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Should We Have A Retirement Committee

If you are an employer or employee who has decision-making authority over your company’s retirement plan, there is a strong chance that you are a 401(k) plan fiduciary.  You have a legal obligation to operate the plan solely in the interests of the plan participants (people with retirement account balances) and their beneficiaries (people who may inherit those retirement account balances).  Additionally, two other primary responsibilities are to manage the plan for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits and paying reasonable plan expenses. Many HR representatives, Controllers, CEOs, CFOs, and Presidents are unfamiliar with the significant amount of liability to which...

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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 first step when determining an employee’s overtime compensation. Under the FLSA, an employee’s regular rate includes all forms of compensation paid to that employee in a workweek. The final rule clarifies what qualifies as compensation. The DOL’s stated objective with this rule is to provide more certainty for employers that offer additional perks to their employees, but aren’t sure...

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Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

The federal spending bill signed into law at the end of 2019 repealed three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Cadillac tax The medical devices excise tax The health insurance providers fee The Cadillac Tax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 tax on high-cost group health coverage. Its effective date was previously delayed several times. This tax is now fully repealed, beginning with the 2020 tax year. The Medical Devices Excise Tax The medical devices tax is a 2.3% excise tax on the sales price of certain medical devices. This tax is fully repealed beginning in 2020. Health Insurance Providers...

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PCORI Fees Extended for 10 Years

The same spending bill that repealed the Cadillac tax, the medical devices excise tax and the health insurance providers fee reinstated the annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees for the 2020-2029 fiscal years. As a result, specified health insurance policies and applicable self-insured health plans must continue to pay these fees through 2029. What Are the PCORI Fees? The PCORI fees were created to help patients, clinicians, payers and the public make informed health decisions by advancing comparative effectiveness research. Fees paid by health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured health plans fund the institute’s research, in part. Who Must Pay the PCORI...

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Section 6056 Employer Reporting Guide

Section 6056 reporting is the required reporting to the IRS of information relating to offers of health insurance coverage by employers that sponsor group health plans. A statement disclosing information about the offer of coverage must also be furnished to full-time employees. This guide is intended to provide information for employers on the Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 6056 reporting requirements. Topics covered in this guide include: Applicable large employers (ALEs) that are responsible for reporting under Section 6056 The forms that are used to accomplish the Section 6056 reporting The information an ALE must provide to its full-time employees and...

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Background Information Regarding Section 6056

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created reporting requirements under Code Sections 6055 and 6056. Under these rules, certain employers must provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they offer (or do not offer) or provide to their employees. Each reporting entity must annually file all of the following with the IRS: A separate statement (Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C) for each individual who is provided with minimum essential coverage (for providers reporting under Section 6055), or for each full-time employee (for ALEs reporting under Section 6056); and A transmittal form (Form 1094-B or Form 1094-C) for all...

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Final Forms for 2019 ACA Reporting Released – Upcoming Deadlines

Highlights Final forms and instructions for 2019 reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 are now available. These forms and instructions are substantially similar to the 2018 versions. Section 6055 reporting continues to be required, although limited penalty relief is available. SIMA provides employers with a comprehensive guide to Section 6056 reporting.  For more information click here. SIMA will file client forms for a $75 fee, plus $20 per form completed on the client's behalf. Contact SIMA at benefits@simafinancialgroup.com for more information. Details On Dec. 9, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final 2019 forms and instructions for reporting under Internal...

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Wellness 101 – What is a Company Wellness Program?

A wellness program is an organized program intended to assist employees and family members in making voluntary behavior changes that reduce their health risks and enhance their individual productivity. Wellness programs vary widely in design and may offer opportunities or incentives for improving health and wellness, such as increasing fitness, losing weight, managing chronic health conditions or quitting smoking. Why Offer a Wellness Program? Investing in a wellness program may save money over time by reducing health care costs. Plan sponsors will have to determine whether the value expected to be derived from offering a wellness program is worth the cost. Depending...

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Choosing the Right Wellness Program

According to a RAND survey, approximately half of U.S. employers with 50 or more employees sponsor some type of workplace wellness program. As the issues of rising health care costs and increased absenteeism due to health problems grow, wellness programs are an effective method of improving employee health and morale, decreasing health-related costs for employers. In order to reach improved levels of employee health and a good return on investment (ROI), you need to choose the right wellness program for your company. Success is dependent on both employee engagement and support from all levels of management. To choose the right program,...

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Four Tips to Boost Your Employees’ Retirement Outlook

As many employees look ahead to retirement, 47% of workers feel somewhat confident that they’ll have enough money saved to retire on time and then live comfortably.1 However, forward-thinking employers have the ability to help their employees work toward a confident and happy retirement. According to the 2018 Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), only 17% of American workers feel very confident in their ability to live comfortably in retirement.  Additionally, their 28th annual survey found that another 47% of workers feel somewhat confident about living comfortably in retirement. That means that over 64% of Americans...

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