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4 Ways to Support Remote Employee Collaboration and Productivity

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Human Resources

Working remotely doesn’t always come naturally to employees, especially among those who are used to the accountability of in-person workplaces. Remote work requires focus and restraint amid the countless distractions present in the home, and it lacks the socialization capabilities that come with..

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Attraction and Retention Challenges Amid COVID-19

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Human Resources, COVID-19

Attracting and retaining talent is often a top priority for HR departments. Given the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the job market, one might imagine this task is easier than ever. Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth.

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Health Costs Must be Included on Employee W-2s

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Human Resources

If an employer filed more than 250 W-2 forms during the prior year, the aggregate cost of coverage must be included in box 12 of each employee's W-2. Specifically, the requirement to report is based on how many W-2 forms were filed under each EIN for the previous calendar year.

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Employers Offering Individual Coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) Must Consider “Affordability”

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Employee Benefits

For employers that are offering an ICHRA, keep in mind that an ICHRA has to be “affordable” in order to avoid an employer mandate penalty. An ICHRA offer is considered "affordable" to employees if, based on the employee's income and the ICHRA contribution, they are able to purchase the..

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Mental Health Parity - New Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation (NQTL) Reporting Requirements

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Employee Benefits

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 added several provisions related to transparency in group health plan coverage, including compliance with mental health parity laws.

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Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: COVID-19

Since COVID-19 vaccine demand is increasing and distribution varies by state, scammers are trying to take advantage of uncertainty and confusion to steal money and personal information from vaccine seekers. Scammers are using phone calls, text messages, social media platforms and door-to-door..

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Commercial Auto Trends to Watch in 2021

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Property & Casualty

Whether they’re transporting materials and tools to worksites, hauling goods for deliveries or driving to meet clients—organizations of all sizes and industries rely on safe, functioning vehicles to serve their customers and generate profit. But, while utilizing a commercial fleet can offer..

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ACA Reporting: 1095 Distribution Extensions Announced

The IRS announced limited relief from some of the 2020 ACA reporting requirements (IRC Sections 6055 and 6056). Specifically, the relief has to do with the 1095-B and 1095-C forms, which relate to reporting individuals’ coverage.

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HHS Issues Two New Congressional Reports Related to HIPAA Compliance and Breach Notifications

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Employee Benefits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released two reports to Congress regarding HIPAA compliance and breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI). The compliance report notes that hundreds of cases during 2018 resulted in corrective actions, and 11..

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New Transparency in Coverage Rules: What are the Responsibilities for Employers and Carriers?

Author: HJI | BSG

Category: Employee Benefits

On October 29, 2020, the IRS, DOL and HHS jointly issued the “Transparency in Coverage” final rule. First proposed in November 2019 as per Executive Order 13877, the final rule imposes new cost-sharing and pricing disclosure requirements upon group health plans and health insurers. Generally,..

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