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Get to Know the ACA’s Rule of Parity

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3 minute read. Without the proper tools or subject matter expertise, tackling the responsibilities of the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate on your own can be overwhelming. .

Wage Fixing Indictment Has Implications for Employers

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3 minute read: A recent federal wage-fixing indictment against the former owner of a health care staffing company indicates that the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is taking a closer look at the competition in labor markets.


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Workforce Changes Now Will Affect ACA Reporting Later

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3 minute read: Several weeks into quarantine and social distancing, many are wondering when the country will reopen. As of April 20, 42 states had placed shelter in place orders. Roughly 316 million Americans are being affected by the orders and many of those are experiencing a varying degree of change regarding their employment status. While some states have begun to lift those restrictions, the process of rebuilding the economy will be long and arduous.

Workforce Management, ACA Compliance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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13 minute read: Compliance with the various employer provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be complicated under normal employment conditions. As employers face the incredibly difficult business climate created by the COVID-19 Pandemic and use the various workforce management tools at their disposal to keep their businesses alive during this crisis, it is important to understand how this may affect your current and ongoing ACA compliance.

The 2021 Global Employee Survey

In our third annual survey of employee sentiment regarding working on a global team, we analyzed results from 1,250 employees from 15 countries. We look at perception of their company, intention to stay in their role, and overall job satisfaction.

ACA Looks Strong Heading into 2022 Open Enrollment

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The ACA is receiving some of the highest approval ratings since it was first signed into law in 2010. According to a June poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) , 53% of American adults are in favor of the ACA and only 35% find the law unfavorable.

Returning to Work: Rehiring Employees After COVID-19 and the Impact on ACA Compliance

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4 minute read: As states begin to relax their stay at home orders and businesses look to reopen post COVID-19 Pandemic, Employers should start thinking about how bringing back furloughed or temporarily laid off employees affects their ongoing ACA compliance obligations.

Insights in ACA Compliance during the Pandemic

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3 minute read: As employers across the country continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and work to comply with various state or local stay at home orders to combat the spread of the disease, employers have also been bombarded with information regarding the various workforce management tools at their disposal to keep their businesses alive during this crises.

What You Need to Know: ACA Rule of Parity, COVID-19 Pandemic and Temporary Layoffs

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4 minute read: The Coronavirus (Covid-19) is putting a strain on all aspects of life in the United States right now. For businesses, they are struggling with closures, decreased demand, work from home policies, furloughs, reduced hours, temporary layoffs and more.

These Industries Are at Risk for ACA Penalties from the IRS

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3 minute read: The home health care, staffing, restaurant and construction industries are under fire from the IRS for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Companies within these industries have been shocked to receive ACA penalty notices from the IRS that they are in the millions of dollars. Of course, all types of organizations – school districts, municipal governments, non-profits, other industries – are receiving IRS penalty notices.

A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

Training companies have an opportunity to embrace the change and create meaningful change in their organizations by moving online. Discover the advantages of a digital-first approach, using an eLearning platform.

ACA Penalty Amounts for 2022 Tax Year Surface

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The IRS recently announced the ACA affordability percentage for the 2022 tax year and with that information comes speculation around the Employer Mandate’s IRC Section 4980H(a) and (b) penalty amounts for the 2022 tax year.

IRS Releases Further Guidance on COBRA Continuation Coverage

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The IRS recently issued a notice that further clarifies the usage of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage as amended via the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Health Carriers Are Benefiting From The ACA

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Several health carriers are experiencing growth because of the recent Affordable Care Act advancements. Most notably is CVS Health Corp. and its affiliated health insurance business, Aetna.

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CMS Proposed Rule to Provide Greater Access to ACA Coverage

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The Biden administration is yet again making strides to bolster the Affordable Care Act. This time, it’s through a proposed rule that aims to strengthen the ACA’s federal and state health exchanges.

Innovative HR Tech to Tackle New Compliance Challenges

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Prepare for New COVID Regulations & I-9 Reconciliation with our November 17th Webinar HR teams already juggle compliance standards for many governing bodies, but two important policy changes are creating new headaches for businesses around the country. Between the DHA requiring reconciliation of virtually-inspected I-9s and OSHA recommending organizations of 100+ collect and maintain vaccination and/or testing records, many employers are scrambling to build systems to comply with these new standards.

