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Final ACA Market Reform Rules Issued

November 15, 2015

On Nov. 18, 2015, the Departments issued final regulations addressing a number of the ACA’s market reform requirements to be effective 1/1/17. The final rules address market reforms such as lifetime and annual limits, dependent coverage up to age 26 and patient protections. This Health Care Reform Bulletin provides an overview of the final regulations. …

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Health Care Reform: 2016 Compliance Checklist

November 8, 2015

Although many key reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective in 2014 and 2015, additional reforms will become effective in 2016 for employers sponsoring group health plans. To prepare for 2016, employers should review upcoming requirements and develop a compliance strategy. See this checklist for further details.

Overtime Wage Payment Rule On Hold!

November 1, 2015

Federal Court Strikes Down 2016 Overtime Rule – U.S. Federal District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant issued a ruling striking down an Obama Administration regulation on overtime pay. This rule would’ve doubled the FLSA’s salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Check out our bulletin (PDF) for details.

The Latest On the ACA

March 1, 2015

New Exchange Special Enrollment Periods for 2015 New Guidance and Relief for Employer Payment of Individual Premiums

HSA Limits Announced for 2016

February 1, 2015

IRS Releases health savings account (HSA) limits for 2016 to adjust for inflation. Contact TRG for details on the adjusted limits and how an HSA may benefit your business.

GreenLight Pitch Competition a Success!

January 1, 2015

Winners selected in the Blue Water area’s first GreenLight Pitch Competition finals (a competition created to encourage entrepreneurship): Grand prize winner SroundMe – a mobile media sharing application built upon geofencing technology; 2nd place winner ManeScene.com, Inc. – a web-based salon tool where salons, stylists and clients can maintain and establish new relationships; 3rd place …

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Tax Forms & Affordable Care Act

January 1, 2015

Check out this blog on filling out tax forms if you have minimum essential health coverage or if you received a subsidy.

GreenLight Pitch Competition in Port Huron

December 1, 2014

Blue Water area’s first GreenLight Pitch Competition finals, a competition created to encourage entrepreneurship, are set for Dec. 9 at St. Clair County Community College Fine Arts Theatre building. The 10 finalists will pitch their business models at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at TechPort, 208 Huron Ave. Winners will be announced at …

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Open Enrollment Checklist

October 1, 2014

Open enrollment can be a challenging time for HR staff. Take a moment to review this document (PDF) for the steps necessary to ensure a smooth implementation. For a more detailed checklist that will ensure you are in compliance with changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), please contact us at robbinsgroup@robbinsgroup.com.

COBRA Notices and Marketplace Enrollment Period

June 8, 2014

The federal regulatory agencies issued a bulletin announcing an extended special enrollment period for individuals currently enrolled in (or eligible for) COBRA. The special enrollment opportunity gives eligible individuals until July 1, 2014 to enroll in Marketplace coverage. In order to encourage COBRA beneficiaries to consider Marketplace coverage as an alternative to COBRA, employers may …

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