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Potential ACA Impacts of the Tax Reform Bill

Information from our partner Cigna contributed to this email. On 12/2/17 the Senate passed an amended version of the House bill (passed on 11/16/17). Health Care Reform Affected by this Bill The Senate bill includes a permanent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate, beginning in 2019. The House bill did not have any provisions …

2018 Minimum Wage Increases: Impacted States and Details

Beginning on 12/31/17, minimum wage increases will affect many states across the country. As a reminder, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while the minimum wage for federal contractors in 2018 is $10.35 per hour. Important Note: Employers are subjected to paying a higher rate if state and local …

IRS Sets HDHPs & HSA Limits for 2018

The IRS has announced the annual Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits that will apply in 2018. Individual contributions are increasing from $3,400 to $3,450. Maximum contributions for family plans are increasing from $6,750 to $6,900. High deductible …

ACA Repeal and Replace Dead for 2017: What’s Next?

The Graham-Cassidy bill, which would have repealed and replaced components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expires on 9/30/17 without enough support for a vote by the Senate. The ACA Remains in Full Effect Continued compliance with the ACA is required at this time. We will continue to monitor any upcoming regulations affecting employers. Those components …

IRS Mileage Rates for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released its mileage allowances for 2017 for business, medical and moving. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016 17 cents per mile driven for …

Baltimore to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/Hour

At the time of this writing, the minimum wage in Maryland is $8.75 per hour and set to rise to $10.10 an hour by 2018. This rate applies to all businesses in the City of Baltimore with two or more employees. Based upon legislation passed in 2014, minimum wage will continue to increase to $9.25 in July 2017, and then …

Obamacare Replacement News

On 3/6/17, proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in the Senate. We understand that you will have many questions as to how this will affect your business. A quick snapshot of proposed changes are as follows: Both the employer and individual mandates to be eliminated This would also remove the penalties associated …

New USCIS M-274 Handbook Released: I-9 Guidance

The newly revised USCIS M-274 Handbook for Employers—Guidance for Completing Form I-9 is now available for download. This version, which published Jan. 22, 2017, replaces the previous version which was published on April 30, 2013. It reflects revisions to Form I-9, which was revised on Nov. 14, 2016. DOWNLOAD USCIS M-274 HANDBOOK The new 65-page …

FAR Privacy Training Required for Federal Contractors

Effective January 19th, 2017, the final FAR rule requires privacy training for federal contractors and any of their subcontract employees who handle personally identifiable information (PII). PII includes information that can be used to trace an individual’s identity such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, social security number, …

New Form I-9 Must be Utilized Starting January 22, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring all employers in the United States to use the new version of the Form I-9 exclusively by January 22, 2017 to conduct employment eligibility verification.  This new form was released in November 2016. Employers may continue using the current Form I-9 with a revision date of …

FLSA Overtime Rule On Hold

A federal judge in Texas has halted the DOL’s new federal overtime rule, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016 and would have raised the exempt salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. For now, the overtime rule will not take effect as planned December 1, 2016 but may still be implemented at a later date. Employers may …

Effective December 1, 2016 – DOL’s Overtime Final Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the Overtime Final Rule that updates the regulations determining which white-collar, salaried employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The rule increases the salary threshold below which most white-collar, salaried workers are entitled to overtime …

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Act Effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, employers may not discriminate against an employee in any occupation by paying wages to an employee of one sex or gender at a rate less than the rate paid to employees of another sex or gender if both employees work in the same establishment and perform comparable work.  The Maryland Equal Pay Act requires employers …

VETS 4212 and EEO-1 Reports Due Soon

This is a reminder that the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 Reports are due annually on September 30th Who is Required to Submit the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 report is a collection of workforce data from employers with 100 or more (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors) employees.  The EEO-1 report applies to employers with more than 100 employees or …
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