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IRS Prepares to Levy 2015 ACA Penalties

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) remains on the books. And, in a significant new development, the IRS is poised to begin levying penalties on employers, under the ACA’s employer mandate, for 2015. These penalties may be significant and it we cannot anticipate any “relief” reaching back to 2015.

Tax Cut and Jobs Act: A Benefits Perspective

The proposed Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) has generated a number of big stories with big numbers, such as $1.5 trillion to lower individual tax rates and $1.5 trillion to lower corporate tax rates. But, also lurking in the 430-page draft, are many important “smaller” provisions that will affect the HR world.

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Vanner Benefits, Vanner Perspectives|Tags: , , , , |

ACA Update: Executive Order

President Trump has issued an executive order to encourage the use of alternative health coverages. The order seeks to expand the use of association health plans, short-term limited health coverage and health reimbursement accounts. The order could, over time, shake up health insurance markets – but, buyer beware.

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Vanner Benefits|Tags: , , |

ACA Update: Coverage’s Outside of ACA Exchange and Cost Sharing

ACA Update   The past few weeks have been a wild ride in the U.S. health insurance marketplace, with new regulations, executive orders, and administrative pronouncements coming at a furious pace. In effect, in lieu of passing health care legislation, the Trump Administration seems to be doing everything possible to unravel the Affordable Care Act [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Compliance Corner, Vanner Benefits|

New York State Paid Family Leave FAQ’s

During the July 13th & 27th NYS Paid Family Leave seminars, we received numerous questions that needed further clarification. Below are the questions and answers received from either the carriers or our ERISA attorney. 1. Can a 66-year-old employee (actively at work) who is collecting SSI take PFL? The employee should file to be exempt [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Vanner Benefits|

OSHA Signals Intention to Delay Electronic Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting rule requires certain establishments to report information electronically from their OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. The rule also requires OSHA to create a website that can be used to submit the required information. Under the rule, the first reports are due by July 1, 2017. [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Vanner Benefits|