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Striving for a Culture Change in Your Wellness Program (Part 2)

September 14 | 2016
By: Heather Mills
Wellness Program Manager at VolkBell, a UBA Partner Firm

Many wellness programs start off with good intentions, offer some education and fun, but even after several years, have failed to meet their original goals or produce real culture change. We recently reviewed the first three steps to a successful, sustainable workplace program. Here we conclude with steps four through six for setting up a […]

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IRS Proposes New Section 6055 Reporting Requirements for Self-Insured Employers

September 8 | 2016
By: Vicki Randall
Compliance Specialist at Compliancedashboard, a UBA Certified Solution

Employers with self-insured health plans for health coverage are facing new Section 6055 regulations regarding the reporting of minimum essential coverage. The proposed regulation requires self-insured employers to report this information to the IRS on either Form 1095-B or in Part III of Form 1095-C, if the coverage is provided by an applicable large employer. Section 6055 […]

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Do You Know Who Your Primary Care Physician Is? Well, You Should.

August 31 | 2016
By: Elizabeth Kay
Compliance & Retention Analyst, AEIS Advisors, A UBA Partner Firm

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought about many changes to the health insurance industry. As we are now in the sixth year of implementation of the Act, we are seeing more changes coming just around the corner. Generally speaking, most health plans can be classified into two categories: HMO and PPO. With an HMO […]

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HIPAA Phase 1 Audits

August 26 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established national standards to secure and protect the privacy of health information. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) requires the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct audits of covered entities and business associates in […]

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Salary Conditions Under The New DOL Standards

August 19 | 2016
By: Nancy Bourque
HR Practice Leader at United Benefit Advisors

On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) will implement changes raising the minimum compensation for exempt employees to $47,476 annually. While salary is just half of a two-part equation that includes a duties test of essential job functions, scrutiny is under way to analyze compensation and find solutions to avoid conflict with the […]

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What is Essential? The Madness of Maintaining Job Descriptions Under the DOL

August 10 | 2016
By: Nancy Bourque
HR Practice Leader at United Benefit Advisors

Your new position just got approved and, finally, that mission-critical headcount addition is green-lighted. Celebration ensues until the actual work of finding the ideal candidate begins. The first step is to get a job description. In some cases, a perfectly vetted position analysis and description may exist, one that captures the particulars and purpose of […]

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IRS Reporting: Now What?

June 29 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

Applicable large employers and self-funded employers of all sizes have now completed the first round of required IRS reporting under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires individuals to have health insurance, while applicable large employers (ALEs) are required to offer health insurance benefits to their full-time employees. In order for […]

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OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

June 20 | 2016
By: Nancy Bourque
HR Practice Leader at United Benefit Advisors

Beginning in 2017, certain employers with as few as 20 employees at a single site will be required to electronically file information about employee injuries and accidents that occurred in the prior year. This means that, for many employers, injuries and illnesses occurring in 2016 will be subject to this change. Employers of as few […]

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What Employers Need to Know about the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match Program

June 16 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

Beginning in early 2016, many employers received letters from the IRS-SSA-CMS Data Match program. These letters are addressed to the employer and begin by stating that “Medicare needs your cooperation.” Employers are directed to report information on the IRS/SSA/CMS Data Match Secure Web Site (https://www.cob.cms.hhs.gov/DataMatch/). The data being requested is often extensive, and can cover […]

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Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age and More Finalized

June 7 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will take effect on July 18, 2016. If entities need to make changes to health insurance or group health plan benefit design as a result of this final rule […]

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Overtime Exemption Rules Arrive

June 1 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

After a long wait, the Department of Labor (DOL) has released the revisions to the white collar overtime exemption rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. Generally speaking, the Fair Labor Standards Act applies to employees of “enterprises.” Enterprises are: 1. A federal, state, or local […]

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DOL Issues 31st FAQ on ACA Implementation

May 26 | 2016
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its 31st FAQ on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), dedicated to coverage of preventive services, rescissions of coverage, out-of-network emergency services, clinical trial coverage, cost-sharing limitations, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act. Some highlights […]

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