United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Implications of California’s AB 5 for I-9 for Managers and Employees in 2020

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 21, 2020 7:30:00 AM

I-9 compliance is fundamental for an HR team when onboarding new employees. Its primary function is to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. I-9 becomes more complicated with the new addition of California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which deals primarily with an employee’s hiring status. Under current federal immigration law, independent contractors do not have to be in compliance with I-9. However, with the addition of AB 5, if those contractors are classed as employees their path to compliance will change.

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Topics: employee vs independent contractor, HR Elements, 2020

CMS Releases SBC Materials for Plan Years Beginning 2021

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 16, 2020 7:46:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released SBC materials and supporting documents including a template SBC, sample completed SBC, uniform glossary, instructions, and guidance for plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2021. 

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Topics: Medicaid, SBC, CMS, Medicare coverage, compliance recap

Leading the Social Enterprise: Building a Culture of Community Experience

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 9, 2020 3:19:30 PM

If you’ve been considering developing a social responsibility plan for your company in 2020, now is the perfect time. Experts are predicting that the future of success for organizations lies in their ability to make a marked difference in their community — an initiative that is directly tied to boosting the bottom line.

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Topics: workplace culture, organizational management, Social Enterprise

IRS Releases Draft 2019 Instructions for Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jan 7, 2020 11:07:41 AM

The IRS released draft instructions for both the 1094-B and 1095-B forms and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms and the draft forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. There are no substantive changes in the forms or instructions between 2018 and 2019.

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Topics: compliance, IRS

How to Set SMART Goals

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2020 4:01:48 PM

It might not surprise you to learn that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned long before the spring daisies come up. This year, instead of ambiguous “resolutions,” consider SMART goals instead — especially if your resolutions are related to your health. These bite-sized, easily achievable goals are sure to keep you motivated all the way through spring, summer, and fall.

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Topics: wellness programs, healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, SMART Goals

Marketing a Modern Benefits Package

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 31, 2019 11:55:16 AM

Each year can bring new challenges for successfully implementing and marketing a modern employee benefits package. Participation is critical—without it, companies cannot offer the kind of benefit savings that they are expected to. Add this to the state of the “talent crisis” as it stands with the current job market, and your HR team has quite a tall order. There are many skill shortages in today’s labor market, which makes it easier for employees to jump from job to job in search of better compensation and benefits.

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Topics: employee benefits, HR Elements, benefits administration, 2020

DOL Releases Advance Copies of Form 5500 and Related Instructions for 2019

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 26, 2019 11:15:10 AM

The Department of Labor (DOL) released advance copies of Form 5500 Annual Return / Report (Form 5500) and related instructions for 2019.

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Topics: compliance, Form 5500, DOL

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective January 1, 2020

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 24, 2019 10:08:34 AM

For many employers, overtime is a tricky issue. Should you offer it to all employees? Only hourly employees? How much time should they work before they are eligible? Effective January 1, 2020, this will be decided for any employers struggling to classify overtime status. Last September, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final rule will reclassify employees across dozens of industries, though it will have the most impact on those falling below the newly designated salary threshold.

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Topics: DOL, FLSA, overtime, HR Elements

OCR and ONC Release HHS Security Risk Assessment Tool Version 3.1

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 19, 2019 8:47:00 AM

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have released version 3.1 of the HHS Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool.

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Topics: compliance recap, ONC, SRA

Boost Employee Health and Productivity with Regular Vision Care

Posted by: VSP Vision Care    Dec 17, 2019 9:16:00 AM

Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in the U.S. and can cause neuropathy, kidney disease, glaucoma, and cataracts.

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Topics: VSP Vision Care, vision care, VSP, work performance