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Extended Deadline for Furnishing 2019 ACA Form

December 19, 2019

Happy Holidays from the IRS: Extended Deadline for Furnishing (But Not Filing) 2019 ACA Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C December 2019 Simplify Compliance Benefits Bulletin   On December 2, 2019, the IRS issued Notice 2019-63, which extends the due date for certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting requirements for insurers, self-insured plan sponsors, and …

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Wellness Plan Compliance Checklist

December 19, 2019

Simplify Compliance Benefits Brief December 2019 Employers offer wellness plans for a number of reasons, but the main reasons are often to contain health care costs and to encourage employees to improve their health and prevent disease.  There are many different laws and legal considerations that govern wellness plans.  The design of an employer’s wellness …

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California Enacts New FSA Notification Requirement

November 18, 2019

  California recently enacted a new law, AB 1554, which imposes a notice requirement on employers who have California employees that participate in a health care flexible spending account (FSA), a dependent care FSA, or an adoption assistance FSA.   This new law is effective January 1, 2020.   Claim Submission Deadline Requirement Whether or …

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Fall Protection Gear Recalled: Stop Use Immediately

November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019   Pure Safety Group has issued a recall of fall protection gear. Pure Safety Group (PSG) has recalled Guardian Fall Protection and Web Device 3- Way Rescue and Retrieval Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL) units.   Continue reading here…

IRS Announces 2020 Health FSA Limit

November 7, 2019

  Benefits Brief November 2019   Open Enrollment Checklist For employers operating their group health plans on a calendar year basis, now is the time of the year to prepare for open enrollment with respect to group health and welfare benefits.  Typically, the focus is on evaluating the services and performance of vendors, renewing rates …

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Program

October 15, 2019

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Program FMCSA has established an online resource for the commercial motor vehicle industry for next year’s CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse implementation program.   The agency recently announced a website,, with information and answers to frequently asked questions.   Congress passed a mandate to establish the clearinghouse, and the final …

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Human Resources Bulletin – October 2019

October 15, 2019

Final Wage & Hour Rules The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule increasing the salary threshold for employees to qualify for the “white-collar” exemptions from overtime pay.  This new rule is expected to make 1.3 million more workers eligible to collect pay of one and one-half time their regular rate of pay …

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Medical Loss Ratio (MLR)

September 27, 2019

– October 2019 –   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care and health care quality improvement, which is intended to lower the cost of care. This percentage is known as “medical loss ratio” (MLR). In the large group insurance market, the …

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Finding Your Safety “Why”?

July 26, 2019

  Finding Your Safety “Why”?   07/26/19 – Have you ever wondered why certain companies are wildly successful when their competitors are mediocre or perhaps even fail? One of the most profound factors that will determine the success or failure of a company is its ability to understand and articulate their “WHY.” All companies know …

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San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

July 19, 2019

  San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance   07/19/19 – The City of San Antonio “Paid Sick Leave Ordinance” (pdf) is set to go into effect on August 1, 2019. This ordinance covers all private employers with six or more employees who perform, minimum, 80 hours of work within the city limits.   For small employers …

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