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HR Webinar: August 2024
HR Webinar: August 2024

us for an overview of pay transparency trends and commonalities. The discussion will include the potential impacts of the Salary Transparency Act that may be passed next year, depending on the political disposition of Congress after the elections. This webinar will review different steps and strategies clients can adopt now to prepare for changes in pay transparency regulation.

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DOL Issues Guidance on Payroll Rounding, Overtime Calculations, and Certain Paralegals

Employers looking for guidance on payroll rounding practices, classification of certain highly compensated paralegals, and calculating overtime where employees receive non-discretionary bonuses will be glad to know the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued three new Opinion Letters on those subjects. DOL Opinion Letters are issued by the Wage and Hour Division of the DOL …

New HRA Rules: What Employers Need to Know

Starting in 2020, employers will be able to offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that work in conjunction with individual coverage or Medicare without running afoul of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reform rules. These individual coverage HRAs (ICHRAs) could be used to pay for out-of-pocket expenses, premiums for Medicare, or individual policies purchased through …

PCORI FEES DUE JULY 31, 2019

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees). The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (PDF) (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). The PCORI fees do not apply for plan years ending on or after Oct. 1, 2019. …

President Directs Agencies to Expand HSA and FSA Rules

In an Executive Order issued on June 24, 2019, President Trump directed several agencies to address a number of health care related matters through regulation. This post discusses Section 6 of the Executive Order, which takes aim at Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), health care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and medical expenses generally. Health Savings Accounts …

New Executive Order Attempts to Make Healthcare Prices More Transparent

Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It’s hard to get prices in advance. President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he says would make such comparisons easier, and make the pricing process more transparent. The order directs agencies to draw up rules requiring hospitals and insurers to make …

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