The Affordable Care Act, and Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore It [UPDATE]

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5 minute read: It’s always interesting to look back and see how the contours of a law changes in time. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no exception. I wrote a five-part series about the ACA for “Construction Business Owners Magazine” in 2015. I found it interesting to revisit these articles. I share this first article in that series, with some updates, to provide some perspective on the ACA for those of you who are involved with ACA compliance.

Employers Must Now Do More To Contest ACA Penalties From the IRS

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It’s no surprise that the IRS is increasing its enforcement efforts of the ACA’s Employer Mandate, but the amended Letter 226J language indicates that the agency is taking it to the next level by asking employers to prove their offers of coverage are affordable.

Understanding ACA Compliance And Utilizing Staffing Firms

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By now it should come as no surprise that maintaining ACA compliance is a confusing and at times difficult task. We know the basics: Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) with 50 or more full-time (FT) employees or full-time equivalents must offer affordable minimum essential coverage to its FT staff. That much is known. However, what happens when an employer utilizes staffing firms for a considerable portion of its staff?

IRS Limited Non-Assessment Periods Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read. The Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRP) under the Affordable Care Act may seem straightforward, but, in reality, complying with them can be challenging and time-consuming.

Leverage Powerful Data, More Actionable Plan for Better Workforce Engagement

Engagement surveys deliver volumes of data, but leaders often need a path to actionable insights. How do leading survey platforms help to build better employee engagement? Explore Gallagher's latest whitepaper to leverage data with insights that work.

3 Resources To Assist Employers With 2021 ACA Reporting

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It’s officially the final quarter of the 2021 tax year and that means tax season is right around the corner. What precautions is your organization taking to ensure a smooth ACA reporting experience this year?

How to Handle ACA Filing Corrections With the IRS

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3 minute read: If you found yourself in a situation where you received receipt of your ACA information returns for 2020 with a status of “Accepted with Errors,” you’re not alone and you need to make filing corrections.

IRS Affordability Safe Harbors Help Avoid ACA Penalties

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4 minute read: How exactly do employers prove to the IRS that the healthcare plans they are offering to their workforce are affordable under the Affordable Care Act ?

ACA Special Enrollment Period Garners 1 Million Signups

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3 min read. President Biden’s special enrollment period has already generated 1 million additional signups on the federal ACA health exchange.

How to Make the Hybrid Model Work for Your Team

Can you give your employees the best of both worlds? Research has shown that when executed correctly, hybrid working models can allow companies to recruit better talent, achieve innovation, and build a flexible, productive future.

ACA Affordability For 2022 Tax Year to Decrease

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For the 2022 tax year, the ACA affordability threshold will decrease to 9.61%.

How Will a New Era of Healthcare Entrepreneurs Be Impacted by the ACA?

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At some point, the gig economy was bound to expand into industries most never imagined. With the growing rate of Americans taking on some form of a job within the gig economy , it’s become something that many employers are seeking to understand and, in the case of the federal government, regulate. The healthcare industry is no exception.

The ACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance

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3 min read. The Supreme Court case in which the Justices consider whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional without the Individual Mandate will see a judicial decision any day now. .

[UPDATE] What Employers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Credit

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3 minute read: The latest IRS Notice 2021-23 provides additional rules on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) with respect to quarter one and quarter two of the 2021 tax year. .

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

Introducing The Employer’s Guide to Coding ACA Form 1095-C

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The fourth quarter is right around the corner and with it comes the inevitable tax filing season.

How The Raise the Wage Act Could Impact ACA Compliance

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3 minute read: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last month that outlines the budgetary effects on American employment if the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 is enacted.

These Common Mistakes Can Result in ACA Penalties

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3 min read. ACA compliance can be time-consuming and complex. There is a myriad of issues that can arise during the course of the year that can make employers’ annual IRS filings more difficult than necessary.

Court Case Challenges ACA’s Free Preventative Care

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In the series of legal challenges against the ACA, the latest is an attack on free preventative care and it just may undermine significant advancements made to the U.S. healthcare system. The plaintiffs in the court case Kelley v.

What Is the Top HR Priority in 2021? Attracting and Retaining Talent

The war for talent is heating up. The 2021 Gallagher Workforce Trends Report: People & Organizational Wellbeing Strategy provides a data-driven approach to total rewards, helping you attract and retain a competitive workforce and drive organizational success.