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By: Matt Ingold

February 27th, 2017

10 Ways to Prepare for a State Comptroller Payroll Audit

Compliance & Auditing | Payroll

While a necessary accountability measure, there are few things municipalities dread more than a visit from the State Comptroller. If unprepared, a routine audit can quickly monopolize the resources of already short-staffed town, village, and city administrative departments. So how can municipalities best prepare to for their next state comptroller audit? Auditor and Senior Examiner, William Naylor, of the NYS Comptroller’s Office shared a few insights at the 2017 New York Towns Conference.

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By: Matt Ingold

July 21st, 2016

Quick Tips to Administering NY Paid Family Leave

Compliance & Auditing | Healthcare Compliance

We have some time between now and the effective date of NY Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA) in January of 2018. Indeed a lot can happen in 18 months that may impact our plans for administering NY Paid Family Leave, but probably not enough to justify postponing our preparation strategy for administering this new benefit. In this blog I'll be covering some key considerations when building your process for administering Paid Family Leave. Of note, PFLA shares some similarities with FMLA, but is by no means a carbon copy.

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By: Matt Ingold

July 18th, 2016

What Should You Do With ACA Subsidy Notices?

Compliance & Auditing | Affordable Care Act | Obamacare

In June of 2016, the IRS began delivering their backlog of subsidy notices to employers. The notices informed Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) when an employee who might have been eligible for employer-sponsored health coverage enrolled in health coverage through a state or federal marketplace AND received an Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC) and Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR). Notices were automatic computerized mailings triggered by the employee’s enrollment. Immediately, the floodgates of questions opened: “What should I do if I receive an ACA subsidy notice?” “Is there a penalty associated with an employee ACA subsidy notice?” “How do I appeal an employee ACA subsidy notification?” All great questions, but let’s start with a little note of reassurance. Receiving an Affordable Care Act Subsidy Notice does not automatically mean that you are subject to an ACA penalty. That being said, don’t just toss them into the junk-mail box—there are some decisions to make, and they may involve a lawyer. Take the following into consideration in determining the appropriate response to an ACA subsidy notification.

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By: Matt Ingold

July 7th, 2016

How has the EEOC Ruling Impacted Wellness Incentives?

Compliance & Auditing | Wellness | Healthcare Compliance

In May of 2016, the EEOC published final versions of rules pertaining to employer wellness plan compliance. The updates addressed: Incentive caps for wellness plans that require employees to disclose biometric information (BMI) Incentive caps for wellness plans that require BMI from employee’s spouses who participate in voluntary plans So, why the change? The intent of the regulation was to provide employers with a common standard for which to measure the compliance of their wellness plans. Prior to the regulatory update, it was possible for employer wellness programs to be in compliance with the ACA, yet violating the ADA. The regulation goes into effect in 2017 of the renewal month of employer-sponsored coverage (plans renewing in July do not need to be in compliance until July of 2017). So what do you need to know?

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3 Most Common Mistake Employers Make When Offering Benefits

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

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By: Matt Ingold

June 22nd, 2016

Why FMLA Outsourcing Can’t Merely be Technology Resourcing

Compliance & Auditing | HRIS | FMLA

Today’s HR technology is allowing employers to achieve incredible economies in labor costs, productivity, and compliance management. That being said, technology resourcing will always reach its limits, and there enters the subject-matter-expert.

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By: Matt Ingold

June 10th, 2016

Understanding Part IV of the 1094-C

Compliance & Auditing

Understanding Part IV of the 1094-C, how the IRS will be using the information therein, and who is required to complete it are all essential elements of ensuring your 1094-C is filed correctly. In this blog we will be answering the following questions: 1. Who is required to complete Part IV of the 1094-C? 2. How will the IRS be using the information in Part IV of the 1094-C? 3. What information will employers need to complete Part IV of the 1094-C? Here's the good news: it's simpler than you think. Information herein has been drawn from irs.gov. 

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By: Matt Ingold

May 17th, 2016

Steps to Reducing Overtime Costs Amidst the DOL's Overtime Overhaul

Compliance & Auditing | Reducing Overtime | Time Management

  (2 minute read) Overtime reclassification is going to hit employers with some significant compliance costs in the first year. The DOL speculates that employers will spend $592.7 million to comply with the pending regulatory update. And that is before factoring administrative costs for managing overtime and tracking employee time.

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By: Matt Ingold

July 13th, 2015

Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 Doubles Obamacare Penalties Overnight

Compliance & Auditing

Four days after King v. Burwell sealed the deal for Applicable Large Employers in 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. With its passing, Affordable Care Act fiscal penalties doubled overnight.

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Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.

Before you leave...

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.