• 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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    • Upcoming Due Date for VETS-4212 report

      August 14, 2018 | Blog/HR News

      The VETS-4212 report is due annually on September 30th. The submission of the Veterans-4212 report is required if you are a government contractor or subcontractor with contracts of $150,000 or more. Federal contractors and subcontractors completing the VETS-4212 report must provide information on the number of employees and new hires during the reporting period who End excerpt

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    • IRS Sets New 2019 Limits for Group Plans and HDHP/HSA Plans

      July 11, 2018 | Blog

      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently released the 2019 cost-of-living adjusted limits for group plans, high deductible health plans (HDHPs), and health savings accounts (HSAs). Below are the details: HSA Contribution Limits. The 2019 annual HSA contribution limit is $3,500 for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage (a $50 increase from 2018), and $7,000 for End excerpt

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    • New Jersey Equal Pay Act

      June 27, 2018 | Blog/HR News

      On March 27, 2018, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, named after a recently retired state legislator who championed pay equity and women’s rights. This amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for women. Governor Phil Murphy, who End excerpt

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    • New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act

      May 23, 2018 | Blog

      Effective October 29, 2018, New Jersey will enact paid sick leave. The law applies to all private employers with employees working in the state of New Jersey. Employees will be entitled to 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to an annual maximum of 40 hours per year. The annual End excerpt

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    • Maryland Male Sterilization Law – H.S.A. Issue Resolved

      May 16, 2018 | Blog

      Earlier this year, there were major concerns that the new Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act that went into effect on January 1, 2018 mandated that insurers would cover vasectomies at no cost to their members and that this would jeopardize the ability of members to use their health savings accounts (HSAs). The rationale was that IRS End excerpt

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    • 2019 Rules Announced for High-Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts

      May 15, 2018 | Blog

      On May 11, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service released updates to the deductible and out-of-pocket maximum requirements applicable to calendar year 2019 for a plan to qualify as a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). As participants in qualified HDHPs are permitted to make contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA), updates to HSA limits have also been End excerpt

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    • 3 Essential Human Resources Competencies to Inspire the Modern HR Professional

      May 9, 2018 | Blog

      HR professionals truly face an ever-changing landscape. As the HR industry continues to thrive and broaden its reach, it is imperative that HR professionals focus on developing and building their skills to sustain a long and impressionable career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment of human resources specialists is expected to grow by End excerpt

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