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► FSA Contribution Limits Increase for 2019

December 14, 2018

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,700 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2019, a $50 increase from the 2018 amount, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2018-57 . The IRS is raising to $225,000 (from $220,000) the annual compensation that ...

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► What Form I-9 Documentation Must Employers Keep?

December 12, 2018

Most employers know that they must complete a Form I-9 for each new employee within 3 business days of the individual's start date. The I-9 has two sections that need to be filled out separately by the employee and the employer. Section 1 contains general information about the employee, ...

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► Minimum Wage Increases for 2019

December 10, 2018

2019 will usher in a New Year as well as new minimum wage rates for numerous states across the country, including Ohio and California. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that ...

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► How Cafeteria Plans Intersect With Wellness Programs

December 6, 2018

Wellness programs are subject to a variety of rules and regulations familiar to most benefit professionals, like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information ...

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► Workplace Bullying: How to Eliminate It

December 5, 2018

Dealing with a bully in the workplace can be a traumatic, energy-sapping experience that has a detrimental effect on your workforce and overall productivity. Traditionally, when people think of bullying, they think of a kid getting picked on by older peers on the playground or someone spreading ...

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► Tackling Student Loan Debt in the Workplace

November 26, 2018

Employees in every industry are burdened with student loan debt. According to the latest Federal Reserve data, Americans carry over $1.5 trillion in student loans . The amount continues to grow every quarter. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2018 Employee Financial Wellness Survey revealed that ...

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► Infographic: Paid Sick Leave Laws Around the U.S.

November 23, 2018

Prior to 2014, there were only 4 paid sick leave laws in effect nationwide. That number has grown to more than 30 laws, covering several states, cities, and counties.  The infographic below provides a broader picture of which states, cities, and counties offer paid sick leave laws. The ...

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► New Report Shows More Employers Offering Healthcare

November 20, 2018

The percentage of private-sector employers offering group health coverage rebounded slightly in 2017 after a long gradual decline, according to an issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). After declining from 56.4% to 45.3% between 2008 and 2016, this percentage ...

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► What is "Good Reason" for Terminating an Employee?

November 16, 2018

It's common for executive and key employees to have contracts governing the terms and conditions of their employment with their employer. It’s also common for employment contracts to be negotiated and entered into in the context of a business sale transaction in which (1) the ...

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► Plan Sponsors Take Note: IRS Updates Safe Harbor Notices & VCP Online Filing

November 12, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), earlier this fall, announced two updates to procedures that plan sponsors and their service providers should note. In Notice 2018-74 , the agency refreshed guidance on the safe harbor that employers may use to comply with retirement plan participant notice ...

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