Supreme Court Declines to Expedite ACA Case

Supreme Court Declines to Expedite ACA Case

The United States Supreme Court denied motions to expedite consideration of Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. This decision follows a federal appeals court ruling that the individual...
HHS Increases Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations

HHS Increases Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published a final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties for violations of laws enforced by HHS, including the HIPAA privacy and security rules. HHS is required to adjust these penalties for inflation...
DOL Updates Regular Rate of Pay Rules

DOL Updates Regular Rate of Pay Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced a new final rule that clarifies how to calculate an employee’s regular wage rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule became effective on Jan. 15, 2020. Calculating the regular rate is an essential...
Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

The federal spending bill signed into law at the end of 2019 repealed three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): • The Cadillac tax • The medical devices excise tax • The health insurance providers fee The Cadillac Tax The Cadillac tax is a 40% excise...
IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2020

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2020

HIGHLIGHTS The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for employee benefit plans. Many of these limits will increase for 2020. In 2020, employees may contribute more money to their HSAs, health FSAs and 401(k) accounts. OVERVIEW Many...
What is Well-Being?

What is Well-Being?

In our health- and fitness-focused culture, it can be easy to lose sight of what well-being really encompasses. At its most basic, well-being refers to feeling good and living both safely and healthily. It refers to wellness in all aspects of life, including, but not...
Dogs in the Workplace

Dogs in the Workplace

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 9 percent of U.S. employers allow their employees to bring their dogs to work every day. With this trend on the rise, many employers are wondering if allowing dogs into their workplace is right for...
Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

In addition to boosting your social well-being, volunteering can make you feel physically stronger, increase mental sharpness, aid in reducing stress and even help you live longer. Despite these proven positive effects, only 1 in 4 Americans regularly volunteer,...