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What You Need to Know: COBRA Liability in Mergers and Acquisitions

By Natalie Withers  

Employers who go through business reorganizations, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), will need to know whether COBRA continuation coverage must be offered and whether the group health plan of the seller or buyer must  provide COBRA continuation coverage. Here is what you need to know…

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Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rule Overturned

By Natalie Withers  

This time last year, employers were making plans to implement the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Overtime rule . However, days before the effective date, a United States District Court judge in Texas granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction, essentially maintaining the status quo until the court could determine the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) authority to almost double the salary threshold.

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Best Practices for a Compliant Open Enrollment

By Natalie Withers  

As open enrollment season ramps up, it’s easy to get bogged down by renewal decisions, enrollment logistics and employee communications in our quest for a smooth enrollment. But don’t forget the steps you need to take to also have a compliant open enrollment. Failure to meet annual compliance requirements can negatively affect your bottom line and cause stress down the road. Follow these three tips to ensure you check all the compliance boxes for your 2018 open enrollment:

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President Trump’s Executive Order: Minimizing the Economic Burden of the ACA Pending Repeal

By Natalie Withers  

ust a few hours after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order giving federal agencies the ability to dismantle large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the two-page order, President Trump gave the authority to department heads of executive departments and federal agencies to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA. It also stated that they should prepare to give the States more “flexibility and control” to create more healthcare options for consumers.

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What You Need To Know: 2017 Taxation of Wellness Incentives

By Kelly Holt, CHC   Natalie Withers  

Earlier this week, we rang in the new year. Many use this holiday as a reason to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. For your employees, this could mean taking a greater interest in their health, losing weight, taking advantage of that gym reimbursement they get through work—the list could go on. We encourage you to continue helping employees be healthier and more productive. However, don’t forget that all cash rewards (this includes gift cards) and reimbursements are taxable income for your employees and therefore should not be excluded from their gross earnings.

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How the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Targets Nonunion Employers

By Susan Heard, SPHR  

In 1965, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it’s just one in 10. With dwindling union participation in the workforce, the National Labor Relations Board has turned its attention to nonunion employers. The issue is Section 7 rights or “protected concerted activity.” Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects activity “engaged in, with, or on the authority of other employees” about terms and conditions of employment. It takes just two employees’ acting together for activity to become “concerted.” The NLRA prohibits employers from interfering with or restraining concerted activities.

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Voting Leave: How To Stay Compliant in Tennessee

By Natalie Withers  

Election Day is less than one month away, and Tennessee voters are making plans to visit their local polls. During election season, employees may request that their work hours be altered in order to fit voting into their regular workday.

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Reminder: PCORI Fee due Aug 1

By Natalie Withers  

The purpose of the PCORI fee is to fund comparative effectiveness research and to evaluate and compare health outcomes with clinical effectiveness. This fee applies to both fully-insured and self-insured medical plans and is based on the average covered lives on the plan.