Tri-Agency Proposed Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements | Employee Benefit Consultants

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) released their proposed rule regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans. The DOL also issued a news release and fact sheet on the proposed rule. The proposed rule’s goal is to … Continued

PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | Insurance Benefits Consultants

On November 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-85 to announce that the health plan Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be $2.45 per plan participant. This is an increase from the prior year’s fee of $2.39 due to … Continued

OSHA’s Top 10 2018 Violations | Insurance Consultants

OSHA released a preliminary list of its top 10 cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) last week at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OHSA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list, encouraging employers to use it as … Continued

Be the Boss You Want to See in the World | Benefit Advisors Agency

An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren’t always the ones that make someone an effective leader. Instead, efficacy can be traced to ethicality. Here are a few tips to be an ethical leader. Humility tops charisma A little charisma goes a long way. Too … Continued

Ask the Experts: Mandatory Flu Shots | Employee Benefit Advisors

Question: Can we require our employees to get flu shots? Answer: While there is no law that prohibits employers from mandating flu shots — and in some states, the law requires all healthcare workers to get flu shots — you should carefully determine if the benefits to your business outweigh the risks. There has been … Continued

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Employee Benefits Consultants

We have entered Open Enrollment season and that means you and everyone in your office are probably reading through enrollment guides and trying to decipher it all. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your … Continued

Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent | Employee Benefits Advisors

Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived. If you’re working at a company, rather than being one … Continued

Chris Schneeman Attends Million Dollar Round Table | Employee Benefits Firm

SevenHills Cleveland’s Chris Schneeman attended the Million Dollar Round Table   (MDRT) “Top of the Table” conference in Kauai, HI this week. A highlight of the event was meeting Dr. Rick Rigsby and hearing him deliver a powerful message about living a life that “makes an impact, not just an impression.” We at SevenHills Cleveland want … Continued

Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020 | Employee Benefits Partners

When will the new Form W-4 be released? In 2020, according to a press release published by the Treasury Department on September 20, 2018. The department announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued work to refine the new approach for the … Continued