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ALERT! PCORI Fee Due by August 1

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By   1 week ago

For plan years ending in 2015, plan sponsors of self-funded health plans must pay a PCORI fee by August 1, 2016. Use IRS Form 720 to pay the fee.

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Q3 2016 Deadlines & Reminders for Group Health Plans

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By   3 weeks ago

This is Leavitt’s Quarterly Update of Deadlines and Reminders in the upcoming quarter. This is for third quarter of 2016.

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DOL Increases Fines for ERISA Violations after August 1

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By   3 weeks ago

DOL penalties for ERISA violations will increase for penalties imposed after August 1, 2016.

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IRS Will Accept ACA Information Returns After June 30th

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By   3 weeks ago

The IRS has announced that electronic ACA information returns may continue to be filed after the June 30th deadline, and in some cases the IRS will not impose penalties.

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1094-C Electronic Filing Deadline June 30

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By   1 month ago

Just a reminder (as if any large employer is unaware) that June 30th is the deadline to electronically file forms 1094-C/1095-Cs. Here are answers to recent questions we have received:

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EEOC Issues Sample Wellness Program Notice

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By   1 month ago

Under new EEOC rules (published May 17, 2016), employers that offer wellness programs that collect employee health information must provide a notice to employees giving them specified information. The EEOC has published the sample notice below to help employers comply with the ADA:

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Taxability of Wellness Program Incentives – IRS Memo 201622031

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By   1 month ago

Employer wellness programs are on the rise, and both the IRS and EEOC have released recent guidance. This article explains the recent IRS guidance (IRS Memo 2016-22031), which addresses the taxation of certain payments and rewards under wellness programs.

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Wellness Programs, ADA & GINA: EEOC Final Rule

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By   2 months ago

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules on how employer wellness programs can comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Both rules were published in the May 17, 2016 Federal Register, along with Question-and-Answer documents for ADA […]

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Understanding Owner-Owned Captives

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By   3 weeks ago

Owner-owned captives are one of the most common types of captives. Download this white paper to learn more about how they work and what you need to know before entering a captive.

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Protect Your Business with Life Insurance for Key Employees

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By   4 weeks ago

Life insurance for key employees (key man life or key person life) protects a business from losses that can be incurred after the unexpected passing of a key employee.

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Life Insurance: A Strategic Wealth Transfer & Business Tool

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By   3 months ago

While life insurance is essential for taking care of family members when you die, it can also be a critical strategic tool when it comes to wealth management.

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Guiding Your Safety Efforts with Incident Rates

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By   4 months ago

Incident rates are a very useful tool for companies to use in benchmarking their performance. Developing these benchmarking tools can be a very helpful first step in monitoring your safety performance.

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OSHA Civil Penalties Set to Increase Significantly in 2016

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By   4 months ago

Are you aware that civil penalties for all employer violations of OSHA regulations will be increasing this year? While an OSHA citation can be costly, the health and safety of employees is on the line when safety standards are not enforced in the workforce.

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Are Your Employees Appropriately Reporting Workplace Injuries?

By   7 months ago

Underreporting workplace injuries can have a serious impact on an organization. Learn how you can use injury reporting as a proactive solution to safety.

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Keeping Employees Safe with Personal Protective Equipment

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By   7 months ago

Learn how to keep yourself and your employees safe on the job through personal protective equipment.

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Recognizing and Preventing Workers Compensation Fraud

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By   9 months ago

There are many types of workers compensation fraud, and fraud can be perpetrated by just about anyone in the system.

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What is Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

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By   6 days ago

Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is designed to protect you financially in the event you are injured or your vehicle is damaged by another party who is uninsured or is carrying lower liability limits than the amount of damage they caused.

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Hurricane Preparedness – What You Need To Know

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By   6 days ago

Hurricane season is here. This article includes a few hurricane preparedness tips everyone should consider in order to best prepare for and recover from tropical storms and other natural disasters.

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Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses

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By   2 weeks ago

Heat-related illnesses can be prevented, but it is also important to be aware of the symptoms and first-aid measures to take if necessary.

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Wildfire Risk and Protection Resources

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By   3 weeks ago

If you live in wildfire-prone areas, preparation is key to keeping your home and family safe. This article includes links to a few resources to help you prepare.

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Teens and Distracted Driving

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By   3 months ago

Keeping teens and young adult’s attention focused on driving and eliminating other distractions can have a positive impact on their safety.

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Auto Insurance – Does Continuous Coverage Really Matter?

