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Visualizing the ACA

We’ve been pushing out a lot of content around the ACA lately, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the history in one consolidated place. This roadmap of the ACA timeline traces the reform from 2010 and leads into the future of 2018. We describe 4...

Trends in Health Data (with podcast)

Recently, we hosted a networking event to bring together HR professionals across the Bay Area. Nestled in a beautiful room at the San Francisco Four Seasons, we shared great food, great company, and gleaned some great nuggets of wisdom as well, not only from each...

Uncoiling COBRA

Employer-provided health plans are meant to cover the medical needs of workers and their dependents, and it is often one of the most important benefits provided by a company. However, what happens when the employee is no longer with the employer? Among other things,...

Increase in ACA Reporting Penalties

The recently signed Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 increased the penalties associated with the failure to file or furnish correct information returns and payee statements. These information returns include the new Forms 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C,...

Choose Your Own Adventure: ACA Edition

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) can create a tangled web out of your decision-making process for your company’s employee benefits package. Not quite sure how to navigate it? Check out this sweet infographic to find the solution that best suits your situation!...

Alternatives to ACA Small Group Plans

One aspect of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, that will impact mid-sized businesses the most in 2016 is the “reclassification” of small employers to include not only businesses with less than 50 employees, but also those with 51 to 100 employees. Where companies of...

{Updated} California Paid Sick Leave Law

Updated 7/16/2015 On 7/13/15, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 304, which amended several vague areas of the current California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act. Below is a summary of the significant amendments: Unlimited Paid Sick Leave or PTO Policies...

Who pays for 401(k) plan fees?

There has been a lot of buzz around investment management fees lately, even in the 401(k) plan space. The mantra of the day—“The lower the investment fees, the better the return.” However, like sponsoring any benefit, there are fees associated with the administration...

A Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage

On 6/26/2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that statewide prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. Therefore, all states must now allow...