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Webinar: Considerations for Employers Handling COVID Vaccine Mandates

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Register Now President Biden’s administration recently announced its Path Out of the Pandemic action plan. The action plan calls for employers with 100 or more employees to require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly tests, as well as requiring vaccinations for federal […]

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Mandated Vaccination for Disabled Employees

Under EEOC guidance, an employer may require an individual with a disability to meet a job-qualification standard that applies to all employees – such as a COVID‑19 vaccination – if the standard is job-related and consistent with business necessity. If a particular employee cannot meet such standard because of a disability, the employer may not […]

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Attention: Medicare Part D Notice

Action Items: Step 1: If you have provided participants and new hires with the annual notice packet provided by Bim Group or generated through HR Service in the last 12 months, the Medicare Part D notice is included in this packet, so no additional action is required at this time for Step 1. If you have not […]

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NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15, 2021: Notice of Expiration to AEIs of ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance

Under provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), COBRA administrators are required to provide Assistance Eligible Individuals (“AEIs”) with written notice of the date on which their COBRA subsidy will end. The notice must be provided no earlier than 45 days before the expiration date and no later than 15 days before that date. […]

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HR Elements: Brainstorm Techniques to Elevate Team Creativity

READ TIME: 3 MINUTES “How should we fix this problem?” is a question that has been asked time and again in the boardroom, around the lunch table and likely on your last Zoom call at work. In this scenario, some may look to the most experienced person in the room or on the call to […]

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Guidance on ARPA COBRA Subsidy

Source: HR Service, Inc. The IRS recently released IRS Notice 2021-46, which provides new guidance and clarifications regarding the COBRA premium subsidy in the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”). This notice follows an earlier release of IRS FAQs in Notice 2021-31. Notice 2021-46 provides background information about the COBRA premium assistance, addresses several questions with specific examples and […]

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Six Employer Questions to Answer Before Imposing a Surcharge on Unvaccinated Workers

READ TIME: 5 MINUTES Many employers are struggling to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among their workforce, concerned not only about both the safety of the workforce but also the costs of COVID-19 treatment that could be avoided through vaccination. Some are now turning to the possibility of a higher premium cost, or surcharge, for any […]

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Departments Defer Transparency and Disclosure Rule Enforcement, Provide FAQ Guidance

READ TIME: 8 MINUTES On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (collectively, the Departments), issued FAQ guidance regarding provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the No Surprises Act (the Act) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). Specifically, the FAQ provide guidance to group health plans […]

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Webinar: Best Practices for Handling IRS ACA Penalty Letters

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Register Now The Affordable Care Act requires that applicable large employers (ALEs) provide minimum essential coverage to eligible employees, which is enforced by the IRS based on information reported in IRS Forms 1094 and 1095. In response to Form filings, the IRS may issue […]

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Departments Defer Transparency and Disclosure Rule Enforcement, Provide FAQ Guidance

READ TIME: 8 MINUTES On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (collectively, the Departments), issued FAQ guidance regarding provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the No Surprises Act (the Act) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). Specifically, the FAQ provide guidance to group health plans […]

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