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Come Through (or Welcome to our blog!)

The following confession may not seem like a big revelation, and it may not impart any life-changing nuggets of wisdom on you as a reader of our newly-minted blog.  Still, I thought disclosing this little fact would be the best way to introduce this blog, as well as...

Practices Prohibited by New ACA Regulations

What practices are prohibited by the new ACA regulations?  Stand-alone Reimbursement Arrangements practices and “Marketplace Dumping” have been deemed out of compliance by new ACA regulations. The DOL and IRS have explicitly prohibited these two practices:...

Employer Reporting – IRC Sections 6055 and 6056

What information needs to be reported?  You will need to provide the IRS with details on the classification of your company, types of coverage offered, individuals covered, and other pieces of information as requested on the applicable forms. Who will be affected by...

Play or Pay Mandate

What is the Play or Pay Mandate?  The Play or Pay Mandate, which became effective this year on 1/1/2015, requires all Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) to offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees and their dependents or pay a penalty. Are there...

W-2 Reporting – Cost of Coverage

What is this W-2 reporting requirement? Cost of employee health coverage must be reported if your company filed 250 or more W-2 forms in 2014 (W-2s for the 2013 year). What information does this report need to contain? You will need to provide the amounts paid by both...

California Paid Sick Leave Law

What is the Paid Sick Leave Law? In September 2014, California passed a law called the Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Act, also known as the Paid Sick Leave Law, that requires California employer’s to provide employees with 1 hour of sick leave for every 30...

Federal Subsidies “King v. Burwell” Case Update

What is the significance of the King v. Burwell case? The outcome of this case will determine if individuals purchasing insurance in the federal healthcare marketplaces will be eligible to receive subsidies and tax credits. When will a decision be reached? The Supreme...

New Year, New Personal Budget

Let’s be real—budgets are like diets. They sound like a good idea for a week or two, and then it’s a slippery slope… but with the new year upon us, it really is an ideal time to take an hour or two and set yourself on a stellar path to Savingsville...

High Tech In Fashion

Wearable technology is primarily designed from an engineering perspective. We can choose between wearable bands or sleek watches with big faces that sync to a smartphone and collect health data. While the smart watch options are plenty, the fashion statements made...

401(k)?  More like 401(yay)!

You just got a great job that pays well and offers the kinds of health benefits that your mom would be happy about.  The company refrigerator is fully stocked and your calendar is already peppered with happy hours for the foreseeable future. Life is pretty good....