• IRS Announces Higher 2020 Retirement Plan

      November 7, 2019 | Blog/HR News/Uncategorized

      The IRS has announced the inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings and other cost-of-living changes in Notice 2019-59 effective January 1, 2020. 2020 Highlights 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan: limits increased by $500 from $19,000 in 2019 to $19,500 in 2020 The catch-up contribution: limit for employees over End excerpt

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    • 2019 Medicare Part D Notice

      The following information is provided as guidance for employers and their employees regarding Medicare Part D notification requirements. Should you have specific questions regarding your organization’s health plan, or other employee benefits, please contact a FosterThomas Employee Benefits Specialist. Medicare Part D Eligible Employees This post serves as a reminder that employers who provide prescription drug End excerpt

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    • Form 1095-C or 1095-B Deadline Extended

      December 11, 2019 | Uncategorized

      Updated Deadlines The IRS has issued Notice 2019-63 extending the distribution deadline of Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) and Form 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) to employees from January 31, 2020 to March 2, 2020. It is important to note that the deadlines are not extended for filing Forms with the IRS. The deadlines End excerpt

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    • HSA Preventive Services Update

      October 16, 2019 | Uncategorized

      HSA plans can cover more preventive services prior to deductible being met after renewal this year. On July 17, 2019, the IRS released Notice 2019-45 providing guidance relating to health savings accounts (HSAs), specifically expanding the types of treatments and services that constitute preventive care.  As a reminder, to be HSA-eligible, the individual must be End excerpt

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    • Reporting Requirement Under D.C. Individual Mandate

      OTR NOTICE Under new tax guidance (Notice 2019-04), D.C. residents must have minimal essential health care coverage (MEC), have a coverage exemption, or pay a tax penalty for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2019. Insurance companies, business providing insurance to their employees, and other applicable entities are required to file information returns End excerpt

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    • 2020 Health Savings Account and Compliant Health Plan Limits

      August 14, 2019 | Blog/HR News

      The IRS has announced the annual Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits that will apply in 2020. Individual contributions are increasing from $3,500 to $3,550. Maximum contributions for family plans are increasing from $7,000 to $7,100. High deductible plans in 2020 will be those that have an End excerpt

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    • Time for Employers to Plan for $35,000 Overtime Threshold

      March 14, 2019 | HR News

      By Tammy Binford, Contributing Editor of the BLR Web and Print Publications Now that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has made known its plan for a new threshold for overtime eligibility, it’s time for employers to prepare for a $35,308 a year level, attorneys who have been following developments say. The DOL announced a Notice End excerpt

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    • 2018 Medicare Part D Notice

      October 3, 2018 | Blog/HR News/News

      2018 Medicare Part D Notice The following information is provided as guidance for employers and their employees regarding Medicare Part D notification requirements. Should you have specific questions regarding your organization’s health plan, or other employee benefits, please contact a FosterThomas Employee Benefits Specialist. Medicare Part D Eligible Employees This post serves as a reminder that End excerpt

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    • Maryland Minimum Wage Increases To $10.10 Per Hour

      September 7, 2018 | Uncategorized

      This July, Maryland’s minimum wage increased from $9.25 to $10.10 and will gradually increase every July until 2022. The bill was put into place by delegate Jeffery Waldstreicher, a Montgomery County Democrat who outlined the bill before a House committee back in 2017. The raise of minimum wage will eventually reach a historic high of End excerpt

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    • PEO Vs. HR Outsourcing – What’s the Difference?

      September 7, 2018 | Blog

      Running a small business can prevent a few issues stemming from staff management, as developing an infrastructure and determining employee benefits can prove challenging. Insert PEOs, or Professional Employer Organizations, which partner with companies to aid human resources, employee benefits, regulatory compliance, and payroll outsourcing. While that all sounds positive, moving forward with a PEO End excerpt

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