Supreme Court Dismisses Latest Challenge to the ACA (Downloadable PDF)

Background The “individual mandate” provision of the ACA as originally enacted in 2010 required most U.S. residents to obtain minimum essential health…


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New Mandatory Preventive Items and Services – 2021 Updates (Downloadable PDF)

Most plans will be required to cover new preventive items and services beginning later this year, or in 2022 or 2023 (depending on the plan year),…


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Tea & Tidbits: Benefits Strategies for Small Employers (Video Webinar)

Join us as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the most relevant issues facing the world of employment will be…


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2021 PCOR Fee Filing Reminder for Self-Insured Plans (Downloadable PDF)

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) fee filing deadline is August 2, 2021, for all self-funded medical plans and HRAs for plan years ending in…


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Conducting a Pay Analysis

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) According to Kenneth Eade, a lawyer and author, “In any negotiation, the one who…


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Tea & Tidbits: Leaves of Absence (Video Webinar)

Join us as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the most relevant issues facing the world of employment will be…


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IRS Provides Additional Guidance on the COBRA Subsidy – Downloadable PDF

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued 86 FAQs regarding implementation of the 2021 COBRA premium assistance (or “COBRA subsidy”) and corresponding tax credit…


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2022 Inflation Adjusted Amounts for HSAs – Downloadable PDF

The IRS released the inflation adjustments for health savings accounts (HSAs) and their accompanying high deductible health plans (HDHPs) effective for…


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Annual Out-of-Pocket Maximum Adjustments Announced for 2022 – Downloadable PDF

On April 30, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published its Annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022. This…


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Employers Encouraged to Provide PTO for Vaccinations – Downloadable PDF

On April 21, 2021, President Biden issued an announcement to encourage all employers to offer paid time off for employees to schedule vaccinations and…


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Tea & Tidbits: Recognizing Discrimination in Employee Benefits Programs (Video Webinar)

Join us as we spill the tea! For thirty minutes each month, the most relevant issues facing the world of employment are raised, and legal, HR, and benefits…


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Guidance Issued on MHPAEA Comparative Analysis Requirement – Downloadable PDF

As previously reported, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) amends the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) to…


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Update on COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccine Administration Cost – Downloadable PDF

Medicare has increased and simplified its payment rate for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to $40 per dose. This change may impact group health…


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COVID-19 PPE Now a Qualified Medical Expense – Downloadable PDF

On March 26, 2021, the IRS issued IRS Announcement 2021-7, which clarifies that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (“COVID-19 PPE”) used…


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Tea & Tidbits – COVID-19 Vaccine (Webinar Video)

Join us as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the most relevant issues facing the world of employment will be…


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Conducting a Human Resource Assessment

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) A regular review of your human resource operations is imperative in order to keep…


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New COBRA Subsidy – Downloadable PDF

Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“the Act”) on March 10, 2021 and it was signed into law on March 11, 2020. The Act includes a 100%…


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2021 Guidance Issued on Outbreak Period – Downloadable PDF

Summary: On February 26, 2021, the Departments of Labor and the Treasury (“the Departments”) issued guidance addressing the COVID-19 Outbreak Period –…


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Difficult Communications During COVID-19

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) Having difficult conversations about work performance, attendance, and…


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Tea & Tidbits – American Heart Month (Webinar Video)

Join us as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the most relevant issues facing the world of employment will be…


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Marketplace Special Enrollment Period Announced – Downloadable PDF

On January 28, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, • President Biden issued an executive order requiring the U.S. Department of Health and…


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Reminders for Medicare CMS Notice and 1094-1095 Filing – Downloadable PDF

Medicare Part D – CMS Notification Reminder Employers sponsoring a group health plan (whether insured or self-insured) need to report information on the…


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DOL Penalties Increase for 2021 – Downloadable PDF

The Department of Labor (DOL) published the annual adjustments for 2021 that increase certain penalties applicable to employee benefit plans.…


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Tea & Tidbits – Employee Assistance Programs (Webinar Video)

Join Clark Hill, HR/Advantage Advisory, and Alliance Benefit Solutions as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the…


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New Jersey Issues 2020 Individual Mandate Reporting Requirements – Downloadable PDF

The State of New Jersey has provided information for employer reporting for the 2020 calendar year under New Jersey’s individual health insurance mandate…


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HHS Extends the Public Health Emergency Again – Downloadable PDF

On January 7, 2021, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced the administration will renew the COVID-19 pandemic Public Health…


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EEOC Provides Proposed Wellness Rules – Downloadable PDF

On January 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released two notices of proposed rulemaking (“Proposed Rules”) on wellness…


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DOL FAQs Address Expiration of FFCRA Leave – Downloadable PDF

On the last day of 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued two additional FAQs (#104 and #105) related to the Families…


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Different Ways You Can Express Gratitude at Work

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) Individual achievement and competition are rewarded in US workplaces through…


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Top Ten Tips To Have More Effective Meetings

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) What words come to mind when you think of workplace meetings? Efficiently run…


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Tea & Tidbits – It’s That Time of Year Again: Open Enrollment (Webinar Video)

Join Clark Hill, HR/Advisory Advantage, and Alliance Benefit Solutions as we spill the tea on the latest employment issues. For thirty minutes each month, the…


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What to Know About New Jersey Transit Commuter Tax Benefits (Updated Oct 2020)

Updated: October 26th, 2020 On March 1, 2019, New Jersey established a transit benefit ordinance that requires employers to offer employees pre-tax commuter…


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2020 HR Trends: HR Advantage Advisory Update

(Article originally authored by HR/Advantage Advisory, Powered by Clark Hill) The US workforce has encountered unprecedented changes over the past few months.…


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Department of Labor: Updated Family & Medical Leave Act Forms

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has released new forms for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new forms are intended to reduce…


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New Jersey ACA 1095 Reporting & Mandate Filing Deadline

If you are an employer and provide your staff with health insurance coverage, you need to be aware of the New Jersey state individual mandate that comes into…


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