United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Treasury, DOL, and HHS Issue FAQs on Enforcement of Final 2020 Benefit and Parameters Rule

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Sep 6, 2019 3:52:44 PM

On August 26, 2019, the Treasury, Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) issued FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 40 (FAQs) regarding enforcement of the final rule.

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Topics: HHS, DOL, compliance recap

Fighting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 4, 2019 5:39:06 PM

We are all familiar with overt biases in the workplace. From off-color jokes to discriminatory hiring practices, the experience of conscious bias is an unfortunate reality for many women and men at all levels of corporate hierarchy.

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Topics: HR Elements, Unconscious Bias, Proactive Training, implicit bias

IRS Releases the Indexed 2020 Affordability Percentage

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Aug 28, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The IRS released Notice 2019-29 that adjusts the affordability percentage for 2020.

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Topics: IRS, Internal Revenue Service, compliance recap

Going Beyond Rainbows

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As summer comes to an end, let’s take a closer look at the nuances of 2019’s pride month. This year, a global conversation around pride-washing or rainbow washing — the practice of businesses making nods to LGBTQIA+ inclusion through marketing efforts or rainbow-infused temporary products but not through actions and policies — also took place.

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Topics: HR Elements, diversity

IRS Expands Benefits That Can Be Provided Before HDHP Annual Minimum Deductible Is Met

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Aug 20, 2019 8:30:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a notice, effective on July 17, 2019, that expanded the list of preventive care benefits that a high deductible health plan (HDHP) can provide without a deductible or with a deductible below the annual minimum deductible.

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Topics: Internal Revenue Service, compliance recap

All About Bravery

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 16, 2019 1:15:00 PM

Were you one of the lucky ones to catch Brené Brown’s keynote at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference? If not, don’t worry. Many HR publications took notes on what this five-time best-selling author, whose most recent TED Talk has 41 million views and climbing, had to say.

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Topics: leadership, Society for Human Resource Management, HR Elements

USPSTF Issues a Final Recommendation Giving PrEP an “A” Rating

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Aug 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a final recommendation that gives an “A” rating to preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment. This means that the USPSTF recommends offering PrEP with effective antiretroviral therapy to people at high risk of HIV acquisition.

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Topics: compliance, HR compliance, compliance recap

The “Official” Lowdown on Physical Activity

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 8, 2019 12:25:56 PM

You can read fitness magazines or online blogs, get tips from friends and neighbors, or make up your own rules and regimens for staying active. But when the federal government speaks, you should probably listen.

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Topics: wellness

Offboarding is Important

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 30, 2019 1:26:54 PM

Why does quality offboarding matter so much? After all, someone is leaving your company, not joining it. The reasons lie in shifting employee lifecycles, modern recruitment, and a need to reflect company values at all personnel touch points — especially in a tight labor market.

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Topics: employee satisfaction, HR policies and procedures, offboarding

DOL, HHS, and Treasury Publish Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Jul 25, 2019 1:04:44 PM

On June 20, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) (collectively, the Departments) published their final rules regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans. The DOL also issued a news release, frequently asked questions, model notice, and model attestations.

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Topics: Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, health reimbursement arrangements