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Say Goodbye to the Individual Mandate Penalty Under the ACA

It was recently announced that the Trump Administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not.

If you were one of the millions of people who decided to waive health insurance from your employer yet still did not enroll for insurance in the federal marketplace exchange, you were to be assessed an individual mandate penalty by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2016. 

ACA Reporting: Are You Prepared?

During the next few weeks the Minimal Essential Coverage 1094-C and 1095-C reporting cycle starts all over again for the 2016 calendar year. It doesn’t matter whether President Trump and Congress repeal, replace, repair, refine, re-tool, reform, revise, remedy, remake, reconstruct, or rework the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you are an Applicable Large Employer (ALE), then get ready to report.

Trump Issues Executive Order on the ACA

On January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But if you think the ACA is gone - think again. No ACA provisions or requirements have been eliminated or delayed as a result of President Trump’s actions. Employers should continue to prepare for future requirements and deadlines to ensure full compliance.

7 Trucking Trends for 2017

With roughly 3.5 million truck drivers collectively moving nearly 70% of all freight tonnage in the U.S. change is inevitable. 2017 brings a slew of trends that will shape the future of this essential industry. 

Pay & Respect – The Key to Retaining Drivers

Driver pay has a direct correlation with retaining your drivers and oftentimes employers believe that higher pay will keep their drivers around. With recent findings, thinking outside of the box may be your best bet for hanging tight to your most valued drivers.

On the flip side, it’s not all about the dollar bills. A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T goes a long way in terms of driver retention. How are you treating your drivers?

Top 5 Blogs of 2016

As we wave goodbye to 2016 and welcome a new year filled with new possibilities, resolutions, and excitement let's take a look back at our top blogs of 2016.

Is the Stand-Alone HRA Making a Comeback?

Congress passed H.R. 34, which exempts certain health reimbursement arrangements (HRA), including premium-reimbursement plans, from most Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for small employers (i.e. those employing less than 50 full-time equivalents).

On December 13th, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation establishes a new type of HRA for small employers that do not offer health coverage - known as “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements.” 

 

FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs.   

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Anti-Retaliation Rule Has Taken Effect, December 1

Yesterday was the final day that the Texas lawsuit against the OSHA anti-retaliation and discrimination rule could have pushed off the rule to a later date. However, a judge denied the preliminary injunction that would have delayed the enforcement from taking effect as scheduled. As a result of this ruling. the final rule went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Topics: Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

DOL New Salary Threshold Delayed

The new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations - which greatly altered the overtime exemptions - were set to take effect on December 1, 2016, but as of November 22, 2016, that is no longer the case. A federal judge in Texas issued a nation-wide preliminary injunction to stop the new overtime regulations from taking effect on their originally scheduled date.  However, the judge did hold open the possibility that these new regulations could be implemented at a later date.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits