New ACA Affordability Percentage and Penalty rates for 2020 are Here! While changes have been made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers still must comply with the basics of the law. Including offering affordable coverage (employers with more than 50 full-time or equivalent employees) to all full-time employees. In this article, we’ll discuss the […]
Health Insurance Audits, Corrections and COBRA – Oh My!
Monthly audits of your health insurance bills can avoid lawsuits and COBRA penalties. The new year has started and one of the projects you’ve been given is to audit your health insurance plans to make sure the bills are accurate. After you begin to compare your records against the insurance company records, you discover three […]
Happy Holidays from BCL HR Helper!
This is the time of year where we gather with family and friends to share the joys of just being. May you all have a wonderful and joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year! In the meantime, we’d like to share a video to help you get into the holiday mood! From our staff […]
Affordable Care Act Ruled Unconstitutional – Now What?
How Should Employer’s Respond? Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. This announcement during the Marketplace open enrollment period has created questions for employers and employees alike. As a result, it has also reignited the discussion over healthcare in the country. Even though the ACA reformed […]
Tis the Season for-ACHOO-Handling the Flu Season at Work
Ways to minimize the impact of this year’s flu at the office. The flu season is the time of year when the sound of coughing or sneezing can send a definite chill through the office. In today’s fast paced work environment, the last thing you want to see is one of your employees sitting at […]
As the Seasons Change, so May the Michigan Paid Sick Leave Law
New bills introduced to change the recently passed Earned Sick Time Act On September 11, 2018 the state of Michigan joined ten other states to add a mandatory paid sick leave law. The Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA) follows a similar pattern to other paid sick leave laws. However, it takes things further than most […]
Pass the Turkey and the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights
New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights is due soon! If you employ people in New Jersey, you will have a new Earned Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights requirement that must be delivered no later than November 29, 2018. New Jersey has become the tenth state to pass a statewide paid sick […]
PCORI Fee is Announced by the IRS for the Final Time
For policy plan years beginning after September 30, 2018 and ending before October 1, 2019 the PCORI fee will be $2.45. This will be the final plan year that the fees must be collected. What is it? The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORI) was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The fees pay […]