• IRS Tip: ACA Information – Full-time and Full-time Equivalent Employees

    May 28, 2015 | Blog

    The following information was received from the IRS on 5/28/15. FosterThomas has also written blog articles covering this important information. See those articles HERE and HERE ACA Information for Employers Counting Full-time and Full-time Equivalent Employees For the purposes of the Affordable Care Act, employers average their number of employees across the months in the year End excerpt

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  • OFCCP Posts New Sample Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs) Web Page

    May 27, 2015 | Blog

    The following information was received from the DOL on 5/27/15. OFCCP has posted a new Sample Affirmative Action Programs Web page that contractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) may find useful.  The new page contains sample transition year Section 503 and End excerpt

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  • Cyber Attack: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Targeted

    May 21, 2015 | Blog

    CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has been the target of a cyber attack On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced that the company has been the target of a sophisticated cyberattack. The attackers gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database. This was discovered as a part of the company’s ongoing Information Technology (IT) End excerpt

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  • IRS: Find out how ACA Affects Employers with Fewer than 50 Employees

    May 18, 2015 | Blog

    This email was received from the IRS on 5/13/15 (IRS.gov). We have also posted a few articles covering this same information. The below email from the IRS contains several links to excellent information, which we have highlighted for ease of use. IRS Health Care Tax Tip Article: Find out how ACA affects Employers with fewer End excerpt

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  • EEOC Proposed Rule: Health and Wellness Programs

    May 15, 2015 | Blog

    We recently wrote an informative blog post Wellness Programs: FAQs and Proposed Rules that outlines guidelines to be followed if a Wellness Program asks employees to answer disability-related questions, or asks an employee to participate in a medical examination. Coinciding with this blog article, SHRM recently published the Assessing the Health of Wellness Program under EEOC Proposed Rule End excerpt

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  • OSHA Updates Workplace Safety Poster

    May 11, 2015 | Blog

    The following information was taken from the OSHA.gov site. The familiar OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration) safety poster has undergone a few revisions. This poster is available for free in several languages and must be posted in a conspicuous location within all workplaces. This poster advises workers of their rights in the workplace, as End excerpt

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  • Mental Health and Addiction Webinar from the DOL: 5/28/15

    May 7, 2015 | Blog

    The following information was received from the US DOL on 5/7/15 Mental Health Parity – Important Information About Your Health Coverage Webcast May 28, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration If you have health coverage through a private sector employer’s plan, there are End excerpt

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  • Maryland Minimum Wage: 2015 Increases

    May 1, 2015 | Blog

    Effective January 1, 2015 the Maryland minimum wage increased to $8.00 per hour. On July 1, 2015, it will increase to $8.25 per hour; the second in a series of increases for employees. Employers in Maryland must display the current minimum wage posting in each year that the rate changes. The Maryland Wage Payment and Collection End excerpt

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  • Wellness Programs: FAQs and Proposed Rules

    April 27, 2015 | Blog

    On 4/16/15, the EEOC issued proposed rules regarding company Wellness Programs (those included in group health plans). Specifically detailed are guidelines to be followed if a Wellness Program asks employees to answer disability-related questions, or asks an employee to participate in a medical examination. HHS has issued FAQs related to these proposed rules for Wellness End excerpt

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  • OFCCP Updates VEVRAA Benchmark Database: Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Take Note

    April 22, 2015 | Blog

    This information was received from the US Department of Labor, OFCCP on 4/21/15 OFCCP’s National Annual Benchmark for VEVRAA Now 7 Percent OFCCP updated the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database on its website, based on 2014 end-of-year data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Now, the Annual National Benchmark is 7 End excerpt

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