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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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Expanding the Role of Healthcare Risk Management

At the recent ASHRM conference in Seattle, session content described how clinical risk managers across the country are utilizing the enterprise risk management approach. Is it changing the role of the clinical risk manager?

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How to Turn Open Enrollment Into a Win-Win

Employers that engage their employees year-round with a steady flow of information will find that their employees are more comfortable during open enrollment as they are more educated about offerings and all benefits available. 

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IRS Releases Information on the Collection Process for §4980H Payments from Employers

The IRS has announced to plans to start collecting 4980H payments from employers for the 2015 plan year. Payments due are associated with the employers’ failure to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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Man’s Best Friend Coming to a Healthcare Facility Near You

It’s a time of stress – violence in our communities, natural disasters, political uncertainty, and personal issues are on everyone’s minds. All this, coupled with geographical distances separating people from family and friends, many individuals are turning to their furry friends for support.

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How Employers Should Handle MLR Rebates

For the sixth year in a row, employers who sponsor an insured group health plan may be receiving a Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebate from their insurers. Self-funded medical benefit plans are not subject to these requirements. The rebates raise several fundamental questions for employers, including: How much (if any) of the rebate must be […]

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Interview With Cyber Security Expert
Nick Casillas – Introduction from
Parker, Smith & Feek’s Tim Schmidt

We all remember the first email we received from a “foreign dignitary” offering us a ridiculous sum of money in exchange for paying a small amount of taxes, claiming the funds had come from an unknown distant relative.

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