Compliance Alert: Upcoming 2018 CVSA Roadside Blitz on Hours of Service Logs

During the first week of June (specifically June 5th, 6th, and 7th), the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with local jurisdiction will be conducting a focused blitz on Hours-Of-Service (HOS) compliance. According to the CVSA, 32% of drivers were placed out of service during last year’s three day blitz for HOS violations. Compliance … Continued

Q&A: Medicare Part D

It is that time of year again for plan sponsors to begin preparing their Medicare Part D notices. Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug benefits must notify Medicare Part D eligible individuals by October 15th whether the group prescription coverage is at least as good as Medicare Part D coverage. Coverage that … Continued

Pennsylvania Employers: Potential Changes to Your Workers’ Compensation Program

What You Need to Know On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) process was unconstitutional because the General Assembly is not permitted to delegate its authority to issue impairment rating guidelines to a non-legislative body, or in the Protz case, the American Medical Association (AMA).  See Protz … Continued

Indefinite Suspension of the New EEO-1 Report

The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) has indefinitely suspended the revised EEO-1 Report’s compliance date.  Major criticisms of the new format, including the large cost of compliance along with the lack of privacy safeguards precipitated its suspension.  Private-sector employers and covered federal contractors will not be required to … Continued

Compliance Report: Summary of Senate GOP Health Reform Bill

Details of the Senate’s GOP health reform bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”,  were released yesterday.  After much speculation we finally have a good idea of what GOP leadership in the upper house would like to see change. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to push the bill through for a vote by the … Continued

Compliance Alert: The American Health Care Act Passes the House

Advocates of the initiative to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are pleased that the House Republicans were able to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). While getting the bill approved in the House is a big accomplishment, and one that GOP leadership can legitimately celebrate, it is important to understand that this is … Continued

IRS Provides FAQ Guidance for Form 1095-C

A new FAQ that addresses the reporting of COBRA coverage on the 1095-C employee statement has been issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The FAQ stresses an offer of COBRA coverage to a current employee due to a reduction in hours is reported differently than an offer of COBRA coverage to a former employee. We … Continued

IRS Form for excluding employer-provided adoption benefits released

The IRS released 2014 Form 8839 for claiming employer sponsored adoption benefits. Plan sponsors providing a qualified adoption assistance program should note: Maximum adoption credit and exclusion amounts adjusted to reflect 2014 values ($13,190 per eligible child). The credit and exclusion begin to be phased out for individuals with modified adjusted gross incomes greater than … Continued