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Perspectives on P&C Insurance for Manufacturers and Distributors

Welcome to our annual review of the insurance marketplace relative to manufacturers and distributors. Our goal is to stay aligned with our clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries, and provide insight and practical information to help them make informed decisions.

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Reminder: 1095S Due to Employees by March 2, 2018

The filing deadline for the 1095 forms to be furnished to employees is approaching fast. These forms are due March 2, 2018.

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§4980H Offer Requirements
and Associated Penalties

We are entering another season of employer reporting deadlines, and the IRS has sent out their first batch of letters with proposed employer penalties under $4980H from the 2015 filings.

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Cadillac Tax Delayed Until 2022 and HIT Suspended for 2019

The short-term funding bill passed by Congress in January to re-open the government contains two employee benefits–related provisions that are of interest to employers.

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Tax Treatment of Transportation Benefits Changes Under New Law

Qualified transportation fringe benefits include benefits such as employer-provided parking, transit passes, and vanpool benefits. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act signed on December 22, 2017 changes the tax treatment for certain employer-provided transportation benefits.

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Preparing Generation Z (1995-2012)
for the New Tech Jobs

In the next decade, it is estimated that two million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled. When the average age of millennials in manufacturing is already 27, it’s time to focus proactively on the “Z Generation” (1995-2012) to help address this shortage.

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IRS Extends Due Date for Employers Provide
Form 1095 to Employees and Participants

The IRS announced that it has extended the due date for employers and insurance companies to provide 2017 Forms 1095 to individuals.

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Lessons Learned From Parker, Smith & Feek’s FMLA Manufacturing Roundtable

Recently, Parker, Smith & Feek hosted our first ever manufacturing human resources roundtable to discuss FMLA and state leave laws. The goal of our roundtable was to give those in an HR or similar role the opportunity to share best practices, concerns, and general questions with an expert in employment advice, as well as their peers.

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Tax Bill Benefit Changes Getting Closer

In a vote taken early Saturday morning, the Senate passed its version of tax legislation. This increases the chances of the final bill being signed by the president and becoming law before the new year. However, it’s not over yet.

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IRS – Letter 226J
What Employers Need to Know

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains requirements called the employer shared responsibility rules (often called the employer mandate). Code §4980H requires applicable large employers (ALEs – those with 50 or more full-time equivalents) to offer coverage to full-time employees and their dependent children.

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Builder’s Risk vs. CGL Policies – Which Policy Responds for Damages on a Project?

With all of this activity, the possibility that damage may occur on one of those projects; insurance may be needed to pay for the damage; and the owner, developer, and contractors may be confused as to which policy should respond is foremost on the minds of claims professionals.

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