United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

IRS Releases 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Limits

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 17, 2019 2:13:54 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its inflation-adjusted limits for various benefits. For example, the maximum contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) will be $2,700 in 2019. Also, the maximum reimbursement limit in 2019 for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements will be $5,150 for single coverage and $10,450 for family coverage.

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Topics: inflation, IRS

Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 15, 2019 3:06:55 PM

While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon.

Here are a few trends and some potential takeaways for employers.

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Topics: Generation Z, Generational Differences, Society for Human Resource Management

IRS Releases Indexed PCORI Fee

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 10, 2019 1:00:00 PM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on insurers of certain fully insured plans and plan sponsors of certain self-funded plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The PCORI fee is due by July 31 of the year following the calendar year in which the plan or policy year ends.

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Topics: IRS, PCORI Fee, ACA

Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 8, 2019 2:20:03 PM

While the last two decades witnessed a steady rise in pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there is good news out there for working families.

Many companies are opting to create innovative and forward-thinking ways to support working parents and, in some cases, companies are blazing the trail ahead of state or federal legislation. There is no mandated federal parental-leave policy to follow, so many employers are opting to craft their own, according to HR Executive.

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Topics: Working Parents, EEOC, family planning

Top 5 Blogs of 2018

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM

As 2018 wraps up and we move into 2019, we wanted to recap some of the most popular posts we shared this year.

In everything from compliance updates to human resources news, UBA stays on top of the latest trends, new regulations, and hot-button issues in the industry so we can share knowledge about the benefits industry.

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Topics: benefits compliance, voluntary benefits, IRS, fringe benefits, retirement planning

Treasury, DOL, and HHS Release Two Final Rules on Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 27, 2018 1:30:46 PM

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department  of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released two final rules on contraceptive coverage exemptions. These rules finalize the Departments’ interim final rules that were published on October 13, 2017. HHS also issued a press release and fact sheet on these final rules.

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Topics: Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, contraception coverage

IRS Issues Specifications for Employer-Provided Substitute ACA Forms

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 20, 2018 12:52:11 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Publication 5223 General Rules and Specifications for Affordable Care Act Substitute Forms 1095-A, 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C that describes how employers may prepare substitute forms to furnish ACA reporting information to individuals and the IRS.

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Topics: compliance recap, IRS Form 1094, IRS Form 1095, IRS reporting

Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 18, 2018 12:46:46 PM

In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can’t write a check for a full year’s tuition, student loans are one way to finance that attractive education. Students loans are often touted as “good debt,” worthwhile money spent that, with low interest rates and career advances, can improve credit and long-term earning prospects.

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Topics: student loan, debt, HR Elements, recruitment, talent retention

Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 13, 2018 1:09:20 PM

Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in their roles as employers. As budgets are being made and communications planned for 2019, there are steps big and small you can take to make employer branding a priority for your team in the new year.

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Topics: Branding, Employer Branding, recruiting, talent retention, company culture, Job Interviews

IRS Extends Due Date to Furnish ACA Forms to Participants and Provides Good Faith Penalty Relief

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 11, 2018 1:12:23 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date to furnish 2018 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals. The due date moves from January 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019.

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Topics: Form 1095-B, Form 1095-C, extended, compliance recap