecognizable. While in limbo, analyses continue to surface, Read More
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