Trump Signs Executive Order Compelling Disclosure of Health Care Prices

Trump Signs Executive Order Compelling Disclosure of Health Care Prices

By Stephanie Armour and Anna Wilde Mathews Updated June 24, 2019 5:25 pm ET President Trump on Monday pushed for greater price disclosure in health care, signing an executive order that could make thousands of hospitals expose more pricing information and require doctors, health clinics and o...
4 Things to Know Before Buying Life Insurance

4 Things to Know Before Buying Life Insurance

Photo by Pexels Life insurance. It’s the kind of thing that no one wants to talk about, yet everyone needs to think about. That’s partly because, in many ways, talking about life insurance is talking about our own mortality. And that makes most people a bit uncomfortable. However, making sure...
New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

New Law Currently in Effect As a result of a new law, New York employers must provide 3 hours of paid voting leave to their employees for any election. Additionally, employees must notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 working days before Election Day. Previously, e...
Can Employees Decline FMLA Leave While Using Paid Time Off?

Can Employees Decline FMLA Leave While Using Paid Time Off?

By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP April 2, 2019 DOL opinion letter says no, but an appellate court ruled otherwise Once an employer knows that a leave of absence qualifies under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it must designate it as such, even if the employee wants to first exhaust ...
Recent ACA Developments

Recent ACA Developments

Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rule DOL Rule Called ‘End-Run’ Around Affordable Care Act A federal judge has ruled that two parts of the Department of Labor (DOL) rule expanding employers’ ability to join in association health plans (AHPs) violate ERISA. AHPs are group health plans sp...
Important Deadlines and Reminders for 2019

Important Deadlines and Reminders for 2019

DOL Releases New Model Employer CHIP Notice Notice Information Current as of January 31, 2019 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of January 31, 2019. As a reminder, employers that provide health insurance coverage in states...
Important Dates for 2019

Important Dates for 2019

See the upcoming deadlines for CHIP Notices, OSHA and CMS reporting, along with mandated sexual harassment training for New York employers.  
End of year updates

End of year updates

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increased for 2019 401(k) Contribution Limit Increased to $19,000 The IRS has announced that the amounts employees can contribute to 401(k)s and IRAs will increase in 2019. In particular: The employee contribution limit for 401(k) plans will be $19,000, up from...
How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

Photo via Pixabay by Almadrava | Article by Guest Author June Duncan   How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs Planning for and anticipating what your long-term care needs will be isn’t easy; no one knows what their health will be like five or 10 years from now. It can be stres...