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Where can I find Injury & Illness Recordkeeping forms 300, 300A, 301? Right here: OSHA FORMS When must you post the summary? Employers must post the Summary only, not the log, by February 1 of the year following the year covered by the form and keep it posted until April 30 of that year. How […]

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OVERVIEW On Dec. 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (Act) was signed into law. The Act allows small employers that do not maintain group health plans to establish stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017. This new type of HRA is called a “qualified small […]

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On August 28, 2017, NCCI delivered its 2017 workers’ compensation insurance rate filing to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) and proposed an overall 9.6% average rate decrease covering all industry segments. The recommendation is based primarily upon recent data reflecting an 8% reduction in claim frequency. NCCI noted that the data used is […]

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On September 27, 2016 the Florida Office of Insurance (OIR) issued an Order for the workers’ compensation rate filing submitted by National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The requested rate increase of 19.6%, by NCCI, was DISAPPROVED, but a contingent approval to an overall combined average statewide rate increase of 14.5% was recommended. “Approval of […]

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Employers with self-insured major medical plans are reminded to report their membership count to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) via the pay.gov website by November 15, 2016, as part of the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) transitional reinsurance fee (the “Fee”). The Fee is assessed on both insured and self-insured group health […]

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In late June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly mailed out several hundred thousand notices to employers, dated June 21, 2016, informing them that one or more of their employees have been certified as eligible for a premium subsidy through a federal Health Insurance Marketplace.  Employers in states with state-run Marketplaces […]

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  On April 28, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Castellanos vs. Next Door Company, declaring Section 440.34, Florida Statutes, unconstitutional. The anticipated impact of the decision is the elimination of the statutory caps on claimant attorney fees and a return to hourly fees. On June 9, 2016, the […]

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Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming August 1, 2016 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, PCORI was established as part of health care reform to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of medical treatments, procedures […]

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On Monday, May 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released final regulations (Final Regulations) under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) governing wellness programs. The ADA rules cover an employer’s requests for health information from employees and the GINA rules cover […]

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On April 28th, 2016, the Florida Supreme court issued an opinion in the Castellanos v. Next Door Company case that will have an immediate impact on workers’ compensation insurance rates in Florida.  The court has declared the attorney fee schedule, first introduced in 2003, unconstitutional and a violation of due process under both the Florida and United States […]

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