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ACA Compliance Overview On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. This final rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that apply for the 2019 benefit year. Standards included in the final rule relate to: […]

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OSHA Delays Beryllium Rule and Clarifies Requirements for Construction and Shipyards The final rule on beryllium exposure in the general, construction and shipyard industries became effective on May 20, 2017. However, the agency recently announced the delay of enforcement until May 11, 2018. Some of the rule requirements will vary between the three affected industries […]

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On Dec. 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed by President Trump after passing the House and Senate on Dec. 20. The tax reform bill is the most substantial overhaul of America’s tax system in decades and brings BIG news for small businesses in regards to federal tax code. Notable Provisions: Starting […]

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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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