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Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs — either as a medical claim or through a card system? If so, be sure to distribute your plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15.PurposeMedicare began offering “Part D” plans — optional prescription... [read full post]


Families First Coronavirus Response ActSince the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, new information and guidance has been released every few days, though still much slower than employers would like. We have summarized what we believe to be the most relevant new information below. We will continue to update the HR Support Center m... [read full post]


Question:Can we extend a new employee’s probationary period? They aren’t meeting expectations yet.Answer:You can extend an introductory period, but I would recommend a different approach. I’d also advise against using the word “probationary.” I’ll explain both points.Extending the Introductory PeriodFirst things first, be aware that having an int... [read full post]

IRS Releases Final 2019 ACA Reporting Forms and Instructions

Reporting Requirements Applicable large employers (ALEs), which generally are entities that employed 50 or more full-time and full-time-equivalent employees in the year before the reporting year, must report information about the health coverage they offered or did not offer to full-time employees. To meet this reporting requirement, the ALE furnishes Form ... [read full post]

IRS Extends Deadline for Employers to Furnish Forms 1095-C and 1095-B

On November 29, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date for employers to furnish 2018 Form 1095-C or 1095-B under the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirement. Employers will have an extra month to prepare and distribute the 2018 form to individuals. The due dates for filing forms with the IRS are not extended. Ba... [read full post]

Top 10 Policies You Need in Your Employee Handbook

We offer an employee handbook builder through ThinkHR.  Please let us know if you have any questions.Top 10 Policies You Need in Your Employee Handbook:At-will employment: You can destroy the at-will employment relationship through promises made in an employee handbook. Including this policy reinforces the at-will nature of employment. It should also state that the h... [read full post]

A DOL Audit Can Happen to You

Summary plan descriptions (SPDs) are required for all retirement, health, and welfare plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). However, misconceptions about this requirement are widespread. ERISA attorney Stacy H. Barrow, partner with Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP, had a chat with ThinkHR about the importance of having proper ERISA documentation... [read full post]

Employer Exchange Notices–No Changes Needed

Employers are required to give all new hires a Notice of Marketplace Coverage Options – often referred to as the Employer Exchange Notice. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides model notices that employers can download, customize, and distribute to workers. Although the model notices were scheduled to expire May 31, 2017, the DOL has now extended them withou... [read full post]

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2018

On May 4, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 announcing the annual inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2018. An HSA is a tax-exempt savings account employees can use to pay for qualified health expenses.To be eligible for an HSA, an employee:Must be covered by a qualified high deductible health ... [read full post]

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For instance, for a calendar-year... [read full post]

Embrace the Madness: March Madness Doesn’t Have to Zap Productivity

It’s called March Madness for a reason. With 64 basketball games played over three weeks, hours of air time, countless online commentaries and—the biggest cause of the madness—the bracket, it’s no wonder we’ve all heard that March Madness can kill productivity in the workplace.In fact, a study from Chicago-based global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., fo... [read full post]

How to get health insurance if you missed open enrollment

If you missed open enrollment for an individual plan and didn't sign up for health insurance by Jan. 31, 2016, you may have to wait until next year's open enrollment period, unless you have a life event that makes you eligible for a special enrollment or you qualify for Apple Health (Medicaid).   Such events include, but are not limited to: Losing hea... [read full post]