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By   3 months ago

One of the things insurance companies consider when they quote an auto policy is the length of coverage in your insurance history. If they see a long, unbroken history of insurance, they’ll reward you with lower rates. If your record is spotty, fragmented by periods with no coverage, you’ll pay more as a result. Essentially, […]

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A Tax-Time Reminder About Nonpublic Personal Information (NPI)

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By   4 months ago

It’s the week before the U.S. federal tax deadline, and a word of warning is in order. Many people are still furiously finalizing their federal and state income tax filings. Eventually, you’ll finish the paperwork and get it ready to send off. If you’re using an online tool to do your taxes, you may be […]

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Common Coverage Gaps

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By   6 months ago

Even the most careful people sometimes have coverage gaps in their auto insurance that could put themselves, their family, and their belongings in danger. Here are some common coverage gaps to be aware of.

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Improve Employee Retention with a Total Rewards Program

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By   2 months ago

What steps are you taking to build a quality workforce and improve employee retention? Are your employees aware of the value and benefits you are providing?

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New Overtime Regulations – Stay in Compliance

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By   2 months ago

New overtime regulations take effect December 1, 2016. Take the time now to prepare for these changes to ensure you are in compliance.

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A Practical Approach to Controlling the Cost of Health Care

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By   5 months ago

What can employers do to control the rising cost of health care within their own companies? What levers or tools exist to help employers keep expenses at a minimum while offering a quality benefits program in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”)? Cost Management Approaches  In the past, employers have tried to shift […]

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Keeping Employees Engaged in Wellness Throughout the Year

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By   5 months ago

Tips and strategies to keep your employees actively engaged in a healthy lifestyle all year long.

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Gratitude – A Powerful Workplace Motivator

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By   8 months ago

Appreciation is a powerful motivator, particularly in the workplace. Employees who feel appreciated by their employers are more likely to put forth their best effort at work.

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Investing in Employees Through Education Programs

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By   11 months ago

Many companies are finding that helping their employees get college degrees, obtain professional certifications, or simply close gaps in their skill sets can be beneficial to both the employee and the employer.

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Improve Your Benefit Plan Communications

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By   11 months ago

By improving your benefit plan communication strategy, you can ensure employees understand what is available and ultimately increase smart utilization of benefits you are offering.

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Firing Best Practices

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By   12 months ago

If you hire, sooner or later you’ll have to fire. Terminating an employee can put your company at risk, so pay attention to these firing best practices so you can tailor your termination procedures to protect your company as much as possible.

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Top 10 Exercise Myths

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By   3 months ago

Before you decide to hit it hard at the gym, consider some common misconceptions regarding exercise and weight loss. Here is a list of the “Top 10 Exercise Myths” to get you started.

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Tax Day — How Will You Spend Your Tax Refund?

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By   3 months ago

This year, we all got an extra weekend to finish filing our income taxes. When it comes to your tax refund, how do you compare to your fellow Americans?

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Creating Safer Passwords

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By   4 months ago

Are you doing what it takes to protect your online accounts? This infographic will help you see if your passwords are up to par.

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April Fools’ Day Pranks from Corporate America

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By   4 months ago

Many people love to play tricks on their friends and family members on April Fools’ Day. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of companies who have taken advantage of April 1st to have a little fun. In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, we present a few of our favorite corporate pranks. Groupon is known for […]

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Working Off Your Favorite Fast Food Meal

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By   4 months ago

It’s lunchtime, and you’re hungry. You forgot your humble sandwich and bag of carrots from home, which is a 20-minute drive away—especially during the lunch hour rush. You have one hour to get food, and it needs to be fast. So … where to? Before defaulting to the minute-saving drive-thru, you may want to consider […]

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Leavitt Group Marshmallow Peeps Survey – The Results

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By   4 months ago

This Easter, Leavitt Group polled its employees about their attitudes and activities centered around what may be the most polarizing candy in America: Marshmallow Peeps. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these fluffy, sugar-covered confections are one of the best-selling Easter basket stuffers, with over 2 billion sold every year. You can take the survey yourself […]

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Easter Candy Trivia — Infographic

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By   4 months ago

Before you get your fill of Easter candy, it’s time to get your fill of Easter candy trivia!

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Digital Easter Egg Hunt — A Baker’s Dozen

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By   4 months ago

Easter egg hunts are traditional fun for kids of all ages. Another type of “Easter egg” is a hidden feature in a software program, video game, movie, or DVD menu. Google’s search engine is famous for adding fun little tricks and features to make searching more fun. This Easter, we thought we’d point out a […]

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